John F. Kennedy Campground is located on the Little Red River just downstream of Greers Ferry Dam in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of north-central Arkansas.
In his last major appearance before his death, President John F. Kennedy stood on a flag-draped platform overlooking the just-completed Greers Ferry Dam and spoke of the prosperity the lake would bring to the region.
Today, a million visitors flock yearly to the scenic waters for family camping, fishing, boating and hiking.
Greers Ferry Lake is an outdoor enthusiasts' dream, with boating, sailing, water skiing, swimming, scuba diving and fishing opportunities. Hikers enjoy the area's three National Nature Trails and one multi-purpose, fitness trail.
The William Carl Gardner Visitor Center is just west of the dam, with exhibits, a children's touch table, and a replica of the world record 40 lb. 4 oz. brown trout caught in the Little Red River downstream of the center.
This campground offers 73 sites with electrical hookups, 13 of which also have water hookups. Additional amenities include flush toilets, showers, a dump station, picnic shelter and a boat ramp.
A dense mix of red cedar, black gum, red oak, elm, pecan and sweet gum trees forest the area, providing shade in the summer months and beautiful fall colors in autumn.
Wildlife is plentiful around Greers Ferry Lake. Visitors commonly see white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, rabbits, squirrels and a wide variety of birds.
With over 30,000 acres of water surface, the lake serves as a playground for all kinds of water sports. Eighteen parks around the shoreline provide modern campgrounds, boat ramps, swim areas and marinas.
For local information, please call (501) 250-0481 or call (501) 362-2416 for general information.
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We loved this park! Our site was on the river, and the park is very clean and well maintained. There is ample spacing, and spacious patio areas with firepits. We had water and 30A electric (50A is available), the dump station is located at the park entrance. There was a group of tent camper’s across the road from us, adjacent to the warm and clean bath house (one of several in the park). The age range we observed was 20’s to 70’s, and several families with young children. There are also several potable water fill points. We will definitely return!
Great campground on the bank of the Little Red River; a cold water, world class trout fishery. Great bath, picnic and fishing access. USFWS trout hatchery on site. One of my favorite campgrounds. Shady and cool in the hot Arkansas summer and protected from the wind for a great camping trip.
great camping, right by the river next to The hatchery. great fishing and close to town.
I have camped here for years with my dad. The tent sites are always maintained well and the bathroom facilities are cleaned everyday! It's very close to the Little Red River and you can easily walk down to fish or walk to shore line if the dam isn't releasing water. That would be the one drawback to this camp site is when the dam releases water, the river rises a lot. I'm talking a good 5 feet. Which can make it difficult to fish or enjoy the river. However, there are hiking trails and the trout hatchery all in the same area, so you can find things to do no matter what the conditions. I have and will always continue to recommend this place to anyone that asks.
Very nice little campground just off Arkansas Hwy 25 by Greers Ferry Lake, Heber Springs, Arkansas. Actually, many of the campsites are along the beginning of the Little Red River. A lot of people were fishing here, and there is a fish hatchery here also, so better know the fishing regulations if fishing.
Campsites are fine, at least partly shaded for many sites, not huge, but at a great location. Nice short hiking trail along Collins Creek. Thumbs up for this place. Would be happy to hang out here again some day.