Arkansas’ Best Camping Spots

With its mild climate, camping is a year round activity in the Arkansas. Some of the best campgrounds are located throughout the “natural state.” They vary from primitive to deluxe with electrical hook ups, and even cabins. Campgrounds offer other activities, also, such as scenic views, fishing, boating, swimming in season, hiking, and even planned activities.

Some of the most popular sites are located in the Arkansas State Parks, but not limited to them. These parks are located within minutes of larger cities, where various activities are held throughout the year.

Located off U.S. 75, Exit off U.S. 70, in Arkansas, is the location of a popular camping spot.Hot Springs National Park is a good example of one of the best. Hot Springs is knows as “Spa City”, because of the restored bathhouse row, which is now a historic site. The spring waters, hot to the touch, are a draw to this area. Horse racing is available January through April. A casino is located at the horse track.Campgrounds in the park are located just five miles from the city and the campgrounds range from private ones, tents and self contained vehicles. The rock formations, throughout the park, are spectacular. The nice advantage of this campground is there are no reservations needed nor accepted. For more detailed information, contact [email protected]

Not to be outdone, Mountain View, located on State Route 9, in Central Arkansas, offers an entirely different camping experience. There you can tour the Blanchard Springs Cavern and the Ozark Folk Center. The caverns are open year round and offer a view of spectacular formations. The entrance to the caverns is reached by a 216 foot elevator descent.

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The Ozark Folk Center features crafts, music, dance and oral history of mountain folk culture. Craft demonstrations are available year round.

The campground is located near the caverns. There are 32 RV and tent spots. There are, also, private campgrounds available. For more information on this camping site, contact Sylamore Ranger District, 870-269-3228.

The Crater of Diamonds State Park, near Murfreesboro, Arkansas, is another popular camping spot. This favorite spot is located on State Route 301. The mine has had over 70,000 diamonds uncovered. Finders keepers is the rule of the mine. There are 47 RV/tent sites available in the park and private campgrounds. The Park offers family fun with digging equipment available for rent. in the summer, there is a water park open. For more information of the camping opportunities located here, contact

Toad Suck Park is a favorite, especially around the first week-end of May. It is located off United States Highway 60, in Central Arkansas. The park is located on the Arkansas River near Conway, Arkansas. The town of Conway pulls out all stops when it holds Toad Suck Daze. This festival was featured on the Jay Leno show, because of its name and popularity. There are toad races, (toads supplied via the town’s toad hunt), amusement rides,and featured name entertainers. The festival offers great foods and a guaranteed good time for the entire family.
There are 48 RV and tent spaces available at the park. For more information, contact Operations Manager, 479-968-5008.

If you are a camper, Arkansas is the place to be. Come see the Natural State and enjoy the natural scenery.