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Buffalo River Resort

Buffalo River Resort

Buffalo River Resort is on the Buffalo River in Lobelville, Tennessee. The resort has 100 acres of land spaced where guests can pitch a tent, park an RV, reserve The Sunset Lodge, or one of four cabins. The resort is open year-round for reservation at The Sunset Lodge, cabins, or an RV site. River floating and primitive camping are only operational during the summer months. Reservations can be made on the company's website. The onsite manager, Carol, strives for her guests to feel a sense of peace on their visits. Floating the Buffalo River is a major summer attraction. The business is capable of providing a shuttle for guest's personal kayaks or tubes. Buffalo River Resort rents rafts for 6-8 persons, single or double kayaks, canoes, and single/double tubes.


A variety of units are offered at Buffalo River Resort, namely four cabins, one lodge, one apartment, thirty RV sites, and an open area for tent camping. The general manager of the business, Carol, describes the lodge as having four interior queen bedrooms, and each of their doors open to a common area with a big screen TV, four leather sofas, a bar-style kitchen, and two full bathrooms. The lodge is rented out by one group of guests at a time and can sleep up to sixteen people with air mattresses brought in. A firepit, grill, wraparound porch with picnic tables, rocking chairs, two family swings, and private parking are also available for those who reserve the lodge. The cabin unit is a single room with a full kitchen, television, a queen-sized bed, a pull-out couch, a full bathroom, and a covered porch with two rocking chairs.

The RV sites are equipped with full hookups that include 30/50 AMP electricity, water, and sewer. RV spaces are secluded back in the hollow. The camping spaces are intended for tents and hammocks only. Located along the river, these spaces are not officially drawn, allowing guests to pick their location to pitch a tent. This also means that dry camping is on a first-come, first-served basis, and there is no way to reserve a specific tent site. A bathhouse is located close to the primitive camping with restrooms, sink counter, and shower stalls.

Carol mentions that there are a variety of attractions in the area. One that is found on the property is the Buffalo River, which gives guests the opportunity to tube, kayak, canoe, or raft down the river. Buffalo River Resort rents all watercraft for visitors and the public to enjoy. Carol remarks that another activity that can be done at the river is fishing, "so guests should bring their pole and fishing licenses." Outside the boundaries of the property, people can visit nearby cities, such as Lobelville, Linden, and Hurricane Mills. Nashville, the state capital, is also about one hour away by car.


Carol, the general manager of Buffalo River Resort, would like their guests to feel "at peace" during their stay at the property, and to "have loads of fun on the river, and relax by an evening bonfire." They implement a quiet time at night to further emulate their goal of a peaceful environment. 

In addition to the enforced quiet time, which begins at 10:00 p.m. each night and ends at 9:00 a.m. the following day, there are several other policies that visitors should be aware of while they are staying at Buffalo River Resort. The business is pet-friendly, therefore, guests can take their dogs to the river on the canoes or keep them at the RV/camp sites; however, pets are not allowed in the lodge, cabins, or inside any of the other buildings.

Buffalo River Resort hosts events and an annual concert for the public to purchase tickets every year. Also, for those with a reservation, the establishment hosts small holiday music weekends by the river, which can provide music to those who decide to attend. These concerts are free of charge to guests. Similarly, the business also hosts songwriter events at the lodge through Musicrow Coach & Summit.

Many of those who have visited Buffalo River Resort have left reviews of their experience. One person who recently stayed at the resort wrote, "Staff was super friendly and helpful. They have good systems and communication, which I really appreciate. As for the float, our kayaks and equipment were in great shape, and we didn't have to wait at all for the bus to take us upriver. This stretch of the Buffalo was pretty." Carol remarks that, over the years, the establishment has received many returning patrons. The typical demographic of guests that visit range between youth groups, sororities, couples weekends, and families. The primitive campground is open from May through October.


Buffalo River Resort has been operating for about twelve years, and Carol, the property manager, mentions that she has been working for the company for five years. The manager notes that the business has been sold to three different owners over the years. She explains that she first came to the Buffalo River Resort as a patron "since the day it opened." One of her favorite aspects of the job is the spaciousness of the property, being near the river all year long, and meeting people who stay at the resort.

The owners have several plans for the future and construction projects she would like to see accomplished to give her guests a few more amenities on the grounds. One such plan is to build a store on the property that will sell a variety of souvenirs and snacks to patrons staying at Buffalo River Resort. Carol explains, "The property will continue to grow to accommodate our customer base."

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3520 Hwy 13 N
Lobelville, Tennessee 37097
United States



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