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Clear running water (river) great views
I've camped here many times in the past 4 years. Initially camping was free (no fee required). The past few times (in 2020) the fee had been reinstated and was $10 per day. An additional vault toilet had been added as well as other upgrades like very nice fire pits.
A short section of the south road in from highway 16 was quite narrow because of a landslide but had been partially repaired and was passable.
If you travel the north road from the campground for about 3.5 miles you will get decent service from AT&T but I don't know about the other carriers.
There is some type of well near the entrance to the campsites but don't count on there being water. Supposedly it's ok to drink if there is. Richland creek is usually very clear and could be made potable by boiling in an emergency.
There are many waterfalls in the surrounding area. Cross Richland Creek on the west side of the campground to find a trailhead to three different waterfalls.
-Campground was completely empty when I arrived on a Thursday evening in December.
-Sites are separated by trees, so some privacy.
-There are more than one compositing toilet on site& they are cleaned regularly.
-Beautiful cliff views are a short walk away.
-No water access, so bring your own
Stopped in here on a recent family vacation through the Ozarks. The Outfitter store has everything you could need and more. The staff was very friendly. The canoe rates and shuttle rates were very fair and the food in the kitchen was delicious. Try the Sasquatch BLT!
The campsites are clean, well maintained and decent sized. The views of the bluffs are amazing. But the Elk….soooo majestic! The river running along the bluff makes for an almost trance-inducing sound as you awake to find a roaming herd of large beautiful elk in the campground with you. I have never seen anything like it.
Beautiful park- right on the river. Wooded lots in most cases, large lots with great space between sites. Drop Kayak, SUP right off the back of your site.
Some sites are a little uneven. And some sites are tough to get a 41ft 5th wheel into.
Stayed only one night but would look be nice to stay here much longer. Quiet, water views n most cases.
I saw one cockroach and multiple hibernating lady bug colonies in the non-heated bathroom. Take this as a pro or a con #wildlife. My dogs loved sniffing around the grounds. Overall this place is okay but nothing fancy. Notably, the site we were told we had reserved had another occupant in it. Very confusing check in process.
Petit Jean State Park is an excellent short weekend get away or a day trip! It offers 8 hiking trails and one biking trail. The Cedar Fall Trail is not to be missed with glorious waterfall and best visit right after a rainy day. Spring and summer is popular camping season so reserve ahead of time. If you enjoy the scenic route then it’s about an hour drive to Ouachita National Forest Park