Tyler’s Bend Campground located next to the Tyler’s Bend Visitor Center on the Buffalo National River is a beautifully maintained campground with several very much appreciated amenities. Even though there are many sites available with views of the river, Stephen and I choose a site directly across from the bathrooms and set-up camp. We have had views of the river for the last two nights and decide it will be luxurious to follow a quick, lighted, paved walkway to showers and a western-style toilet that I can actually sit upon. After setting up camp, I head to the bathhouse to wash my hands before making Salmon Patties for dinner. As I approach the building, I notice…could it be?…YES! A dishwashing sink! With hot water! I run back to camp and announce my discovery to my husband. After four days of backcountry cooking following Leave No Trace principles, the sink is a very special luxury. We do not have to heat our water and we can wash our dishes using a little more suds.
The campsite at Tyler’s Bend Campground is large, flat, and clean. The tent pad is very large and the stakes slip into the ground easily. A large picnic table is another luxury. Not only do we have a table to prepare, cook, and eat dinner and breakfast, but we have a nice platform to roll the tent and sort the paddling gear. It is a good feeling to have that done and not so much to do when we get home. Staying at Tyler’s Bend the last night has been a great ending to a fantastic, mostly perfect paddling experience.