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Unveiling Arkansas's Top 25 Campsites: Lakeside & Scenic Gems Await

Whispering pines, crystal-clear lakes, and the kind of sunsets that make you promise to live a little more—Arkansas is calling. Will you pitch your tent where the wild things roam?

Tobi Miles
July 23, 2022

Arkansas is home to the magnificent Ozark Mountains, the Buffalo National River, and sizable areas of three National Forests. The best part is that it is brimming with amazing camping locations.

Excellent campgrounds can also be found high on top of mountains, in privately operated horse pastures, and tucked in the midst of the forest. However, many of the greatest ones are situated on one of the state's numerous lakes, making them ideal for individuals who wish to fish, swim, and boat.

Here are the top camping spots in Arkansas, whether you want to camp in an RV or head out into the wilderness with nothing more than a tent. Prior to your visit, be sure to phone the restaurants and attractions to verify the most up-to-date hours of operation.

1. Blue Heron Campground

Credit: Blue Heron Campground / Facebook

Forget about spending hours exploring backroads in search of the ideal camping. On the shores of the White River, this campground is easily accessible from the roadway.

Pets are welcome but need to be controlled at all times and kept on a leash. For bigger gatherings, there is also a pavilion with various amenities. The RV sites provide complete hookups, 30/50 amp connections, a dump station, and bathrooms.

Although it is a small campground, the location is beautiful and the personnel is very kind. The predominant type of fish in the region is White River trout, and fishing is a fantastic sport for youngsters as well as a genuine camping adventure.

Phone: (870) 453-4678

Address: 150 Blue Heron Dr, Flippin, AR 72634, United States

Website: https://www.blueheroncampground.com/

2. Denton Ferry RV Park & Luxury Cabin Rental

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Denton Ferry RV Park & Luxury Cabins is a spot to unwind and take in the stunning views of the White River when passing through or visiting the area. It is located in an Ozark Mountains riverfront meadow.

The park provides 27 pull-through sites on the land and 17 riverfront sites. Each camp has a grassy lawn area, and some of them even have access to their own fire pit. Modern shower facilities, a welcoming lounge, gaming, dining places, and a library are among the amenities.

Phone: (870) 435-7275

Address: 740 Denton Ferry Rd, Cotter, AR 72626

Website: https://dentonrv.com/

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3. Hot Springs National Park

There are numerous alternatives available for campers of different inclinations at the KOA campground in the Hot Springs National Park. This KOA location offers the ideal arrangement for RVers.

There are 75 RV spaces overall, 13 of which are pull-throughs. There are 15 extended-stay suites and 66 full hookup sites available. There are a number of secluded, standalone tiny cottages suitable for you if you wish to stay in a small cabin and pack light.

Every location has a picnic table and lots of room. There is a wonderful playground nearby, and hiking is simple to get to. If you're itching to go fishing, Lake Hamilton is nearby.

Phone: (501) 624-5912

Address: 838 McClendon Road, Hot Springs, ARWebsite: N/A

4. Willow Beach Recreation Area & Campground

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Although Willow Beach Campground's peak season has already begun, that does not imply you shouldn't be able to obtain accommodations.

There are 21 individual campgrounds and 3 group campsites close to the Arkansas River, however, those can only be utilized during the day.

There are various parts of Willow Beach Campground apart from the main camp area. Each one has lovely covered picnic benches, barbecues, and electricity and water hookups.

Although the campsite is modest, it is rarely crowded. The fact that it is pet-friendly makes it ideal for a getaway week—this is one of our favorites!

Phone: (501) 961-1332

Address: 11690 Willow Beach Rd, Scott, AR 72142, United StatesWebsite: N/A

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5. DeGray Lake – Alpine Ridge

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Alpine Ridge is a fantastic choice if you're seeking tranquility and ease of access. Southwest of Little Rock is where this state park is located. This campground on Lake DeGray offers a lot of solitude and peace in comparison to the others.

RVers will be relieved to learn that access is quite straightforward on paved roads and that locating a level spot will take little time at all. Tent campers will appreciate the time spent in the forest.

There is a boat ramp for accessing the sea as well as a fantastic swimming beach. There are spots hidden among the trees where you may set up camp if you're into more of the rustic feel.

Phone: (501) 865-5850

Address: 757 Alpine Ridge Landing Road, Amity, AR 71921

Website: https://degraylake.org/alpine-ridge-park/

6. Downtown Riverside RV Park

Credit: Downtown Riverside RV Park

The Downtown Riverside RV Park in downtown Little Rock has a special location on the riverbank of the Arkansas River. Visitors have a wide range of activities to choose from because of its accessibility to both nature and the city core.

