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Sky Hawk Ridge ... a 185-acre refuge on the Buffalo River

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,560 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Spacious 2 BR, 2 bath vacation home at gateway to Buffalo River National Park

This place is amazing. Sky Hawk Ridge is a 185-acre refuge at the gateway to Buffalo River National Park with only three cabins and plenty of privacy. One vacation home is available now; two new cabins will be open for reservations later this year.

Sky Hawk is located just off US Highway 65 on the north side of the river. Restaurants, canoe rentals and river access points at Grinders Ferry, Gilbert and Tyler Bend are just minutes away but at Sky Hawk you're secluded and surrounded by natural beauty -- away from it all.

There's beauty all around. From Sky Hawk's hilltop setting, you can see up the Buffalo River Valley to layered green hillsides and distant blue ridge lines. To the north the scene is pastoral -- rolling meadows with sentinel oaks, cattle grazing in lush pastures, Pilot Mountain in the background.

The entrance to Sky Hawk is on Gilbert Road (Hwy. 333), only 4/10 mile east of US 65. Enter the property past the split rail fence on the right. A long drive leads to the house through lush woods, past a beautiful wetland meadow, then breaks through the tree line to reveal a long open hilltop accented by grand old oaks. Around a bend and past an old red barn, you come to the ranch house, flanked by wide, open porches front and back.

Built in 2008 as a family vacation home, the ranch house at Sky Hawk Ridge is newly offered for nightly guest rental.

With over 1500 square feet of living area, the house is spacious, warm and inviting ... perfect for families. It has a huge, vaulted great room and two roomy bedroom suites, each with its own full bath.

You'll sleep well on comfortable beds with crisp, cotton sheets. There's a king bed in the master with a thick, pillow-top mattress, and two full beds in the guest bedroom with sumptuous memory-foam mattresses. A new sofa bed in the living room with a queen memory-foam mattress will comfortably sleep two.

The house is equipped with a washer and dryer, a full kitchen with appliances (no dishwasher), cooking utensils and dishes, central heat and air conditioning, ceiling fans, and a small gas fireplace in the living room for extra warmth on cold nights. Satellite TV, Wi-Fi and DVD players are available for guests.

The home is a perfect gathering place for family and friends. Sofas and chairs in the living room provide comfortable seating for eight people. An expandable dining room table seats six, and bar stools around a large kitchen island seat four more. Relax outside on rocking chairs on the front porch or a porch swing in back.

When you stay at Sky Hawk Ridge, you won't stay inside for long. Roam the land and discover the wonders of this beautiful place. Build a bonfire in the fire pit out back. Enjoy misty morning walks through dew-covered meadows. Watch gorgeous sunsets over Ozark Mountains. Explore miles of trails property through dense forests and beside crystal streams. There's wildlife all around -- deer, turkey, songbirds, and all sorts of woodland critters.

The property has 3/4 mile of park frontage and the Buffalo River Trail is just steps away from the property corner. The trail leads east to the town of Gilbert along high bluffs above the river valley, or down to the west to a wide gravel bar across from Shine Eye Bluff -- a perfect spot to picnic, swim, fish and enjoy a lazy afternoon.

Sky Hawk Ridge is the best vacation home rental at the gateway to Buffalo River National Park. You'll leave with lasting memories of your stay at this incredibly beautiful private retreat. Call us today for more information.

Note: Sky Hawk Ridge is in a dry county so plan accordingly. The closest liquor store is 18 miles north on US-65.

More Details

Property Manager
Lori Dean
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018


Saint Joe Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1560 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Two vanities, large shower, very roomy
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Washer and dryer located in this bathroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 double , Spacious bedroom with private bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Private entrance to bathroom
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , New queen sofa-bed with comfortable memory-foam mattress
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • water tubing


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(26 traveler reviews)

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Sky Hawk Ridge ... a 185-acre refuge on the Buffalo River
average rating of 5.0 based on 26 reviews

Perfect place to enjoy outdoors and family! This is how I would define "Glamping"

  • 5 of 5

We decided to take a last minute family trip to the Buffalo River. Our family loves to hike, kayak, and enjoy the outdoors, but we are not campers. Hawk Ridge was the perfect place for us. The property is gorgeous and so peaceful. Our three children (15, 13 and 6) and our border collie loved exploring the land and just being free to wander. They visited the pond often to check out the frogs. We set up our corn hole near the fire pit and had some tough fought family battles while we enjoyed the fire. We kayaked the Buffalo River - took the 10 mile trip and it was fantastic! Water level was ideal for kayaking. Sky Hawk Ridge was only 5 mins from Silver Hills who shuttled our kayaks back and forth. The house on the property is the perfect place to rest comfortably after spending the days outdoor. The place was super clean, beautifully decorated and very comfortable. The kitchen had everything we needed. We were a bit surprised that there was no dishwasher, but when we go back next year we will plan better for that. The wireless network was nice for the kids to connect in the mornings and night. I chose to stay unconnected to the outside world while we were there, but knowing we could if needed was great. My husband and I saw deer and turkeys cross the backyard as we enjoyed our coffee from the porch swing. Our family has been using VRBO for the last 8 years. We rent 4-5 vacation homes each year across the country and Sky Hawk Ridge is definitely a new family favorite. I think our youngest summed up our time at Sky Hawk very well when we were all sitting around the fire and she said "This was the best day ever Mom!". Thank you Lori for sharing your beautiful property with us and giving us the perfect setting to just enjoy our family!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to recount your experiences at Sky Hawk Ridge. We were touched by your kind remarks. It's heartwarming to know that your family loves this place as much as we do. - Lori
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Perfection in every detail!

