Some of the reviews I read suggested that you need a four wheel drive vehicle to make the drive up. Maybe when it's wet that might be the case, but it was dry when we were there and we had no problem making the drive in a Fiat 500. If that little car can make it, any car can make it. Yes, you need to take it slow and easy, it's a rough, steep, gravel road.
We stayed in the tent campground. Peaceful spot, every star is visible. All of them. Beautiful sunrise in the morning viewed from the rim trail. Wish we had longer to explore, but we were off to Devil's Den right after breakfast. Hope to make it back some day.
Me and my best friend call this place base! Always a beautiful view no matter what time of year. The trail that leads to the falls is amazing and easy to hike. There is an additional trail passing the first waterfall that is dangerous and steep but very worth the view at the top!the hot showers are always appreciated and the peace and quiet we get to endure doesn’t compare to anything. Love this place!
Their campsites are in a great spot, they are easily accessible on a paved road
The sites are not all level so be picky with what site you choose, we always go find an empty spot that will work first, they have horse camps, tv sites, and camper spots as well as small cabins, each spot has different amenities but most have electric and running water near!
CAMPGROUND REVIEW:: Mount Nebo State Park, Arkansas https://www.arkansasstateparks.com/parks/mount-nebo-state-park
Turning off I-40 at Exit 88, Mount Nebo is viewed less than 10 miles southwest…a stand-alone mountain.
At the base of the climb, signs posted numerous times, “Crooked and Steep, no trailers over 24 ft”. I have driven up a lot of steep and twisty mountain roads, and these warnings are to be heeded. Grades are up to 18%.
The State Park rests up its summit.constructed by the CCC, many of their stonework craftsmanship can be seen in the buildings and trail system.
The “Rim Trail” is just that…a 3 1/2 mile trail running the top rim of the mountain, with long views. There are two distinct areas of the “Rim Trail” that can be driven to…to capture those special photos…Sunset Point and Sunrise Circle.
Different sections of the Rim Trail range from easy to moderate to strenuous. They are marked. Bicycles are not permitted on the Rim Trail but are permitted on other trails as are horses. So know and exercise proper trail etiquette.
There are bear in this area, and precautions are taken by the park. Park staff informed us of numerous venomous reptilian, too…so be aware on the trails, or if you choose to wander off them.
A large rentable enclosed stone pavilion sits on the end of the mount, between Site 17 and the pool. Yes, a very nice pool (separate daily or annual fee). A standard picnic pavilion also sits out front of the larger stone pavilion beside public parking area.
The beautiful Visitor Center is deeper into the park to the right. You can sit on its back porch and look out over the valley. There are numerous cabins that are available for rental…and appear very inviting.
When you crest the top of the mountain, the camping area is directly to the right, as are the pavilions and pool. Cabins dot the summit, but private residences are interspersed among them. As mentioned, the Visitors Center is further up the road to the right…on the right.
Being on an 1800 ft elevation summit, surrounded by valley…its quiet and enjoys a constant breeze. Enjoying blue skies, the shade trees are appreciated in the camping area.
On a Wednesday, the 1st of August, we had our pick of beautiful and spacious sights. Very few campers on this day. So we chose site 17, directly on the Rim with unimpeded long views and unobstructed breezes. It was a toss-up between 16 and 17 …even 14 is directly on the Rim. $22 + tax a night.
Each of these sites had separate electric, water spigot, fire pit, standing grill, picnic table and lantern post. Metal bear cabinets and resistant trash receptacles were clustered conveniently among the campsites. Though I was surprised they didn’t have timber outlined leveled tent areas. In fact, you need to be somewhat creative in locating a level tent spot.
Restrooms are clean and stocked. The pool showerhouse has but one shower a piece for men and women. The entire park is well-maintained and clean.
Overall, a very enjoyable and relaxing campground.
Easily accessible from Interstate 49. Multiple sites to choose from. You can pay on site once you pick an open spot. They have bathrooms and shower facilities. Sites inside the park are close to trail heads. Park Rangers are active at night patrolling and doing park ranger things. Outside the park there are some better more spacious options to camp. They are next to the creek so you get the creek noise. Alittle more secluded. Overall a nice place to camp in NWA.