The RV park has 72 sites, each with water, 50 amp power, and, in certain cases, sewer. There is also a dump station provided. The park has gates to ensure your safety.

The Downtown Riverside RV Park is the ideal location for campers who wish to take in the city of Little Rock and its surrounds.

Phone: (501) 340-5312

Address: 250 S Locust St, North Little Rock, AR 72114

Website: https://downtownriversidervpark.com/

7. Hickory Creek Campground on Beaver Lake

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Arkansas lakes have lovely beaches and are wonderful for families, and Hickory Creek is a great place to play volleyball, go swimming, and relax. There are 55 tent sites and 61 RV sites available at this park.

Southwest of the Hobbes State Park-Conservation Area, in Arkansas' northwest corner, is where you'll find Hickory Creek.

Phone: (479) 750-2943

Address: 12618 Hickory Creek Road, Lowell, AR 72745

Website: N/A

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8. Gulpha Gorge Campground

Credit: National Park Services

Gulpha Gorge is one of the best campgrounds in Arkansas, and it's only a short drive from the charming downtown Hot Springs. Beautiful hiking routes may be found in the park, and a meandering creek runs directly through the campground.

It has 30 and 50 amp complete electric hookups, as well as sewer and water, and can handle tents and RVs. There is no "pull-through" on campsites.

Each area has a stand-up grill, a picnic table, and water. There are bathrooms available, but no showers. Eight people and two vehicles (either an RV and a tent or two tents) are the maximum occupancies per site.

Phone: (501) 620-6715

Address: 305 Gorge Rd, Hot Springs National Park, AR 71901, United States

Website: N/A

9. Lake Catherine State Park

One of the little lakes to the southwest of Little Rock is called Lake Catherine. There are 70 RV sites available at this secluded and quaint campsite, in addition to yurts, bungalows, and cottages.

You can also take advantage of the 70 tent sites. Your trip will also be more pleasant thanks to hot showers and laundry facilities!

There is a playground for children and lots of trails for those who want to spend some time in nature. Don't forget to check out the canoeing and boating choices if you like spending time on or in the water.

Phone: (501) 844-4176

Address: 1200 Catherin Park Road, Hot Springs, AR 71913Website: https://www.arkansasstateparks.com/parks/lake-catherine-state-park

10. Ozark Campground

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There are 31 tent and drive-in campsites available, and they are all first-come, first-served. There are picnic tables, fire rings, and lantern hooks available at each of them.

During the camping season, flush toilets and water are accessible but there are no power amenities. There is a vaulted toilet in the winter, and there are no additional fees for camping.

There is a swimming hole nearby the campground, which is a nice spot to chill out on a long hot day. Kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, and several hiking and biking paths are also available nearby.

Phone: (877) 444-6777

Address: Co Rd 129, Harrison, AR 72601

Website: N/A

11. Mount Nebo State Park

Compact RVs (less than 24 feet), truck campers, tented campers, and anyone looking to rent a lodge will enjoy Mount Nebo. It is tucked away in Arkansas' western region, just northwest of the Ouachita Highlands.

At Mount Nebo State Park, there are 14 miles of trekking and bike paths. Viewpoints of the river valley are available from cabins and campers on the cliff. Campers can also find 24 Class B RV sites and 10 hike-in tent sites in conjunction with cabin rentals.

Please be advised that this is a one-way road with numerous switchbacks and at least one 18 percent grade. DO NOT try to arrive at this campground after dark.

Phone: (479) 229-3365

Address: 16728 West State Hwy. 155, Dardanelle, AR 72834Website: https://www.arkansasstateparks.com/parks/mount-nebo-state-park

12. Wanderlust RV Park & Cabins

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The Wanderlust RV Park & Cabins, which is only 5 minutes from the center of Eureka Springs, is the ideal spot to stay if you want to explore the area.

Visitors will enjoy the diversity of regional attractions, which include musical performances, art fairs, automobile, and bike rallies. There is also an abundance of dining establishments and retail stores. Just half a mile from the town are a number of hiking and mountain bike paths as well.

The RV park looks out over a deep valley wherein magnificent sunsets can be seen. It has 88 full hookup sites, 51 of which are pull-through, and has a peaceful atmosphere. Additionally, there are laundry rooms, bathrooms, and showers. Also available are cabin rentals.

