Lee D.

The Dyrt Pro

West Des Moines, IA

Joined September 2018

Retired in 2017 and my husband and I have been traveling in our camper van about 75% of the time ever since.

Small park with great scenery

Rifle Falls is a very small, year-round campground (13 electric sites and 7 walk-in tent sites) but it is very popular for day use. In fact, we waited until after 6 pm on the day we arrived to walk the 1.5-mile path to see the waterfalls and caves because it was so crowded on a Sunday afternoon that it required a ranger to direct traffic. We took an additional walk there on Monday morning and it was quiet until around 11 am, when the crowds started to pick up again. 

There are two vault toilets and they were not very clean, likely due to so many non-campers using them. Seven of the RV electric sites are back-in (1-3 and 10-13) and the remainder are pull-through. Not a lot of physical separation between the sites but the sites are large enough and spaced far enough apart. The tent sites are spaced a very decent amount apart with lots of trees between them and carts are provided to bring your stuff to your site. 

In addition to your camping fees, an annual or day-use pass is required to enter the park (applies to all Colorado state parks). 

The main draws to this park are the waterfalls and caves and both were definitely worth a stay in this park to see them.

A variety of camping options

General: There are several camping areas situated around Lake Meade, some with as few as three tent sites, and others with electric hookups. We camped on a weekday in April and the visitor center was closed when we arrived so we were a little confused looking for the Lake View campground, where we had a reservation. Google maps does not show any campground with that name but by eventually driving around the lake, we found it, but on the map, it was labeled Scout Campground. There were only a handful of campers in our campground and none in the others that I could see. 

Site Quality/Facilities: The sites in Lake View (aka Scout?) have sites scattered about, all on dirt/sand pads. I can understand why one reviewer said that Site 22 was the most coveted as it offers the most privacy of all the sites in this campground. Sites 18 and 19 would be good IF you have small children as the playground is right behind 19 and next to 18. Don’t reserve these sites if you don’t want the noise and activity of kids nearby. As the name suggests, many of the sites have an unobstructed view of the lake. In summer, the sunsets are likely fabulous but in April, the sun set behind the trees and was a non-event at our site. 

Bathhouse: At Lake View, there are four unisex combo bath/shower units; they were  clean. Soap dispensers and air dyers so, if you are like me, don’t forget to bring your towel so you don’t have to use the air dryers. 

Activities/Amenities: Fishing appears to be a big draw. In season, there is also a small swimming beach and kayak rentals. This area is about a mile walk or drive from the Lake View campground. There was one hiking trail of indeterminant length; I was hoping it would go clockwise around the lake but when I looked at the map, it appeared I would have to cross a stream to do so I only ventured a short distance down the trail. Cell service is spotty, ranging from one bar to no service. 

I would imagine that in the summer and on warm weekends, this place is likely hopping but we enjoyed a quiet night on a lake as we were passing through on our way further west.

Beautiful forest service campground

There are three sections to this campground: Osgood, Allgeier, and Mechau. Osgood and Allgeier have electric hookups; Mechau does not. Our site, 17 (Osgood), was a very large pull-through equipped with a large metal picnic table, fire ring (although there was a statewide burn ban when we stayed there), lantern hook, and bear box. There is good physical separation between the sites. The vault toilets were very clean and there is one flush toilet, located between Osgood and Allgeier, however, the showers were closed due to Covid. You hear road noise from just about any site, but it is not that bad. 

There are two options that lead to the small town of Redstone, about two miles away: a trail or a secondary road (not the highway). We made reservations for a Tuesday in September and it was a good thing we did as the campground was full. Convenient to the towns of Redstone, Marble, and Carbondale and not that far from Glenwood Springs.

A splurge

After spending three nights in forest service campgrounds, we landed here, lucky to find a place with availability on a weekend in September (reservations made a month in advance). We opted for a riverfront RV site (#17) and we were right on the Colorado River, with the soothing white noise of the river putting us to sleep each night (interrupted only by the occasional LOUD train on the other side of the river). 