We rolled in at 8pm on a Friday night. The sign said "campground full" but thanks to another review we disregarded this and found an open site, as did the person who drove in behind us. The 26 sites are in two layers, one closer to the parking lot, one closer to the woods, river and bluffs. Rangers patrol regularly and are very helpful. There is a ranger station beyond the horse campground which is a pleasant walk or a quick drive. We stopped there to get our National Park stamp! Easy access to a trail directly from the lot, or walk beyond the horse camp to the Old River trail head. Centerpoint Trail is a 15 minute drive away and offers access to the Big Bluff/Goat Trail. Caution drivers: the road in to the campground is windy and steep. A sign warns against bringing RVs. However there were an enormous bus and tons of horse trailers and campers at the bottom of the hill - braver people than I:) Bathrooms are clean, dimly lit at night presumably to keep bugs out. Each site has a lantern pole, fire ring and picnic table. Lost Valley Trail and shelter are a 10-15 minute drive away. Since it was raining we cooked our dinner in the shelter. Overall a beautiful place with great access to multiple trails as well as river access. Sites are a little close, but if you're fine with having neighbors 20 or so feet away, we highly recommend:)
Horseshoe canyon ranch is an awesome place. There are many places to camp as well as bathrooms. It is a spectacular place to climb from beginner to advanced! The ranch also has cabins and horseback rides. Check out their website for more info.
This campground is no longer maintained. However, it is a great place to camp. When I camped there no one else was there. There are multiple camp "sites" and an outhouse. It is in a beautiful area. The Ozark Highlands trail goes through the campsite so if you are up for a hike it's the perfect place to camp!
Mount Magazine is a beautiful State Park with great hiking trails. We hiked Signal Hill (highest point in Arkansas) and the North Rim Trail. Both were beautiful. This is a great place for families to camp. There is a welcome center with a small gift shop. Our campsite was spacious with water and electric although we were tent camping. Shower and bathroom facilities were nice and clean. They also had a place to hang glide. We checked out some of the cabins for future options, and they looked amazing with beautiful views.
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.
Busy with floaters in the springtime. Tent loop on short bluff along “long pool”. Great swimmin’ hole, shower house for floaters and campers. Great little waterfall in hollow about 1/2 mi up river on creekside trail. Used to be an old high water cable crossing and footbridge (50 yrs ago) only the anchors remain.
great class II-III whitewater floating.
Trailer hookup sites next to C of E boat ramp, adjacent to numerous covered picnic sites and 3 playgrounds. 2 large pavilions for rent. Just below Dardanelle Lock and Dam in Russellville city limits. Adjacent to city soccer complex.
State park with swimming pool in summer. Playground and swings for young ones. Several hammock friendly sites. Hang gliders frequently use the bluffs to launch. Beautiful views of Arkansas River/Lake Dardanelle.
Campsites are close together with little privacy. Several rental cabins as well.
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.
Pros: Trails Mount Magazine close by Dogs allowed Sites on the bluff Deer Sunset and Sunrise points Burn what you find
Cons: One shower stall in restroom Sites layout is weird and close together Pack of dogs roams at night
I would recommend calling ahead and seeing if you can get the site on the Bluff it looked beautiful. You can burn what you find around the site so that's awesome. There is a pack of dogs that came through at night. So be sure to put up your trash and food at night. Especially since bears could be around.
Mount magazine is an hour away. They do have some less strenuous trails. I think it is worth going to and checking out. The trails in Nebo are a little rough. The map says easy… I think that is if you are an expert hiker. lol. There were some steep points and going down various rock trails.We had 5 dogs and 7 people and we were all struggling a tad. Also the trails do have short cuts but they will be steep. If you go down the mountain then you will have to go back up.
On the way to mount magazine there is a store ran by Mennonites. It's worth a stop to check out. They have fresh eggs and wood for sale. They also have various mats and general grocery items.
A great Arkansas destination for outdoorsy people.The steep road climbing to the top of Mount Nebo keeps the big RVs away. Stop your car at the lookout point before you reach the top. When you arrive, walk into the Visitor's Center and right through the other door on the back to take in the view and step right onto a nice hiking trail. The campground has an open feel, so you might see cars going by on the main road, or strike up a conversation with your camping neighbors. It is nonetheless a nice place, particularly the sites that overlook the bluff. If you have kids, there are two sites that back up directly to a playground. For tent campers, the real draw is the hike-in campsites, which are easy to hike to on a flat, wide trail that circles the top of the mountain (similar in width to a fire road), or the various other well maintained hiking paths that parallel or criss-cross it. Wake up and check out the view at Sunrise Point, enjoy a day of hiking and other activities, then top it off with the view at Sunset Point.
I loved my visit at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch! Evem though we only climbed there it was still a blast! The prices werent tremendously bad, and HCR also provided tons of routes to hit. Very satisified with my visit!