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About John Paul Hammerschmidt Lake - COE/Springhill
Access
Drive In
Walk In
Features
No Alcohol
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
No Market
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Reservable
Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
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RVs and Trailers
No Sewer Hookups
Water Hookups
30 amp Hookups
50 amp Hookups
Max Length: 40 ft.
Location
John Paul Hammerschmidt Lake - COE/Springhill is located in Arkansas
Latitude
35.3403 N
Longitude
-94.2969 W
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3 Reviews of John Paul Hammerschmidt Lake - COE/Springhill
Spacious and clean.

Stayed in campground B $20 for the night with water and electric hook ups. Sites are large with flat paved parking pad. I saw a variety of all sizes of rigs and some tents. There are lots of trees, it’s close to the river and very peaceful.

You need to make a reservation on recreation.gov in order to pay for a spot. We didn’t know this in advance but were able to find a spot, log in and pay for the site we picked. There were a lot available. Hosts came by later to make sure we paid.

There were showers, bathrooms, picnic tables, fire pits and a pole with a hook to keep the critters out of your stuff I’m guessing, also a dump station and water and a playground.

Cell service was excellent with AT&T and Verizon.

Quiet, huge sites

This is a great COE campground with spacious sites. I had site B09 which was far away from any other sites, had good shade, and had a view of the river. There are great trails on site for mountain biking or hiking. I saw deer, a snake, and what looked like a coyote on the trail. The other campers were friendly and quiet. Cell service was good with Verizon.

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Great COE Park!

Springhill Park in Fort Smith is yet another great U.S. Army Corps of Engineers campground and recreation area. We are huge fans of Corps parks for numerous reasons and this one did not disappoint. The campground is set among tall trees adjacent to the John Paul Hammerschmidt Lake and James W. Trimble Lock and Dam of the Arkansas River. The park is located in Barling, Arkansas which is just a short drive from downtown Fort Smith. The area offers plenty of sights to see (especially for history buffs) and interesting things to do. 

The campground is open year-round. Campsites can be booked on-line at recreation.gov except during the off-season (Nov- Feb) when all sites are walk-in. The park has 44 total sites divided into two loops– one with 30 amp electric (A loop) and the other with 50 amp (B loop). Water is available at some sites and at the centrally-located dump station. Finding out which sites have water on recreation.gov is a bit confusing. When looking at the “site list” page you will notice no sites have water listed as an“amenity” but it does list the electric. To find out if a site has water, click on the link for specific details of a particular site and it will indicate if there is water hook ups. 

All sites and roads are paved and easy to navigate in a big rig. Many sites are very long with only eleven sites being less than 45’ in length(and only seven under 40’). One major downside of this park is that only about half the sites(in Loop B) were not flat enough for us to get level without having the wheels off the ground. Smaller RVs or trailers that use blocks instead of automatic leveling jacks should be able to get level. All sites have a picnic table and fire pit. The sites in A Loop(pictured below) have a paved parking space adjacent to the paved RV pad. Campsites are closer together and have fewer trees creating a more open feel than in the B Loop but do back-up to a small pond that makes for a nice view. 

We stayed in site B1 and loved the privacy and tall trees surrounding the site and the large grassy field next to us. Sites B9 and B11 have great views of the water and offer plenty of room between you and your neighbor while others are tucked nicely into the trees. The patios in B Loop(pictured to the right) have a concrete patio on a cement pad. Most of the patios are located at the back of the campsite. We picked up roughly 15 television channels (including the three major networks) with our antenna. Trees may prevent you from getting satellite if your dish is fixed on the roof. 

Located in both loops are a bath/shower building(which were very clean), playground, and pavilion. There are hiking/mountain biking trails that leave from the campground. Mountain biking is a big deal here and there is a 10-mile"fast" trail where experienced bikers race frequently. Other amenities include basketball courts, boat launch and picnic pavilions. 

The park is a few miles from Fort Smith proper and about eight miles to downtown attractions including the National Historical Park. Within two miles are a few restaurants, gas station, and a super Walmart is less than four miles away. The area immediately surrounding the park is a nice part of town that felt safe to us. What we liked was that this park has well-spaced sites, a nice wooded setting and a site with the amenities of electric, water, and a pavement. The location was great to downtown Fort Smith so you didn’t feel isolated if you wanted to go sight-seeing, out to eat, or shopping. Being right on the lake meant we could easily go kayaking or fishing and there were plenty of places to walk throughout the property. Access to the park is easy and manageable for a big-rig towing a car. The price$20/night (or$10 for senior pass holders) is quite the deal. This park is great for dogs with lots of room to walk, trails, and places to swim. 

The only ding was that if this park would have had sewer at the site. But we loved it anyway and would definitely stay here again. The other ding this park gets is the fact that so many sites are unlevel.