Places to Camp near Mount Ida, AR

Mount Ida, AR is a great camping destination for adventurers of all types. Discover secluded campsites where you can reconnect with nature. Or maybe you like to bring your family and friends along. Either way, there are Mount Ida campgrounds just for you. Search nearby campsites and find top-rated spots from other campers.

Best Camping Sites Near Mount Ida, AR (190)

    Camper-submitted photo from COE Lake Ouachita Crystal Springs Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from COE Lake Ouachita Crystal Springs Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from COE Lake Ouachita Crystal Springs Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from COE Lake Ouachita Crystal Springs Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from COE Lake Ouachita Crystal Springs Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from COE Lake Ouachita Crystal Springs Campground

    1.

    COE Lake Ouachita Crystal Springs Campground

    43 Reviews
    53 Photos
    43 Saves
    Royal, Arkansas

    Overview

    Crystal Springs Campground, perched on the shores of Lake Ouachita in Arkansas, is an ideal spot for families, friends and couples. Approximately 1.2 million people visit the lake each year to explore its crystal clear waters and scenic mountain landscape.Click here for the Lake Ouachita Virtual Tour.

    Recreation

    Visitors enjoy fishing, water skiing, hiking and boating. Scuba diving is particularly popular because of the lake's high underwater visibility. Small and rare freshwater jellyfish (non-stinging) can be found, in addition to many types of fish, including the striped bass, lazily drifting between rocks. Bald eagles are a big attraction for bird watchers and photographers in winter months.

    Facilities

    Visitors enjoy fishing, water skiing, hiking and boating. Scuba diving is particularly popular because of the lake's high underwater visibility. Small and rare freshwater jellyfish (non-stinging) can be found, in addition to many types of fish, including the striped bass, lazily drifting between rocks. Bald eagles are a big attraction for bird watchers and photographers in winter months.

    Natural Features

    Lake Ouachita is nestled in the Ouachita Mountains just 10 miles west of Hot Springs National Park. The pool is fed by the cool waters of the Ouachita River and extends about 30 miles over 40,000 surface acres.

    contact_info

    This location is unstaffed. To speak with our main office for general information, please call: (501) 767-2101.

    Nearby Attractions

    Part of the scenic 223-mile Ouachita National Recreation Trail runs just north of the lake. Here, hikers and mountain bikers can explore an array of breathtaking views in the Ouachita Mountains.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $18 - $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Gulpha Gorge Campground — Hot Springs National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Gulpha Gorge Campground — Hot Springs National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Gulpha Gorge Campground — Hot Springs National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Gulpha Gorge Campground — Hot Springs National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Gulpha Gorge Campground — Hot Springs National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Gulpha Gorge Campground — Hot Springs National Park

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    Gulpha Gorge Campground — Hot Springs National Park

    72 Reviews
    199 Photos
    388 Saves
    Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

    Overview

    Gulpha Gorge campground is a tree lined retreat nestled on Gulpha Creek just a few minutes from downtown Hot Springs National Park and historic Bathhouse Row. Open all year, the campground features 44 campsites all suitable for RVs and tents. This popular spot is the ideal base camp for all of your Hot Springs adventures and tends to fill up quickly, even in the fall and winter. Reservations are recommended.____

    Recreation

    Hot Springs National Park boasts 26 miles (42 km) of stunning trails. Gulpha Gorge Campground has a trail access to Hot Springs Mountain and Bathhouse Row.__ The campground sits adjacent to Gulpha Gorge Creek. The creek is perfect for wading, sitting and playing.____

    Facilities

    Hot Springs National Park boasts 26 miles (42 km) of stunning trails. Gulpha Gorge Campground has a trail access to Hot Springs Mountain and Bathhouse Row.__ The campground sits adjacent to Gulpha Gorge Creek. The creek is perfect for wading, sitting and playing.____

    Natural Features

    Sit back and relax to the sounds of adjacent Gulpha Gorge Creek under the canopy of towering trees while being serenaded by the local winged inhabitants and you just may forget you are so close to downtown Hot Springs National Park.____ Enjoy a stunning hike to Bathhouse Row with mountain-top views along the way. Dip your toes in Gulpha Gorge Creek or stretch out on the cool grass to enjoy the breeze while planning a visit to one of the stunning spas on historic Bathhouse Row.

    Nearby Attractions

    Gulpha Gorge campground is just a few minutes from downtown Hot Springs National Park and historic Bathhouse Row.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (501) 620-6715.

    Charges & Cancellations

    __Cancellations more than 72 hours in advance of arrival date only incur a $10 transaction fee. Within 72 hours, $10 and the first night's fee are charged.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $34 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Ouachita State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Ouachita State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Ouachita State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Ouachita State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Ouachita State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Ouachita State Park Campground

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    Lake Ouachita State Park Campground

    44 Reviews
    208 Photos
    357 Saves
    Mountain Pine, Arkansas

    Welcome to Lake Ouachita State Park Campground! This place is a camper's paradise, offering a mix of tent, RV, cabin, glamping, and yurt accommodations. The tent sites are particularly popular, with many of them right on the lake, providing stunning views and a peaceful atmosphere. Just be prepared to park and walk your gear to your site, but trust me, it's worth it.

