Nestled cozily in Arkansas’ slice of the Ozark Mountains, Withrow Springs State Park is named after Richard Withrow who established the area’s first grist mill. The reason people flock to visit this park each year, however, is to hike the many trails that lead you to local natural attractions, such as the enormous limestone bluffs that surround the area, mystical bat caves, and the freshwater springs of course!
What makes Withrow Springs State Park a consistently popular destination? The variety of recreational activities that can be found within. Visitors can choose from options such as diving into the seasonal swimming pool, shopping in one of the multiple pavilions, the enticing snack bars, tennis, and basketball courts. Fishing and boating are among the most common activities, and if you and a group want to try floating down the water, the park even offers a shuttle and canoe renting service for you!
Camping at this park is relaxing and pleasant, as most of the campsites are located in more wooded, shaded areas. Primitive sites are first come, first serve, but the park does offer campsites you can reserve, which come fully equipped with hookups and a modern bathhouse.
The trails in this park are a notoriously great experience, and among those is the popular War Eagle Trail. Along this trail visitors will come across one of the only caves in Arkansas open for public viewing. However, this popular cave is temporarily closed. Reach out to park officials for more details.
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.
All hook ups. Level sites. Trees between sites give lots of shade
We came to this state park after hours without a reservation and grabbed our site. We wer the only tent campers, and there were only a few RV’ers. The next morning we went to the camp office and paid our nominal fee (senior discount). The camp is beautifully maintained, great bathrooms and shower facilities. We chose this site to make day trips to War Eagle mill and Eureka springs, so it was a great location. The tent sites were some of the best we have seen, so perfect for tenters! We hiked the premier hikeand dispite fighting spiders the entire trail it was beautiful with caves and river views.
This is a small park, but it does have a bit of everything - RV hookups, walk-in sites, trails, and play ground for kids. Unfortunately the road (AR 23 spur) goes right next to camp sites and there is traffic all night long. Also, the tent pads are just a bit small - our Coleman Montana 8 just barely fit. However, the bathrooms and showers were very clean and well maintained.
My family of four with two pre-k kids loved this campground! The walk-in sites are off a paved sidewalk, making it easy to get your stuff to the site, but there is a lot of natural foliage and cover so you don’t see more than a couple other sites. Its close to several great Spring put-ins for floats. The bathrooms were really clean, the visitor center was helpful and had plenty of firewood. There is a pool, it was closed for renovations while we were there, but we prefer the river anyway. There is also a great wading creek onsite and freshwater spring. And a small playground! We really loved this campsite, it may be one of our favorites!!
Small, quaint campground. 29 RV sites with water hookups and electric. 10 primitive walk in sites (Just a stone throw walk). The pool has closed down due to a crack… no cell phone reception in the campground, but its camping! Get unplugged! ❤
This small State Park just outside Huntsville Arkansas has many amenities. Family friendly handicap accesible. I has 30 tent Rv and walk in tent camping. There is a very nice playground for the kids, a swimming pool in the summer months. Campgrounds are very clean clean and have full bathrooms and showers.
We went to this quaint little park for a quick weekend getaway. Two families with kids met up and tent camped in sites next to each other. Clean campground, beautiful dogwoods, cute little spring.
Nice mellow creek to splash or canoe in (on site rentals), plus swimming, and short nature trails. Lovely cliffs near the water with lots of trees.
Yay: classic Ozarks beauty in a very modern campground with extras like sports. Wooded private and large campsites.
Nay: only a few campsites are near the springs
Surprise: you can float the river, including rental tubes and a van shuttle onsite.
Withrow Springs is a pretty nice park overall, but it does have some detractors with the stagnant water filled with algae along the side of the road and the bugs. The positives, it is a really nice facility with well maintained campsites, bathrooms, and a large pool if you have little kids, and a nice visitor's center.
The War Eagle Trail is also nearby with a gravel parking lot right near the entrance of the park.
There are also a lot of trees with shaded campsites. It is not a perfect campground but it is pretty nice. With a few upgrades and some drainage issues fixed, this park could easily be a four star park and campground.