  • 5 of 5

I almost don’t want to leave a review so we can keep this gem our secret!

Here is the summary: Attention to detail is flawless, quality throughout, dog friendly, views of mountains spectacular and incredibly private!

I am a very seasoned traveler and this hit all my check off lists..and then some! Just splendid

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Shreveport, LA

Peaceful, gorgeous, secluded cabin

  • 5 of 5

Had an amazing time. The dogs enjoyed absolute freedom roaming the 185 acres. We survived the polar freeze of 2018! What a fun place to endure It! Thanks again for an amazing time! Will come back, will recommend to all my friends!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Atlanta, GA

Words and Pictures Simply Don't Do This Place Justice!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I are frequent users of VRBO and I can honestly say that Sky Hawk Ridge was our most amazing rental ever! If you love nature, wildlife, wide open spaces and lots of room to roam, stunning views, privacy, cozy (but very spacious), spotlessly clean and beautifully decorated accommodations, then this is definitely the place for you. I could truly go on and on but instead will simply say that if you choose this wonderful home, you will be glad you did. The Ozarks are lovely, Eureka Springs is charming, the Buffalo River is amazing but the icing on the cake is truly Sky Hawk Ridge! I feel certain that this is a trip we will make again in the not too distant future. Many thanks to Lori and Ron who were helpful and very accommodating and who clearly work very hard to ensure that the home is perfect condition.

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome cabin!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect Ozark cabin! Tons of land! Close to great trails and hiking! Ron was great and very helpful when we got a flat tire and pointed us toward a tire shop just in time to rescue the day. There is a nice fire pit and the house is very updated and comfy.

The cabin is close to some good eats and a smoked meats shop so I recommend trying them out!

We will be back and this cabin might become part of our yearly rotation of vacation rental stays!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Restful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Sky Hawk Ridge is the real deal. We visited in October with our adult son and daughter-in-law. They hiked and camped on the Buffalo River,;we enjoyed the many trails on the property. It is totally private, although the Overseer, Ron, was extremely helpful and available for any issues that came up, or to give advice as to local color. Speaking of color, the foliage was reaching its peak and the views are pastoral and lovely. The amenities inside the house are excellent. Warning: it is a dry county surrounded by some other dry counties (except Boone to the north), so plan accordingly!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ferguson's Country Store and Restaurant
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Ferguson's Restaurant and Country Store
Car: necessary

Sky Hawk Ridge is at the center of activity for the middle section of the Buffalo River, the most popular and scenic part of the river where water levels are floatable all year long. Tyler Bend Visitor Center is just across the bridge; the town of Gilbert is right down the road. Nearby Ferguson's Restaurant, Big Springs Cafe and Coursey's serve delicious home-cooked meals.

Spend your days floating the river and marvel at the spectacular bluffs along the way. Fish, swim and picnic on clean, wide gravel bars. Hike or horseback ride on miles of trails through the park.

One of the nicest sand and gravel bars on the river that is easily accessible by car is across from Shine Eye Bluff, just below the property. The Google Map above shows the access road on the east side of US 65, just north of the bridge. It's a great spot for a family picnic, and an afternoon of fishing, swimming and enjoying the beauty of the Buffalo River. There is public parking, a restroom, and a picnic table available.

On a rainy day, take a road trip to Leslie, Arkansas to explore antique shops and artist galleries and dine in charming downtown cafes.

Take a day for a scenic drive around the upper river where you will enjoy sweeping mountain vistas, beautiful countryside, and historic Ozark towns along the way. Or drive 50 miles north to Branson for a day of shopping, fun and entertainment, then escape the crowds at the end of a fun-filled day to return home to your cozy mountain hideaway.

You can vacation for a week or more at Sky Hawk and never run out of fun and interesting things to do.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $20 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 10.0%

1. Daily rates based on 4 guests
2. Additional guests add $20.00 plus tax /person/night.
3. Dogs, 1, add $20.00 plus tax per day
4. Dogs, 2, add $30.00 plus tax per day
5. Maximum 8 guests, 2 dogs.
6. Daily rates are based on min. 2-night stay for each booking that includes a Friday or Saturday night.
7. Book 5 consecutive nights and save 10% off nightly rate.
8. Add $25.00 for 1-night stay (Sunday-Thursday nights only).
9. 3 night minimum for June 30-July 4.
10. No ATV's or UTV's can be ridden on our property.

Note: Sky Hawk Ridge is i a dry county so plan accordingly. The closest liquor store is 18 miles north on US-65.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.