CAMPGROUND CLOSED INDEFINITELY
Nestled in the forested splendor of the rugged Ouachita Mountains, this recreation area is located in the southern portion of the national forest. Visitors are invited to hike the nature trail or experience the excitement of a canoe trip on the Little Missouri River.
The Albert Pike Recreation Area is now for Day Use Only. As a result of flooding and potential flooding the former campground is now a day use area with parking spaces, picnic tables, water faucets and restrooms with toilets, sinks and showers.
The main attraction of this area is the easy access to the Little Missouri River and the hiking trails along the Eagle Rock Loop. The river and the hiking trails are beautiful. If you need supplies, the town of De Queen has a number of stores, restaurants, gas stations and services available. The small town of Langley has a convenience store/gas station.
Depending on the time of year the mosquitos and black flies can be pervasive. The facilities are showing their age and some wear. On the weekend this area gets a high number of visitors, so it is best to arrive early in the day.
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!
this campground is closed due to a flood in 2010 in which multiple people were killed. But go here and go up the mountain on Forest Road 106, 2.1 miles and on your left will be Winding Stairs trailhead. hike this for some of the most beautiful scenery to offer. go about 2.3 miles in once you cross the river twice look for a small trail that leads to the ultimate camping spot. huge rock facing behind it and small path leads straight to some of the most clear blue swimming holes and beautiful rock facings that you will see anywhere in Arkansas. you will thank me, I promise!
A high casualty flash flood in the campground in 2010 led to the closure of the campground. The recreation area is still open for day use. Backpackers can access popular trails including Eagle Rock Loop, along which there are several developed backcountry campsites.
This area is superb for primitive camping along the mountain road side pulloffs. Or if you're up for more of a challenge like us, you can take on the 28-30 mile Eagle Rock Loop trail. Beautiful views. Lots of water crossings over the Little Missouri River. Area is prone to severe flash flooding so know the weather before heading out. Well worth the work. And you will work.
Although the campground is closed due to the flood (at least last time I checked), it's definitely worthwhile to camp a little up the trail and in the backcountry. My boyfriend and I are expert backpackers/hikers/campers, and this is one of our favorite spots. The water is perfect, the woods lush, and lots of wildlife. Just be careful not to go when rain is expected, because it can be very dangerous. And pack your trash out!