This place has every kind of accommodation possible: (resort) cabins, cottages, glamping campsites, individual and group tent sites, and RV sites (some with full hook-ups, some with water and electric, some on the river, and some above it). The sites are laid out in typical RV park style, lined up like dominoes. This is not our typical preferred camping, but we were with friends, so we were able to create a little oasis between our sites. 

The fire in August, Covid, and snow the first week of September essentially shut down all the extras this place has to offer– zip line, rock climbing wall, ropes course, and restaurant, so I cannot comment on these. But, Defiance Rafting is located on the property; while they were no longer able to offer rafting trips (due to potential rock slides resulting from fire damage), they did rent inflatable kayaks and we took advantage of this and had a rolling good time on the Colorado River! 

The office staff is very nice and there is a small store in the office offering t-shirts, stickers, hats, etc. (but not food essentials). It is located about three miles from the town of Glenwood Springs and there is a trail leading from the resort that winds along the river to town. The trail east of the resort was still closed after the fire. 

The bath/shower house was clean, but the shower set-up was funky in that there was no private area to undress/dress. The only other unpleasant thing was the odor emanating from what I would assume to be the waste/sewage facility and it was necessary to walk past it from the riverfront sites to the bathrooms. This and the price ($88 for a riverfront site) have me giving this place four stars instead of five, although I would consider staying here again if in the area.

Quiet in the shoulder season

General: One of three campgrounds at Lake Pueblo State Park, Arkansas Point is located on the eastern shore of the park and is easily accessible from the town of Pueblo. You must have a reservation but can make same-day reservations. In addition to the campsite fee, you must have a day-use pass ($10). Since we arrived after-hours, this was done at the self-pay station and there was no annual pass option with this method. 

Site Quality/Facilities: The driveways are gravel; some are back-in and some are pull-thru. Each site has a (covered) metal picnic table, fire ring, and electric hook-up. Site 5 was a good choice, with the exception being that the picnic table was quite a distance from the end of the driveway. Sites 7 and 9 also looked to be good, with the picnic tables closer. There are other sites that claim to have better lake views but these are also closer to the road. 

Bathhouse: Unisex bath/shower combos and they were clean. No soap dispensers and air-dryers only. Two hooks but it would have been better to have one closer to the shower. The shower was hot, however, be forewarned that the top button sprays water all over the bathroom so make sure you don’t have your clothes on the bench! The bottom button has a more direct spray. This happened to both my husband and me so it appears to be a design flaw. 

Activities/Amenities: There is a nearby marina if you are a boater. There is an extensive trail system used by hikers and mountain bikers, and most of the trails are well marked so that with the trail map, you can easily figure out where you are. We were passing through so other than one hike, did not take advantage of all this park has to offer but it is a scenic state park and worth coming back to.

Nice amenities but not for us

We thought we would be leaving Denver in the mid-afternoon headed east so this campground would have been a good place to stop for the night. Since some private campgrounds have closed their restrooms during Covid, I called ahead to make sure they would be open here. The woman answering the phone was very friendly and helpful and assured me they would be open. We ended up leaving Denver earlier than planned and arrived here around 3 pm; only three sites were occupied, and no one was in the office. 

The campground is located about 4 miles down a navigable dirt road south of I-70. I had between one and two bars of Verizon, somewhat surprising as we were pretty much in the middle of nowhere. 

There was a nice playground (along with a tetherball pole and horseshoes) and clubhouse with a full kitchen plus a grill outside, fireplace, pool table, and ping pong table, and WiFi. The television was on, but no one was around– just a little creepy. Laundry and vending on-site. There was also what appeared to be some kind of aviary. We did end up talking with a family staying there who told us the rate was $38 and all sites were full hookup. Three pull-thru sites and the rest are back-in. Some space but no separation between the sites and no discernable driveways. 

Discounts: Good Sam, Passport America, over 65, military and LE. 

