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Drove through a rough part of town n roads, to get to park, a bit confusing to get there w GPS, arrived w no reservation definitely need one or arrive very very early in day.
Was full, not able to enter, turned around to find alternate park for night.
$12 a night, full hookup potential AND you are walking distance to the mine!!! For $20 you can go spend the day diggin through dirt and finding crystals. I don’t think everyone has the luck we had but we came after a rain and cleaned up. Hundred bucks in gems. Ok bathrooms and laundry… serves the purpose you’d expect from a $12 a night place. The REAL draw here is the mine and we had a blast! I do recommend. We took the spot up top the hill [upper left corner] and found crystals in our campsite around the fire pit :)))
Petit Jean is the oldest state park in Arkansas and it has it all. Our family makes a trip to Petit Jean at least twice a year. So many trails, recreational areas and breathtaking views to enjoy. It is one of the best FAMILY state parks we’ve been too.
The sites in A and B loop are often booked a year in advance so plan your trips strategically. C and D loop are accommodating but will be a tighter fit for most rigs >30’.
The visitor’s center is being completely redone to enhance the experience. If you haven’t been, make the trip.
Quick info on alcohol. Petit Jean is in a dry county (yes that exists). If you aren’t bringing your own alcohol, make sure and stop at Petit Jean Liquor right off I-40.
It’s hard to believe this little campground is on the farside of the touristy Hot Springs. A nice little stream runs along the backside of the campground and it’s actually quiet. You can hike up and over the hill to see the springs. Not a lot of space to put a bunch of toys but a well maintained area.
Perfect lakeside camping. Peaceful and relaxing. Geese, ducks, birds and squirrels are your visitors. Very quiet on the banks and convenient to the restroom and bathhouse. Loved the sunset and sunrise on the lake. Hiking to the waterfall was crowded and places difficult to maneuver. Worth the hike though.
Camping for all ages and area is clean. Enjoyed this park and will stay here again.
Beautiful scenic mountains, valleys and lakes. Trails for hiking and watching wildlife. Turtle rocks are worth viewing along with the cave. All ages can hike and walk to scenic areas in this park. Driving around is easy and convenient to the sites you will want to visit. Easy to check in and find camping spots. Very quiet while camping. Great sounds of nature to listen to. Bathhouse with shower. Swimming pool and playground. Perfect for families, couples or singles. We will camp here again because of the peaceful tranquility of this beautiful park.