Busy little older park on a lovely lake near Eureka Springs, AR. Great birdwatching opportunities, nice hiking trails. Mostly tent camping, some with electric. Sites lower and closer to the lake subject to flooding and can get quite boggy after a lot of rain. Reservations must be made via Reserve America, and you'll need to look at the map to get the site number since only a few sites have identifiers. Drive into the park is very beautiful, hilly and curvy!
After camping each month through the summer, it was a pleasant change for the temperature to dip for our two night visit to Lake Leatherwood City Park. We had booked one of the sites in what is known as Shady Grove, which is down on the edge of the lake. We kayak and it was a pleasant surprise to find only three powered boats on the lake throughout the weekend. You can rent canoes, paddle boards and paddle boats on an hourly rate if you haven’t brought your own. The campsite was built in the 1940s and still has that old feel to it. It’s basic but efficient and clean. The host is friendly and helpful. After camping in COE campgrounds and state parks, this is a nice quiet campground. There are numerous bike and hiking trails and a shuttle service for the downhill riders. This is definitely a campground we will visit again.
Camping was closed due to Covid, but we strolled thru the campgrounds. The tent camping area was spacious and close to the water. The handful of RV sites were very close together and up the hill from the water, without much view.
The lake is nice and quiet, allowing kayak, canoe, and SUP.
I didn’t get to stay here, camping was closed due to COVID. However, we did get to see the campgrounds. Tent sites were nice and relatively spacious and close to the water. The hand full of RV sites were underwhelming and close together, and not near the water.
The lake is pretty and quiet, just canoes, kayaks and SUPs allowed.
Also bring your mtn bike, as the downhill park is just outside the park.
The campground was closed to tent camping but open for RV’s when I was there(Covid-19 precautions), but I was able to check out the tent area. It’s down by the lake, with some sites at the back of a large meadow with a tree line(a few good hammock trees!) and some sites right next to the lake. I suspect that a lot of these sites next to the lake will flood as they are almost flush with the lake level. Some sites looked brand new with great tables, fire pits, and tent pads. Other sites were definitely older and a little worse for the wear. There is a great trail system in this park, so be sure to take a hike or three. Up in the RV area is a nice playground for the kids(when it is accessible again, after Covid passes), and down by the lake is a big boat launch with fun paddle boats and kayaks for rent(the rental cottage is right there at the boat house, very convenient).
e of our favorite campgrounds close to home, literally 2 miles as the crow flys. With the new improvements and tent pads just makes for a great camping experience
Memorial weekend outside eureka Springs and couldn’t have asked for a better place to camp!! Miles and miles of biking and hiking trails, swimming and fishing galore. The hosts are so thoughtful and considerate. Lovely place to spend time with your family, no cell phone service either which is phenomenal..
I came to scout this campground for a potential sister on the fly event I want to hold. Arrived at appointed time. My spot was blocked by another vehicle. I waited (in the sweltering heat) for 45 min while the park host tried to chase down the owner.
i finally drove to another campground and just ate the $44 for 2 nights
Spaces are tight, and very misrepresented on the campground map on reserve.com
Although the host was apologetic and nice…it was totally unacceptable. Signs should be in place to indicate non parking area.
my suggestion would have been a tow truck…
I am a huge fan of the springs in Eureka Springs and and the victorian style of the town itself. You can come here during any given time of year and find something of interest from the motorcycle rallies to the classic vw weekends to the art week or even fiddle fest and one of the most important things when attending any number of these events is finding the perfect site to stay.
I explored many options in my numerous trips to this area from those sites in town to those just outside its bounds, each offering their own unique features to add to the Eureka way of life.
On one trip I check out Lake Leatherwood City Park, a campground only about 10 minutes outside of the historic downtown area. This historic lake has both tent camping and cabin options.
I selected a tent option without electrical connections and it was only $13. My camp included the typical fire ring and picnic table, nothing to special in way of actual provided items. But something that did make #14 a bit better than most were the views of the lake itself. It was located in what they consider the meadow section of the campground, a bit further away from the restrooms but worth the walk because of the lake access.
I was very pleased with the size of my site and the overall feeling of the campground. It was not to crowded, despite it being a weekend. I feel like part of this was because of the time of year I was there, not yet summer. It was easy to maneuver in and out of camp and toward town where I spent the majority of my time.
This option is perfect for those wanting to enjoy the Eureka Springs area without the hassle of finding a place in city limits at a much higher price point. By taking the short 10 minute community you can save nearly $10 on a campsite or on the lower side up to $30 from hotels.
A few fun things to check out at the lake are the swimming beach, the dam area with the unique bridge across and the many trails for both hiking and biking.
- Get a pass for the trolly and park and ride instead of trying to find parking and paying much more. If you want you can park at the Harley Dealership and Pine Mountain Village area (large parking area with a trolly stop).
- Go on a springs tour, you can find maps at the downtown museum for where each of the springs are located and from there you can ride the trolly or walk to the majority of those.
This is a great little hideaway. Inexpensive, small and close to kayaking water…highly recommended