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.
We stayed here in our RV and the price was way over the top for us. They did have nice amenities. The area is nice. But for the price, I could have stayed in a hotel in Eureka Springs.
This is one of our favorite ‘close to home’ campsites. It’s about an hour out of Northwest Arkansas.
All of the trails are very nice to hike, even for our little ones.
FYI there is no AT&T signal at the campsite. If you need signal you can get it at the visitor center and on most of the trails we hiked.
War Eagle trail is amazing, but I believe the lower portion is closed Indefinitely… Beautiful views, a pleasure all the way around
We like this campground because it’s small and very shady. It has easy access to a trailhead from the campground or you can drive to the War Eagle trail at the front of the park. You do have to drive to the visitors center but they sell ice & firewood and a few basic supplies. The pool seems to be permanently closed now so don’t count on that. In the spring you can float War Eagle creek. Overall, we found this to be a nice quiet campground to escape to during Covid. Close to home for us.
Quiet and relaxing park. Paved sites which make them very level for rv’s. About 30 mins from Eureka Springs.
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!!