Phone: (479) 253-7385

Address: 468 Passion Play Rd, Eureka Springs, AR 72632

Website: http://www.wanderlustrvpark.com/

13. Gamaliel Campground on Norfolk Lake

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Situated in The north Central Arkansas, slightly south of the Missouri border, is Gamaliel Campground on Norfolk Lake.

There are 63 total sites with room for tents, Motorhomes, rvs, and truck campers, as well as tiny house cabins that can be rented.

Even though there are showers and potable water sources, pack enough drinking water with you to survive the duration of your trip. At numerous locations, there are picnic tables and firepits (always consult with the local officials before burning anything).

This lake, like many alpine lakes, was made possible by the construction of a dam. Prepare to get down and take in the sights since the water is beautiful and clean and the snorkeling adventures are wonderful.

Although driving in Arkansas is gorgeous, the tightness of the turns and the topography can make it difficult to see. Try your best to arrive at your site throughout the day.

Phone: (870) 425-2700

Address: 324 West 7th Street, Mountain Home, AR

Website: N/A

14. Buffalo National River Park – Lost Valley Lodging

Cabin camping may be the best option if you'd want to spend time outside but are unable to set up a tent or don't have an RV. Private cabins are available at the Buffalo National River's Buffalo National Lodging Campground.

No matter where you camp in the Buffalo National River Park, you'll have access to refreshing water to drink, bathe, and even swim in.

There is a lovely route with beautiful scenery and the satisfaction of an incredible view at the top if you like hiking!

Phone: (870) 449-6206

Address: State Road 43 at State Road 74, Ponca, AR 72670

Website: N/A

15. Petit Jean State Park RV and Campground

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A natural and historical treasure, Petit Jean State Park has drawn tourists for many years. From Little Rock, the park is about an hour and a half away by car.

There are 125 campsites total in the campgrounds (including 26 pull-through sites). In 35 of the sites, there are 50 amp power, water, and sewer hookups; they are known as Class A sites.

Water and electricity hookups of 30 amps are available at the 90 Class B sites. All sites can be reserved, the park claims.

Phone: (501) 727-5441

Address: E Boat House Rd, Morrilton, AR 72110, United States

Website: https://www.arkansasstateparks.com/parks/petit-jean-state-park

Related Read: 15 Best Hiking Trails in Arkansas

16. Greer’s Ferry Lake

In North Central Arkansas, there is a lake called Greer's Ferry Lake. Greer's Ferry will be among your top Arkansas Campsites if you enjoy being near the water. There are a lot of activities to enjoy here like swimming, diving, fishing, or boating.

On the waterfront complex, there are 12 campsites. At a rustic rest stop, you can set up your RV as well as your tent. The Greer's Ferry Dam, which President John F. Kennedy dedicated, produced this canal.

Phone: (800) 774-3237

Address: 10714 Highway 92 East, Bee Branch, AR, 72013

Website: N/A

17. Lake Ouachita National Forest

Whether you need to be alone or are camping with a group, The Lake Ouachita National Forest campground selection offers a wide range of choices.

Visit Jack Creek if you want challenging climbs and beautiful scenery. Rent one of the State Park cottages, which are situated at the State Park, if you'd like a little more comfort.

Only 20 miles west of Hot Springs, Arkansas, is the Charlton Recreation Area, where RVers can park in luxury. It should be mentioned that not all campgrounds have RV parking. Therefore, before traveling down any road, make careful to check with the site manager.

On Shady Lake, look for a campsite if you want some peace and quiet. There are 96 units with tents, restrooms, and water available as needed.

The fact that Shady Lake is motor-free is the best feature. Pack your kayak and head off for a paddle in the quiet.

Phone: (501) 767-9366

Address: 5451 Mountain Pine Road, Hot Springs, AR 71902

Website: https://www.arkansasstateparks.com/parks/lake-ouachita-state-park

18. Lake Sylvia Recreational Area

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One of the nicest camping areas in Arkansas is located one hour north of Hot Springs at Lake Sylvia Recreation Area. This location is ideal for serious trekkers who discover the Ouachita Trails while breaking into their Hiking Microspikes.

There are 27 camping spots available, 19 of which include electricity and water and 8 are tent-only. Due to the first-come, first-served nature of camping, there is a self-pay station (cash only) located directly at each site.

Phone: (501) 333-2526Address: 810 AR-324, Perryville, AR 72126Website: N/A

19. Charlton Recreation Area

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One of the nicest camping areas in Arkansas is the Charlton Recreation Area, which is about 30 minutes west of Hot Springs. The Walnut Creek near Charlton, part of the Ouachita National Forest, boasts some of the clearest waters in the area.