All in all, this campground offers some nice amenities but would be better suited to people traveling in an RV. I’m glad we did not commit to staying here and decided to burn some more daylight and continue our journey down the road.

Basic forest service campground in a nice setting

Small campground with two loops located on Difficult Creek. The sites are a mixed bag– some more appropriate for tents while others are pull-through or have very long driveways. Our site (7) would have been better suited for a tent, but we made it work in our campervan. It would not have accommodated a large RV. Some of the sites (32-38) are more private and you can hear the creek. Did not hear road noise from any sites. 

There is a day-use area with picnic tables scattered around, some very near the creek.

Vault toilets only and at least the one we used was clean. Fortunately, the issues with the “mean” host mentioned in previous reviews were not an issue when we were there! In fact, with Covid, we had no contact with the host at all during our stay. 

This campground is about 20 minutes from the town of Aspen and convenient if you want to visit Maroon Bells (and cannot get into the smaller, closer campgrounds). Sadly, although the campground indicated it was full, there were many empty sites. This campground (with vault toilets only) is what I’ve come to expect from a basic forest service campground, and it suited our needs perfectly.

Not a bad site in the entire campground!

General: Canning Creek is one of six camping areas operated by the US Army Corp of Engineers on Council Grove Lake. It is spread out on the lake so that all but four sites- 24, 26, 27& 28 (and the group camping areas) are directly on the water. Even though there were only a handful of people camping when we were there on a Monday in mid-April, there was an attendant on duty until 8 pm. 

Site Quality/Facilities: Most sites have generous concrete pads, some of which could easily accommodate two vehicles, a concrete picnic table (covered by a shelter), a bbq, and a lantern hook. Some sites are reservable and others are not. The rates are very reasonable, as they are for all CoE campgrounds, especially for seniors. All sites have reasonable separation between them. On the map, sites 6-23 look to be very close together but they are reasonably distanced apart. Sites 1-5 (which are not reservable) have very long pull-through drives. All sites (except the group sites) have electric and water and some have 50 amp (these are noted on the map) 

Bathhouse: Some loops have vault toilets (which were very clean), some have flush toilets, and some have flush toilet/shower combos. None have soap dispensers. We were in site 46 with access to one of the combos. I appreciated the hot water, especially since we woke to snow the next morning! Sites 1-23 have a vault toilet but there is a flush facility within reasonable walking distance. 

Activities/Amenities: Swimming, fishing, and boating in season but we were passing through, so we did not participate. Minimal playground facilities (mostly in the loop with sites 1-23) and horseshoe pits. There was a hiking trail, but I did not explore it. 

We always have a good experience at a CoE campground – they are well run, clean, affordable and, of course, located on or near water. My only beef is that check-in time is 6 pm, although if it is not crowded, you could check in earlier.

Large park offering a variety of sites

This state park has two sections: the north shore (Bluffton) which has a large campground and is more developed and the south shore (Page Creek) area. This review is for Bluffton which has five loops, and each has different plusses and minuses. Broken down by loop:

• Butterfield has a bath/shower house and the largest variety of activities (archery range, BMX track, playground, and an interesting game called Neos 360 which is part electronic game and part competitive sport, suitable for all ages. Pads were either gravel or paved and most of the sites were labeled prime (extra$2.50 per night April-September)

• Arapahoe: no bathhouse but located not too far from Butterfield’s. All pads were concrete and appeared to have recently been redone. All sites were labeled prime (see Butterfield)

• Wagon Rut: no bathhouse so more suitable for fully contained RVs. Many are large pull-through non-prime sites.

• Broken Spur: group campground with a picnic shelter, volleyball, separate gravel pads with electric hookups.

• Overland: this loop is closest to the lake and where you would want to be if fishing. There is a fish cleaning station right outside the loop and this is the only other loop with a bath/shower house. Pads are a mixture of paved and gravel. There is a boat ramp and a nice playground and all sites are labeled prime (see Butterfield)

• Additionally, beyond Arapahoe, there are more unlabeled and undeveloped sites (Despatch and Honii). 

