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Dogwood Springs in Jasper AR is definitely rustic and unpolished with regard to its setting. RV sites do have full hook-ups although we had an issue with the sewer draining properly on site 31. With only one bath room each for men and women and one shower each as well, they do provide the basics. We had an opportunity to peek into a cabin and we were very impressed with the set up, having a full bath and mini-kitchen. It was well appointed and inviting.
The lay-out of the campground is a bit odd in that some sites are only accessible by driving through another.
The view from site 31 included that of Round top mountain but also vacant, declining commercial buildings near the campground.
Proximity to stores and restaurants in Jasper was handy.
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While traveling through this portion of Arkansas I stumbled upon a small roadside for Gunner Pool Recreation Area just a short distance past Blanchard Springs. 3 miles down a gravel, but well maintained roadway, the campground sat nestled between to sections of the water way. On one side, slow moving water is met by the dam forming the blue toned pool and on the other a gentle flowing stream flanks the massive mountain side.
Along the camping loop, spaces are well separated and have plenty of room to spread out. Each site is equipped with standard camping amenities such as picnic tables, lantern hooks and fire rings. Vault toilets are centrally located in several areas of camp both on the upper and lower loops. In addition locking style garbage cans are placed near restrooms.
When I visited the Forest Service was on property trimming trees and clearing debris from recent rain. Their office is located just a short distance from the entry of the roadway, so they are often here to work on the property.
A little gem in the midst of the campground is located just across from the pay kiosk, the story of the property and the CCC camp which actually created not only this property but also worked on neighboring sites at Blanchard. Definitely check out the story!!
- Bring your own envelop for the pay kiosk, when I visited the paper envelops were soggy and unable to be used. You can easily pull one but putting money in them they simply fell apart.
- Bring everything. There are no stores in the camp in addition to no fire wood available at the campsite so make sure you come prepared. The closest store for major things is located over 15 miles away.
We stay here 3 or 4 times a year, they have lots to offer. Bike/hiking trails, horse shoe pits, basketball court, a very large picnic area a store with thing's if you forget something, very nice bathrooms with showers. They offer tent camping area that's pretty nice, and rv camp site with Full hook ups and some with just water and electric. It's a must see, also, some site are available year round
This is a very nice place to Camp. We have a 25ft travel trailer and everything we accommodating. The campground was full but it still maintained the peaceful aspect of camping. It’s a very beautiful area. You can rent boats canoes etc if the water is not to high, but book those in advance. The hiking trails in the park Are ok not to much to see no waterfalls etc. Just a hike through the woods.
They have trout fishing, so if you like fishing this is a great place to go.
If you drive up to the damn they have an information/visitors center that was really cool. It’s like a small museum, they have an old boat in there they found on the bottom Of the river. There’s a lot of information about how they built the damn and wildlife that’s in the area. Watch out for the crazy bear when u first walk in, I’m not sure what’s going on With his face, you will see what I mean if you go lol
Also, when at the campgrounds there is a road that goes to the right as ur leaving the park. There is a resort down there called gastons; they have a bird sanctuary down there. There’s turkeys, peacocks pheasants etc. it’s pretty neat!
All in all this is a fun little place!
This is a very small place. They call it a resort for some reason but all it really is… a small piece of land where everything is crammed together. When we got there they couldn’t figure out where they wanted us to set up. We have a 25ft travel trailer. When we first got there the guy was very friendly and helpful that’s the only positive thing about this place.
Back to they couldn’t find us a spot. The first slot was a pull through. Well this doesn’t work because they have two slots together. With both hook ups on the same side. What happens is the camper sets up and had to leave their vehicle out of the way parked else where.. the second camper backs in in front of ur camper blocking your hitch. So both campers are facing the same way the one in back being blocked off.. We said no this will not work for us. If we leave before the person u put in front of us we won’t be able to hook up to our camper. He said good point…
Then he moves us to some spot that’s basically on the road just pushed off to the side. This isn’t even a camp spot. It was just a spot that had a water hose hook up kinda close. He turned the water on it and it came Out looking like mud. I said nope, either find us a reliable spot or refund us our money. Well they don’t refund… so he ended up putting us back in the original spot but up front instead of the back spot. We were ok with this at least we could leave if we chose and wouldn’t be blocked in…
Keep in mind if you go here….when I say it’s a very small, tight, jammed up place… this is not an exaggeration. All the spots are pretty much right next to the other spot. There is no privacy. You leave ur camper your basically on your neighbors spot.
They charge way to much for this place, it’s a rip off. At least for, travel trailers or rvs.