There are three loops and a total of 46 campsites in the Charlton Recreation Area's seasonal, summer-only campground. Ten of them have sewer, electricity, and water; twenty have water and electricity; and the remaining 27 are undeveloped, or primitive, sites.

Phone: N/A

Address: 154 Milholen Trl, Royal, AR 71968

Website: N/A

20. Devil’s Den State Park

A great area to camp in Arkansas is Devil's Den State Park. Don't let the park's somewhat eerie moniker deter you. It actually has some of the state's most breathtaking views. The state park is located south of Springdale, near the state's northwest corner.

Are you going to set up camp there? There are several possibilities available to you; specifically, there are 135 campsites

The cafe, swimming pool, and trails are not open during the winter months even if the park is. Therefore, you might need to bring everything you need for camping, including camping food.

Phone: (479) 761-3325

Address: 11333 West Arkansas Hwy. 74 West Fork, AR 72774

Website: https://www.arkansasstateparks.com/parks/devils-den-state-park

21. Baby Bears Camp

Baby Bears Camp is the ideal location if you're searching for a quiet setting to commune with nature in all of its unadulterated glory.

To create a habitat for wildlife, the area has been purposely kept overgrown. The controlled overgrowth just adds to its appeal. Plus, there's a high chance you'll spot a few amiable species.

On the 35-acre property, most of the campsites are only accessible on foot, although there are also a few drive-in and RV sites. The campground provides guests with fishing ponds and a disc golf course, as well as fire rings in the common area.

Phone: (800) 705-6346

Address: 807 Mcknight Ave. West Fork, AR 72774

Website: N/A

22. Bull Shoals-White River State Park

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The Bull Shoals-White River State Park, which borders both the White River and Bull Shoals Lake, is renowned for housing one of the top trout-fishing streams in the nation.

Along the river's edge, there are more than 100 campsites to choose from, including tent and RV sites. If you don't have an RV of your own, you may occasionally rent one.

In addition to the park's excellent visitor center, campers can fish, hike and mountain bike in the area. So there are lots of different activities to do.

Or, if you want to check out the visitor center, it has a big exhibit hall and frequently hosts nature walks, trout fishing demos, and other interpretive activities.

Phone: (870) 445-3629

Address: 153 Dam Overlook Lane, Lakeview, AR 72642

Website: N/A

23. Kings River Falls Camping

Credit: Kings River Falls Camping at Red Fern Campground / Facebook

Kings River Falls Camping is the destination to go if you're looking for peace and quiet because it is tucked away along a gravel road. However, it has absolutely no cell phone service. So, plan accordingly.

There are only a few campsites available, and each one may hold up to 8 visitors. In addition, some sites can only be reached by crossing a tiny creek.

In addition to swimming in the Kings River at the lovely swimming hole, campers will also have access to the 7-acre property's stunning caverns and rock formations. Firewood can be obtained from the campground staff, and campfires are permitted.

Phone: (501) 324-9619

Address: 1543 Madison 3500, Witter, AR 72776

Website: https://kingsriveroutfitters.com/camping

24. Millwood State Park

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Millwood State Park is a family-friendly campground with simple access to outdoor sports on and off the water. It was established so that people might take in the splendor of Millwood Lake.

There are just 45 campsites, yet there are alternatives for everyone, from basic tent sites to sites with full hookups.

Right beside the campground is a lovely walking track, and the marina offers canoe and fishing boat rentals.

The park is an Important Bird Area, and far more than 300 different species of birds have been observed here, so birdwatchers ought to bring their binoculars.

Phone: (870) 898-2800Address: 1564 AR-32, Ashdown, AR 71822Website: https://www.arkansasstateparks.com/parks/millwood-state-park

25. Morningstar Camping

One of the few sites where you can have exclusive access to Lake Leatherwood is Morningstar Camping. It is situated on a 16-acre privately owned property in northern Arkansas.

Although there are no designated campsites on the property, campers are welcome to set up their tents virtually wherever. There is a guest restroom within the main house as well.

Visitors are encouraged to unwind at their campsites and take as much time as they like to explore the hiking trails on the property. However, you should also make plans to visit the nearby town of Eureka Springs! It has a wonderful historic district full of Victorian-era homes.

Phone: (870) 606-2530

Address: 14 Wildflower Lane Murfreesboro, AR 71958

Website: N/A

Article updated:
January 5, 2024

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