The office was closed when we arrived and the self-check-in process was a bit confusing and cumbersome. Each loop has different prices (and some have different prices within the same loop) and then you have to add the prime fee if applicable in addition to the $5 per day vehicle fee. Cash or checks and fortunately, we had the correct change. The skeeters will eat you alive and the mourning doves will wake you up in the morning. One thing I really appreciated was the recycling of propane canisters. I imagine this place would be hopping during the summer and on weekends but on a Tuesday in September, it was blissfully peaceful and quiet.

Nice state park offering many amenities

General: This large state park has three camping loops, including one equestrian loop, for a total of 96 sites. All sites are reservable up to a year in advance (we usually try to camp during the off or shoulder season, but it was still necessary to make reservations as the loop filled up by the end of the day). Absolutely no cell service in Area A (weak signal in Area B) but you could purchase mediocre WiFi for$8/day (no thanks).

Sites/Facilities: The sites are spaced a good distance apart even if there is no physical separation between them. We stayed in Camp Area A but after checking out Camp Area B the next day, I think that loop would be more desirable as it is on Lake Dunn with some of the sites having filtered water views. Sites have a long, paved driveway, picnic table, and fire grate, along with a water spigot and electric hookup. There are also 10 fully outfitted cabins and a lodge.

Bathhouse: Both camp areas have two bath/shower houses. During Covid, they alternated closing one each day to clean and sanitize it. They were very clean during our stay.

Activities/Amenities: As for activities, there are two lakes for fishing and boating, tennis courts, golf course, and a large network of multi-use trails. I hiked the Lake Dunn trail, and it was well marked with blazes on the trees. There was a playground in Area B although it appeared to be closed; there was no playground in Area A.

Conclusion: There was an occasional train but the noise was not too loud. Village Creek is a nice park and campground, even if we didn’t partake in all of the available activities.

A Stellar CoE campground!

General: Two things you can count on in a Corps of Engineers campground: very reasonable rates and near water. This is a fairly large Corps of Engineers campground on Piney Bay. We regret not bringing firewood (not available at the campground) as it would have been a great night for a campfire. Marilyn, who checked us in, was very friendly and helpful in letting us switch our sites (see below for reasons we switched). The price for this campground is so reasonable– the maximum is $20 or half that if you hold a Golden Age Pass. Our site with water and electric was only $9 with the pass.

Sites/Facilities: Most of the sites in Loops B and E are waterfront sites and are spectacular, however, there are only two bathhouses and while they are centrally located, be warned you may have a hike to get to one. Our reserved site was E11 and the walk to the bathhouse was a quarter of a mile. We were fortunate to switch to B23 where the walk was much shorter. Sites in E have electric hookups while the sites in B have water and electric. All of the other loops (A, C, D, F, G) are away from the water and wooded. The sites are spaced a decent amount apart and many have trees separating them. Despite the B loop being completely full, our stay was quiet and peaceful. The sites in the B loop were all paved with a concrete pad for the large metal picnic table with a lantern hook and had water and electric hookups. There are no cabins or other types of lodging. 

Bathhouse: The bathhouse was very clean (they were cleaned early in the morning) but you do need to bring your own soap and towel. The shower was hot with great water flow. The showers had plenty of hooks, a bench, and a shelf. 

Activities/Amenities: If you have a boat, you can take it out on Piney Bay. There are no rentals (we would have loved it if kayak rentals were available). Other than that, just relax and enjoy your stay. 

Conclusion: The only things that might take this rating down are the proximity to Arkansas’ only nuclear power plant and the potentially long walk to the bathhouse, but our stay was so enjoyable that it was still five stars in our book!

So much to do and very close to Topeka

General: In addition to a campground, this county park has so much to offer including a seven-mile paved path around Lake Shawnee, disc golf, a heated fishing dock, softball complex, golf course, boat ramps, tennis courts, playground, picnic shelters, arboretum, and the Ted Ensley Gardens. The office was open until 7 pm so check-in was a breeze and the staff very friendly and welcoming. 

