Chock-full of scenic natural beauty and breathtaking geological diversity, camping in Arkansas is an experience hard to forget. Campgrounds can be found on top of magnificent mountain ranges, sparkling lakeshores, and nearly anywhere in between. Known as “The Natural State,” Arkansas boasts two mountain ranges, three national forests, 600,000 acres of lakes, and 9,000 miles of streams and rivers. In addition to numerous camping and backpacking opportunities, Arkansas is long famous for its hunting and fishing scene. So lace up your boots and get ready for an unparalleled getaway camping in Arkansas!
Take an extraordinary escape to the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas in Eureka Springs. The entire city is on the National Register of Historic Places with its carefully preserved Victorian Buildings and unique architecture built around the city’s natural springs. Numerous campgrounds near Eureka Springs offer campers an opportunity to get up close with nature while staying within reach of the city’s curvy hills and winding streets free of traffic lights.
Just south of Eureka Springs lies the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, dedicating 459 acres to exotic cats. The sanctuary is home to tigers, lions, leopards, and cougars. Animal lovers can enjoy guided habitat tours and open discovery areas daily.
Just over an hour from Little Rock, AK, sits the largest lake in Arkansas. Renowned for its scenic beauty and clear waters, Lake Ouachita is surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest. Named one of the cleanest lakes in America, Lake Ouachita provides campers with ample water sports opportunities, including swimming, scuba diving, and angling. The Lake Ouachita State Park also offers scenic trails, two swimming areas, and a marina with boat rentals and fishing supplies.
Embark on a gorgeous trip through The Natural State. With The Dyrt, you can be sure to find the best camping in Arkansas along the way.
We stayed there for a couple of nights. Lots of pull through and back in sites, some are long enough you can put two rigs in (and they're are hookups for two as well!)
It's nothing fancy but you can take a walking bridge across the river directly into downtown Little Rock.
Very nice campground right on the Buffalo River. We walked to the river right behind the campground. Lots of bamboo around, and very big sand burrs! Beautiful river! The first National Scenic River in the country. Great for canoeing and fishing. Saw deer in the campground several times. Raccoons stole from our cooler the first night. Hawks, herons, pilated woodpecker, kingfishers, and lots of buzzards. The campground is spread out, so you are not right on top of each other. Central water supply. Dump station.
This place has a small RV loop with a full bathhouse, as well as a loop of walk-in tent sites with access to two nearby toilets and sinks (but not showers). Unfortunately, the loop is little compressed; both too close to the road noise and to neighbors across the median area in the center of the loop. Also, the pool is reported to be permanently closed, and you need to hop in the car to get to the playground and hiking trailheads. They could do a better job redesigning the layout of things to fix these issues and add privacy as well as easy access to the recreation features.
Pluses are: a nice Ozarks setting. We enjoyed War Eagle trail even though the cave is closed, because it offers some great views. We found the second half of it too risky with our young child, due to steep dropoffs and wet conditions. Also, we took side trips to Eureka Springs and two pretty waterfalls along the gravel county roads near Forum, Ark. Overall, a worthwhile destination.
Well kept and very quiet campground. The weekend we went there were lots of park activities and visitors. The camping area is kept away from the rest of the park activities, which made it nice when you wanted to get back away from the crowds. Great views, hiking trails, and abundant wildlife to view. Very unleveled and rocky terrain would be only downside.
Absolutely Gorgeous! My husband and I stayed 3 nights in site 26, back in with electric. If you bring a long enough hose, you could do a water hookup. We used the shower in the bathhouse across the street, which was very clean and had very strong water pressure. Huge site and a public pier behind us, which we had to ourselves for the most part. In the busier months/weekends, I would book away from the pier.
This is one of my all time favorite places to camp. I’ve only ever been in the fall and winter. So it’s quiet. When you first get there it’s a little unnerving because it’s so quiet. There’s no road noise at all. Just nature and the occasional chopping of firewood. It’s all very clean. They have toilets and water spigots that are open til November. And vault toilets for winter.
