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The countryside in and around Little Rock, Arkansas, is hilly and bucolic. Rivers and lakes are plentiful so campers can enjoy watersports. Cascading waterfalls, 19th-century homesteads, and thermal springs give character to each one of these enchanting campsites.

1. Lake Catherine

boy on dock at sunset

Image from The Dyrt camper Stephen D.

Nestled within the gorgeous woodlands next to 1,940-acre Lake Catherine (1 of the 5 popular Diamond Lakes) is the Lake Catherine Campground, only an hour away from Little Rock.

Amenities range from cabins with wood-burning fireplaces to walk-in sites. With a golf course up the road and a seasonal marina with a store, you have everything you need at this campground. There are different loops, some with water and electric and some without.





“The park has plenty of hiking trails. Our favorite led to a beautiful waterfall.”Nicole L.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $21-40
  • Number of sites: 70
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

2. Hot Springs/Gulpha Gorge Campground

two women standing by a river

Image from The Dyrt camper Morgan W.

Just 54 miles away from Little Rock lies a campground that is hard to forget. The hot springs are developed at Hot Springs/Gulpha Gorge Campground; you can tour the historic bath houses along the main street and have a soak.

Open to both RVs and tent campers, but with no pull-through sites, the campground’s bathrooms are modernized, but there are no showers. With tons of ways to experience the thermal springs, you can’t go wrong with this campground.

“Hiking is amazing for day hiking with the family. Beautiful creek flowing directly behind our camper made for great soothing sleep with the windows open!”Rian K.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $30
  • Number of sites: 44
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

3. Burns Park Campground

trailer parked at campsite

Image from The Dyrt camper William C.

Only 11 miles north of Little Rock, Burns Park Campground has fishing, mini-golf, and an amusement park nearby for the kids and loads of relaxation for adult campers. The sites are asphalt, and you need to back in your RV. This is a tremendous city-run campground with clean and well-maintained facilities.

“It felt like being in the forest. It had many trees that provided a lot of shade. It’s secluded but just minutes away from everything you could need.”Rebecca B.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $30-150
  • Number of sites: 54
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

4. Downtown Riverside RV Park

RV park near river with skyline in the background

Image from The Dyrt camper WannaBoondock M.

This campground in downtown Little Rock has it all. With level, asphalt sites, and sparkling clean amenities, you can’t go wrong in Downtown Riverside RV Park.

This campground is unusual in that it sits directly on the Arkansas River with incredible vistas of the downtown skyline. Tent and pull-through sites are all on the waterfront.

“These people are amazing. Five stars all the way. Location, location, location.”WannaBoondock M.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $25-33
  • Number of sites: 56
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

5. Catherine’s Landing

boats at dock on river during fall

Image from The Dyrt camper Wendy P.

The 400 pastoral acres and a campground on the shores of gorgeous Lake Catherine spells out a paradise for most campers. Catherine’s Landing is an exceptional corner of the world.

The campsites sit right outside historic Hot Springs and are only an hour from Little Rock. There are yurts, glamping opportunities, and raised tent sites for any style of camping. There is always lots to do, including climbing and zip-lining in and around the park.

“The climbing and ropes course is enormous and will make any kid’s jaw drop in disbelief. There’s an affiliated zip-line just outside of the park.”Taylor D.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $41-70
  • Number of sites: 242
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

6. Woolly Hollow

riverside campite with picnic bench and grill

Image from The Dyrt camper Lacee G.

A wonderful little state park just north of Conway, Wooly Hollow is only an hour’s drive from Little Rock. There’s a lake with a boat launch and seasonal store, and don’t miss the waterfalls. There’s a snack bar and lifeguarded beach on the lake if you have little ones. If you like history, Wooly Hollow cabin, an 1882 single-room homestead, is a perfect destination.

“Lots of activities. Beautiful, well-maintained sites. Great for families.”Rachel P.

  • Price: $21-40
  • Number of sites: 40
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

7. Willow Beach

riverside flowers in bloom at sunset

Image from The Dyrt camper Cheryl M.

Enjoy the spectacular sunsets over the lake at Willow Beach Campground, only 20 minutes’ drive from Little Rock. Every site has water and electric hookups, and there is a dump station and hot showers; some picnic tables have canopies, and others do not. There is lots of room to hike and bike, and there’s a playground for the little ones.

“Willow Beach is small, remote, and quiet. Situated between the Arkansas River and Willow Lake, every site is waterfront.”Jeff R.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $5-60
  • Number of sites: 23
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

Camping in and around Little Rock offers travelers several unique experiences, like camping in view of the city skyline or exploring the public bathhouses in Hot Springs.

These campgrounds are just the beginning of your outdoor adventures near Little Rock. For hundreds more, check out The Dyrt’s full list of the best camping near Little Rock, Arkansas.

 


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