Sites/Facilities: The campground itself has 119 sites, situated on a peninsula jutting into the lake. All have water and electric (some 30 amp and some 50 amp). Many have views of the lake but unfortunately, they are all back-in and stacked up very close to each other so there is no privacy between sites. Our site (96) was on the end, so we had privacy on one side but could easily hear people in neighboring sites. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. The fee is very reasonable ($20 or$18 for seniors). 

Activities: I saw people fishing in the lake, there is a nice playground, and there is a paved path around the lake which made for a nice walk. 

Restrooms: There are two restroom/shower/laundry facilities that were very clean (they had been cleaned by the time I went in at 7:30 am). 

Conclusion: You are not far from downtown Topeka so you will hear road noise and the occasional siren, but this campground and all facilities are a nice oasis near an urban area. I definitely recommend visiting the Ted Ensley gardens while there (no additional admission, by donation only).

Many nearby things to do

For us, this would be a three-star campground (a bit too crowded and noisy) but it is a mecca for families, and because there is so much to do so close to this campground, it deserves four stars. You could easily spend several days here enjoying the following:

• Walk to the city of Decorah on the Trout Run trail (about a mile) where there are shops and restaurants. This trail is over 10 miles and circles the city and is a nice multi-use trail.

• Walk to nearby Pulpit Rock (trailhead is about a five-minute walk from the campground)

• Explore nearby Dunning’s Spring and Ice Cave (a short drive away)

• Go tubing, kayaking, or canoeing. There is an outfitter a five-minute walk from the campground where you can rent equipment.

• Drive to the town of Bluffton (about a 15-minute drive) and another spring (Malanaphy)

• Many activities in the campground including a playground, basketball court, and volleyball net 

The campground is divided into two sections, separated by a pedestrian bridge. It is very close to Route 52 so you will hear road noise unless you are in the tent sites close to the river. Each site has a metal picnic table and fire grate, and the electric hookup sites are sprinkled throughout the campground, however, when we arrived, the person in the site next to ours was using our electric hook-up. Thankfully, we only needed a 110 outlet (which he was not using), so we were okay. When we arrived on a Sunday afternoon, the dumpster was overflowing, but it had been emptied by the time we got up on Monday morning. The restrooms and showers were clean. Check-in was smooth and friendly. Firewood is available for a reasonable cost. 

Because this is so popular with families, I would definitely recommend reservations in the summer (the campground was completely full when we were there)

Conveniently close to I70

General: We arrived just before 6 pm on a Sunday in mid-September and had our choice of lakefront sites but by 8 pm, it had filled in. There are other sites that are not lakefront and they would be ok if the lakefront ones were full but definitely not as desirable. The rates are reasonable -$20 for an RV site; $15 for tents (the tent area was just a grassy common area, and no one was staying there when we were there). Payment is on the honor system as there was no on-site host and as far as we could tell, no one checked to see that we had paid. 

Sites/Facilities: Each site is very large and spaced a decent amount apart but there is no physical separation between them. Each has a large picnic table set on a concrete pad and electric hookups, however, be aware that you need a very long cord to reach the electric box. Ours did not make it but we were ok for one night without electric. We also could not get the water spigot to work but again, not a big deal for us for just an overnight. There is also a free common dump station. 

Bathhouse: The bathrooms and showers were ok, but not great. They were cleaned very early in the morning. 

Activities/Amenities: The small town of Ellis is within walking distance from the campground and although it was small, the town did have a lot of civic pride. There was good internet and free WiFi, although we did not try and access it. There was a small playground, but a sign was posted indicating it had not been disinfected during Covid and it was recommended it not be used. Fishing seemed to be a popular activity and there was a fishing/boat dock. 

Conclusion: We could not hear much road noise during the day but as soon as it quieted down at night, the road noise from I70 was very loud all night long, however, this is a very convenient stopover for people traveling east or west on I70 looking for a place to spend the night.