I love love this whole area, so sad you can't camp here any more. Tons of great spots nearby though, along the creeks. Alberta pike is overgrown but still beautiful, and quiet!
Enjoy every second. Amazing mountain views to see. And just gorgeous place to visit
This Corps of Engineers campground provides the necessities for fishermen. Reservable and walk up sites with picnic tables, electric and water hookups. Some with shelters. Showers and restrooms are well maintained. The office is closed two days a week but you can pay the attendant at their site. Access to the Norfork River means you can be fishing early before they start generating for the day (check the generation schedule at SWPA.com). When you’re not fishing on the river you can take a tour of the fish hatchery across the road or ride up to the lake for a swim. Dry Run Creek, which runs by the hatchery to the river, is only fishable by kids 16 and younger or those with mobility impairments, but it’s still a beautiful place for a walk or picnic even if you don’t get a shot at one of the thousands of trout.
The COE Brady Mountain Campground was beautiful, but plan on arriving during daylight hours or you might think you have lost the way. After recent rains the lake level was high and several low water crossings on the road into park looked intimidating at night. Daylight revealed that we were in a newly opened spot with gravel pad, fire ring, picnic table, lantern hanger and electric hook up. Water was available nearby as was a serviceable shower house. The new sites are near the boat ramp and swim beach. There are older sites on several other loops with similar service. Tent sights on top of the hill offer fantastic views of Lake Ouachita.
The main campground is a nice one with running water and showers. Several spots have good trees for hammocking. Sites are not self-pay, you need to go to the office to use a site. Main campground has sites you can park your car at, but they also have a section you have to walk a little ways to. You can also get a permit to back back on the Butterfield Trail.
Park has variety of trails including several mountain biking trails, shorter trails, and the 15 mile Butterfield Trail. Devil's Den is one of my favorite spots in the Missouri/Arkansas area. I try to go every year if I can!
Steel Creek is home to the most iconiv and photographer bluff of the Buffalo National River, Roark Bluff. It is an absolutely gorgeous area and features a short trail to a vantage point for taking pictures of Roarok Bluff as well as access to other Buffalo River hiking trails.
Campground has tent sites, self-pay, and bathrooms with running water. Not as many sites have the trees for hammocking as some of the other campgrounds. Sites have picnic tables and firepits.
Easy access with paved roads up to the campground.G
It does get fairly crowded in the summer, so the best time to visit is a warmer spell during off-season.
Kyle's Landing probably has to be my favorite campground along the Buffalo National River. Though less well-known than spots like Steel Creek, the campground has the same amenities, yet with much less of the crowd that Steel Creek draws.
It has a beautiful bluff and easy access to the river as well as access to several hiking trails including Indian Creek. It has bathrooms with running water, self-pay sites, and each site has a picnic table and firepit. Great spots for hammovking along the tree line.
The only warning is I would recommend a four wheel drive vehicle. The road to and from is I think about two miles of dirt road, but all pretty steep. TWD vehicles can make it back up, and I have done it several times. But it is a lot easier in a 4WD/AWD.
The only reason I didn’t give a 5 is the partying kids across from us. They partied hard cussing and loud music until 3 am two nights in a row.
This is s wonderful park I grew up camping at. You can rent a boat and fish all day. Play in the waterfall or walk the great trails!
We love camping at Devils Den every spring! The trails are great and have beautiful views. The rangers and staff in the shop are very nice. Bring what you need the nearest store is about 20 minutes out and the restaurant is not that good.
The owner was extremely nice. He went over the trails in the area & marked the ones I wanted to go to on a map - which was extremely helpful since I kept losing cell service/gps while driving. The tent site where I stayed had a picnic table with a lean-to over it & electric. They provided some firewood as well. There are bathrooms & showers. Nothing fancy, but after a long day hiking the shower was a godsend. I'll definitely stay there again!
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