Ponca is located in northwest Arkansas in Newton County. The tiny community is especially popular in the spring during canoe season (Mar - June) and again in the fall months when the Rocky Mountain elk are in rut during prime autumn leaf color.
Autumn sweet gum trees along the upper Buffalo National River near Ponca, Arkansas. The Buffalo was designated by Congress as America's first national river in 1972. The region typically enjoys an extended fall season, beginning in late September with peak color usually occurring mid-October into early November.