Very quiet park

We were en-route to Decorah when we saw signs for this campground and decided to check it out. The route there was through a neighborhood but normally there would be a more direct route if the bridge over the Turkey River was not out (according to Greg, City employee I spoke with, the bridge has been out for quite some time and there are no immediate plans to re-open it).

There are both electric (6 sites) and non-electric sites for a reasonable price ($12/8 respectively), however, there is not much physical separation between the sites. The pads are gravel. There is only a central picnic pavilion with one bbq (no tables in the individual sites) and no flush toilets but the pit toilets were reasonably clean. It looks like the city of Fort Atkinson takes civic pride in this park, but there was absolutely no one camping here (or enjoying the day use) on a Sunday in August, possibly due to Covid. I would hope that at different times, there would be many people there on a summer Sunday afternoon.

Very popular state park with lots to do

General: This popular state park offers many activities, although we did not partake in many of them, mostly because we were camping in the “shoulder” season. We arrived after the visitor center/office was closed but were able to find our site in the C Loop without too much difficulty. Garbage and recycling bins were located throughout the park; I appreciate the recycling effort all Arkansas state parks we have visited have.

Sites/Facilities: Our site was located on a “cul-de-sac” in Loop C and not too far from the bathroom. Each site in this loop had an electric hookup, a lantern hook, and picnic table. The sites in this loop were all very wooded which provided a decent amount of privacy between sites. It should be noted that some of the sites in the C loop (73-76?) were not level – we noticed this as we were leaving. The sites in the A loop are full hookup and directly on Lake Bailey and are more open (fewer trees). Site 16 is a large pull-through. It did appear that there was a fair amount of algae in the water. We did not explore the other loops. There is also an overflow camping area which I imagine would be full in the summer. 

Bathhouse: The bathhouse was very clean and had soap dispensers, but you should bring your own towel. I didn’t use the shower so cannot comment on this, however, the changing area was in the open and not very private. 

Activities/Amenities: There are many activities you can enjoy at this state park (most in season): swimming, tennis, basketball, a paved multi-use trail, hiking, plus a playground (not near the campground loops but you could access it via the paved trail). However, our main reason for staying here was to see Cedar Falls but that was not to be. The hiking trail was closed due to storm damage and very little rain meant you could not see the trickle the famed falls had become from the viewing platform. We did enjoy the short hike past the unique turtle rocks en-route to Rock House Cave. 

Conclusion: Since we arrived after the office closed, we had to check-in before 10 am the next morning. The staff was not the friendliest, insisting we might have an outstanding balance (we reserved online so this should not have been the case) and not very helpful in describing open hiking trails.

Quiet campground, convenient location

General: Located near the Oklahoma/Arkansas border, this is a surprisingly quiet campground given its proximity to the highway. Once you reserve a site, you receive an e-mail instructing you to register your vehicle for a parking pass, which must be done prior to arrival. (There is a $10 charge for non-campers). You will then receive several updated e-mails and/or text messages. The weird thing is that the parking pass is activated at 9 am on the day you are scheduled to arrive, however, check-in to the campsite is not until 4 pm. The pass expires 24 hours later (9 am), however, check-out from the campground is not until 2 pm. I’m not sure if the parking fee is enforced in the campground or just in the day-use parking lot. 

Sites/Facilities: There is an RV loop and a tent loop. There are also five yurts. Sites 41-45 are VERY long pull-throughs that could easily fit two large RVs plus another vehicle. All other sites are back-in. All sites are paved. 

Bathhouse: Restrooms/showers are located between the tent and RV sites and are easily accessible to both sections. They were clean. I did not use the shower so cannot comment on this other than it looked clean. 

Activities/Amenities: The main attraction here is the short hike to see Dripping Springs. There are also other (paved) walking trails plus a volleyball net, basketball, disc golf, and catch and release fishing. There is a small store which is also where you check-in for camping. The staff was very friendly and helpful.