    The campground is packed with amenities to make your stay comfortable. You'll find electric and water hookups, clean restrooms with showers, and even a camp store where you can grab firewood, ice, and snacks. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the adventure.

    One of the standout features here is the lake itself. The water is crystal clear, perfect for swimming, kayaking, or just relaxing by the shore. The marina offers kayak and canoe rentals, and you can even take a sunset cruise for a small fee. If you're into fishing, the lake is teeming with fish, making it a great spot to cast a line.

    The campground is near Hot Springs, Arkansas, so if you feel like exploring, you're just a short drive away from Bathhouse Row and the national park. But honestly, once you're here, you might not want to leave. The park's trails, beautiful lakefront sites, and friendly camp hosts make it a place you'll want to return to again and again.

    So pack your bags, load up the car, and head over to Lake Ouachita State Park Campground. Whether you're here for a weekend or a longer stay, you're in for a treat. Just watch out for those crows—they're sneaky little thieves!

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Catherine State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Catherine State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Catherine State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Catherine State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Catherine State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Catherine State Park Campground

    4.

    Lake Catherine State Park Campground

    80 Reviews
    275 Photos
    370 Saves
    Jones Mill, Arkansas

    This peaceful park makes great camping near Little Rock and is located on Lake Catherine, one of five lakes in the beautiful Ouachita Mountain region. The only full-service marina on the lake is here at the park and open in the summertime for bait, snacks/drinks, and fuel. Boat rentals are available year-round. The park also includes a launch ramp, pavilion, picnic sites, playgrounds, and a well-marked trail that leads to a waterfall.

    The park has 20 fully equipped cabins, including one two-bedroom cabin with a patio overlooking the water and private access to the lake from its own fishing pier. There are also many native stone and wood buildings on-site. The history of these structures dates back to the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s. The park offers 70 campsites (47 Class AAA and 23 Class B), six primitive tent sites, one Rent-A-Camp, and one Rent-A-Yurt. Many of these sites are on the lakeshore. Park interpreters offer hikes, lake tours, and programs year-round. Guided horseback rides are offered seasonally.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs

    $15 - $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Denby Point
    Camper-submitted photo from Denby Point
    Camper-submitted photo from Denby Point
    Camper-submitted photo from Denby Point
    Camper-submitted photo from Denby Point
    Camper-submitted photo from Denby Point

    5.

    Denby Point

    18 Reviews
    56 Photos
    99 Saves
    Mount Ida, Arkansas

    Overview

    Groups and families of all sizes come to camp at Denby Point for its scenic views, year-round fishing and convenient boating facilities. The campground promises to entertain jet skiers, boaters, hikers and birders alike. Click here for the Lake Ouachita Virtual Tour.

    Recreation

    World-class striper fishing brings crowds of anglers year-round, and incredibly clear waters attract scuba divers, hoping to explore the flooded forests and mountain valleys below the lake's surface. Hikers take pleasure in the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT), which lines the southern end of the lake.

    Facilities

    World-class striper fishing brings crowds of anglers year-round, and incredibly clear waters attract scuba divers, hoping to explore the flooded forests and mountain valleys below the lake's surface. Hikers take pleasure in the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT), which lines the southern end of the lake.

    Natural Features

    Lake Ouachita sits in the heart of the Ouachita Mountains, just 28 miles west of Hot Springs National Park. The lake stems from the Ouachita River and boasts 692 miles of shoreline and over 40,000 surface acres.

    Nearby Attractions

    Explore Ouachita National Forest's 1.8 million acres, surrounding Lake Ouachita and extending across central Arkansas and southeastern Oklahoma.

    contact_info

    This location is unstaffed. To speak with our main office for general information, please call: (501) 767-2101.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $60 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Daisy State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Daisy State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Daisy State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Daisy State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Daisy State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Daisy State Park Campground

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    Daisy State Park Campground

    24 Reviews
    66 Photos
    108 Saves
    New Melones Lake, Arkansas

    Located in a scenic setting in the beautiful Ouachita Mountains, Lake Greeson and the Little Missouri River create a destination for outdoor recreation. Situated on Lake Greeson, Daisy State Park is a popular place for fishing and kayaking with rentals available. Lake tours offer views of magnificent rock formations that you may not otherwise see. The Little Missouri River also offers impressive fishing for trout and excellent floating in the spring. Other activities include ATV riding on the Bear Cycle Trail. Daisy is near Crater of Diamonds State Park which makes a great day trip from your campsite. There are three YURTs, 100 campsites (26 Class A, 56 Class B, and 18 tent sites), picnic areas, a pavilion, launch ramps, and a playground.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Charlton Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Charlton Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Charlton Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Charlton Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Charlton Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Charlton Campground

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    Charlton Campground

    13 Reviews
    77 Photos
    145 Saves
    Royal, Arkansas

    Overview

    Charlton Campground is located 17-miles west of Hot Springs National Park along Highway 270-West. This historic campground constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930's has been upgraded with modern amenities. Known as one of the coldest swimming sites in the State of Arkansas, the cool water temperatures can be enjoyed through-out the summer months.