Basic but very quiet and peaceful

General: We were apprehensive about planning to stay at this campground as the nearby one in Blanchard Springs was closed, we could not make reservations, five of the 27 sites were closed due to potential flooding from Hurricane Laura, and access is via a three-mile winding dirt road (not recommended for large RVs but it was navigable for our campervan), so we made alternate backup plans. There was no need to worry, however, as there were plenty of open sites, including some overlooking North Sylamore Creek when we arrived on a Sunday afternoon in mid-October for a hike. 

Sites/Facilities: Each site has a picnic table, fire pit, tent pad, and lantern pole. There is a central water source.

Activities/Amenities: This is a no-frills campground – no electric or water hookups, dumpster, playground, or flush toilets – just vault toilets. What struck me most was how quiet it was. There is access to the Sylamore hiking trail; you can hike five miles to the Blanchard Springs picnic area.

Beautiful scenery

General: Located in the Boston Mountains of northwest Arkansas, you can enjoy time off the grid (we had limited cell service when we were at the summit of the Yellow Rock Trail but none in the campground). Limited rainfall resulted in less dramatic (or non-existent) waterfalls that are otherwise boasted of during other times of the year but the scenery was still beautiful, especially in the fall. 

Sites/Facilities: Many different camping options (some loops have full hookups while others do not have hookups and there is a dump station near Loop E), a hike-in campground, a group campground, and an equestrian campground. There are also 17 rustic cabins (1-3 bedrooms with kitchens and a/c and heating plus nearby bathrooms). We camped in Loop E and there was reasonable separation between the sites. The pads were paved. Each site had a metal picnic table, lantern hook, and fire grate. Many of the sites provided shade from the many trees. 

Bathhouse: Like some other Arkansas state parks, there are two bathhouses in some loops, and they were open on alternating days so that the other one may be cleaned and sanitized (Covid related policy). While the open one in Loop E was clean, the several soap dispensers were empty which does not make sense to me when hand washing is recommended. You also need to bring your own towel, which I have been doing regardless. There are showers but I did not use them so I cannot comment on how good they are. 

Activities/Amenities: Hiking! I highly recommend the Yellow Rock Trail and the Devils Den Trail plus there are several others. During the summer, you can rent paddle boats and canoes. There are several areas with picnic tables throughout the park. There is also a swimming pool, although I did not see it when we were there in October(it would only be open in the summer). Firewood is available for sale.

Good option for “city” camping

General: Understandably, there are not many camping options in urban areas so Burns Park is a nice option. Although located in a city park, the campground is privately owned. Reservations are made by calling and the staff will assign you a spot.

Sites/Facilities: When we arrived, we found we had been assigned Site 7, which would have had us sandwiched between huge RVs with virtually no privacy for our campervan. We asked if we could switch and since it was a weekend, there was only one other option available – Site 43– so we took it. Site 43 is a wooded site with one site close by on one side but only trees on the other, so it suited us much better. There is a total of 44 sites, and they are varied: tent only, 30 amp/water/no sewer, 30 amp/water/sewer, 50/30 amp/water/no sewer, 50/30 amp water/sewer, and 50 amp/water/sewer. Some pads are paved, and some are gravel. Most are level but be aware that Site 45 is decidedly NOT level. 

Bathhouse: There is one bath/shower house centrally located which requires a code to enter (although this was not activated all day Saturday). It was clean during our stay but there was no indication it had been cleaned while we were there (most people were in RVs and used their own facilities). There was plentiful water for the shower and the water pressure was ok. 

Activities/Amenities: There are roads and trails (some paved and some not) in the park and I enjoyed a nice run to the covered bridge and then along the Arkansas River.

Conclusion: Whoever said this was a quiet campground, however, must have worn earplugs. It is located near I40 and you will hear road noise as well as occasional trains. My only other complaint is that the picnic table in our site had seen better days – it was old and saggy with lots of moss growing on it. But for a city option, this suited our needs for two nights of exploring the Little Rock area as well as Hot Springs.