    Recreation

    Charlton Recreation Area offers a developed day use with swimming and picnicking facilities. A large pavilion is located in the day use area. The swimming area is known by area residents as being some of the coldest water through-out the summer months. Walnut Creek, a spring-fed stream provides refreshing water in the swim site. Hiking trails are located in and around the campground. An amphitheater is located in the day use area for group gatherings. Campsites are available from a basic campsite to more developed with additional amenities, to include 30-50 amp electrical service, water connections and some sites offering sewer connections. A dump station is located at the campground. Walnut Creek runs through the campground and access is available for wading and fishing in the creek.

    Facilities

    Charlton Recreation Area offers a developed day use with swimming and picnicking facilities. A large pavilion is located in the day use area. The swimming area is known by area residents as being some of the coldest water through-out the summer months. Walnut Creek, a spring-fed stream provides refreshing water in the swim site. Hiking trails are located in and around the campground. An amphitheater is located in the day use area for group gatherings. Campsites are available from a basic campsite to more developed with additional amenities, to include 30-50 amp electrical service, water connections and some sites offering sewer connections. A dump station is located at the campground. Walnut Creek runs through the campground and access is available for wading and fishing in the creek.

    Natural Features

    Located in the valley between two tree covered mountains, the campsites through-out the campground are well shaded. The campground constructed along Walnut Creek, a natural spring-fed stream, temperatures are cool, even through the summer months.____

    Nearby Attractions

    Lake Ouachita Vista - Hickory Nut Mountain Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT) Lake Ouachita Hot Springs National Park Historic Hot Springs Quartz Crystal Mines

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $15 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Crystal Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Crystal Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Crystal Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Crystal Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Crystal Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Crystal Campground

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    Crystal Campground

    10 Reviews
    54 Photos
    213 Saves
    Norman, Arkansas

    Small campground in an attractive wooded site next to a small stream. More recreation opportunities in the Caddo/Womble Ranger District

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    • Fires
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    Camper-submitted photo from DeGray Lake Resort State Park — De Gray State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from DeGray Lake Resort State Park — De Gray State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from DeGray Lake Resort State Park — De Gray State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from DeGray Lake Resort State Park — De Gray State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from DeGray Lake Resort State Park — De Gray State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from DeGray Lake Resort State Park — De Gray State Park

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    DeGray Lake Resort State Park — De Gray State Park

    30 Reviews
    154 Photos
    106 Saves
    Kaweah Lake, Arkansas

    This recreation area is part of Degray Lake

    • Pets
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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Hickory Nut Mountain
    Camper-submitted photo from Hickory Nut Mountain
    Camper-submitted photo from Hickory Nut Mountain
    Camper-submitted photo from Hickory Nut Mountain
    Camper-submitted photo from Hickory Nut Mountain
    Camper-submitted photo from Hickory Nut Mountain

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    Hickory Nut Mountain

    10 Reviews
    41 Photos
    251 Saves
    Ouachita Lake, Arkansas

    Hickory Nut Mountain Campground, nestled in the Ouachita National Forest near Mount Ida, AR, offers a peaceful retreat with some stunning views. This spot is perfect for those who appreciate a bit of solitude and don't mind roughing it a bit. The campground is free to use and provides basic amenities like picnic tables, fire rings, and grills. However, don't expect luxury—there are no electric hookups, showers, or trash services, so you'll need to pack out what you pack in.

    The views here are a real highlight, with some campsites offering glimpses of Lake Ouachita through the trees. The area is also great for off-roading and hiking, with trails like Pollard Creek Trail nearby. If you're into primitive camping, you might find some hidden spots along the creek bed that are perfect for setting up a tent and cooling off in the spring water.

    Visitors have mentioned that the campground is generally quiet, though you might hear some road noise and see a few cars passing through to access the main trail. The restroom facilities are basic, essentially a portapotty, so come prepared. Despite the occasional traffic, many campers have found themselves alone at the site, making it a great place for some weekend solitude.

    One thing to watch out for is broken glass and trash left by previous visitors. It's a good idea to do a quick cleanup around your site to ensure a safe and pleasant stay. And remember, always leave the campsite cleaner than you found it.

    Overall, Hickory Nut Mountain Campground is a fantastic spot for those looking to disconnect and enjoy the natural beauty of the Ouachita National Forest. Just be ready for a bit of a rugged experience.

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    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Mount Ida, AR?

According to TheDyrt.com, Mount Ida, AR offers a wide range of camping options, with 190 campgrounds and RV parks near Mount Ida, AR and 20 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Mount Ida, AR?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Mount Ida, AR is COE Lake Ouachita Crystal Springs Campground with a 4.4-star rating from 43 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Mount Ida, AR?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 20 free dispersed camping spots near Mount Ida, AR.

What parks are near Mount Ida, AR?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 20 parks near Mount Ida, AR that allow camping, notably Ouachita National Forest and Ouachita Lake.