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OPEN AGAIN!!  One of the best swimming holes in Arkansas and it is all yours!!   Set on an island on the North Fork of  Cadron Creek -- central Arkansas' premier Class II whitewater river! -- this get-away-from-it-all cabin sleeps four  and an adjoining campsite allows for as many as 8 more people to  have  the  entire swimming hole all to yourselves.   This is the way to sp


OPEN AGAIN!!  One of the best swimming holes in Arkansas and it is all yours!!   Set on an island on the North Fork of  Cadron Creek -- central Arkansas' premier Class II whitewater river! -- this get-away-from-it-all cabin sleeps four  and an adjoining campsite allows for as many as 8 more people to  have  the  entire swimming hole all to yourselves.   This is the way to spend your summer days in Arkansas!  Inside the two-story cabin you have a long cabinet/bar with storage, a small table, and chairs.  Downstairs there is twin size bunk bed  and in the up-ladder loft there is a full size futon.   Outside there is a full length front porch with rocking chairs; and, upstairs a sliding glass door leads to a balcony overlooking the creek.     A nearby picnic table, fire ring, charcoal grill, and lamp hook allow you to bring it all outside and wrap yourself in nature.  A stone trail leads to the water where you can splash and swim, jacuzzi in Sarah's Wave, bask in the sun atop Jump Rock, float to Professor's Pool -- we offer boat rental and shuttles -- or simply enjoy the marvelous works and wonders.  Visitors are also encouraged to wander and explore any of the trails that criss-cross the 100 acre park.  You'll find waterfalls, goat bluffs, and even a nine hole frisbee golf course,  Downwind of the cabin and away from the river there is a sanitized porta-potty.  One can also obtain tokens ($3-5) to use the shower house at Camp Toasty (a short walk up to the ridge overlooking the creek).   Whether looking for a lonely weekend for two, a great place for a small group of friends, or a family-fun, creekin' adventure with the kids, Pinnacle Springs Cabin is the place for it to happen.   


RESPONSE TIME - We have day jobs!    The campground is a passion and hobby and we do not have a full time staff to always be available to meet and greet our guests especially after hours and on week days.  If full time staffing and coddling is required -- this is not the place!  Similarly -- our response time right now is averaging just less then two hours and we have no expectations that it will improve anytime soon -- so again if immediate responses to questions and inquiries are required   -- this is not the place!  This is DIY camping -- and if you can't "do it yourself" then perhaps there are better places to be.  Even if in doubt:  please camp elsewhere.   

WELCOMING PARTY:  Once you have made a reservation through HipCamp -- you are good to go.  Feel free to ask questions and make inquiries for additional information but anticipate we will be practicing "social distancing" and will likely not even visit your campsite once you are on location.  Again, this is DIY - "do it yourself" camping so if new to primitive camping this is NOT the place to visit.  That isn't to say we aren't here to assist to you but in the absence of such need our goal is to simply "stay away".   We do have an information table at the front gate where you can pick up maps and guides or leave us a message -- disinfectant is available at the table -- so you may find we aren't really even needed anyway.

CAMPFIRES:  Campfires are prohibited unless you brought in your own wood or purchased a vet pack of wood from the store -- the use of downfall, dead trees and fallen limbs is unacceptable.   Burning up our property -- even dead limbs and leaves -- and destroying habitat for lizards, salamanders and bugs will get you permanently banned from our properties.  That said -- we have ample firewood to serve all our campers.  We usually deliver firewood to your campsite in the late afternoon on the weekends -- if the sun is setting and we still haven't visited please feel free to pick up a bundle outside the store.  Those that have purchased a vet pack of wood can also take as much fire wood as they may need from any of the designated stacks on the property -- three stacks currently at Camp Toasty.  Everyone else -- keep your hands off.  

WATER:  The spigot creekside at the campground is currently closed to use.  Rather two water spigots exist for guests to use:  1)  one behind the store and shop at the gate and 2) the other behind the bunk house -- the building off to the left as you enter the campground.   One is also invited to enjoy water from Pinnacle Springs.  All these are free for you to use 24/7.  

TRAILS:  All trails are open but we are getting more reports of "ticks" especially when wandering off trail -- thus we encourage the use of repellents and a nightly "tick check".   Like most of Arkansas we also have patches of poison ivy and stinging nettle; however, it is our goal to eradicate such plants where they border trails, roads or campsites so if such is observed please bring to our attention and we'll eradicate it.

WILDLIFE:  There is only thing more important to us than you and that is our wildlife that we live with year round.  At this time we have nesting turkeys in the woods and nesting geese and ducks on the water.  Deer and beaver are also abundant.  The family of beavers below Playground Shoals are particularly friendly -- be slow and nice and they'll swim right alongside your boat and even splash you with their tail.  So DO NOT DISTURB THE WILDLIFE!!   The only exception:  if you were to find a poisonous snake on the property -- please inform us so that we can relocate it to a place where fewer people gather.  Most importantly -- please enjoy being surrounded by nature's marvelous works and wonders.  Unwind.   Kick back.  And enjoy!

LASTLY -- NO saws, axes or shovels.  We like our place just the way it is!  If you are caught harming flora or fauna or damaging the land in any way you will be asked to leave.  On that you have our guarantee.

Additional amenities that are available -- 1)  Solar electricity -- $20/day -- allows one to recharge phones or power CPAP machine, etc. -- no ovens or blow dryers unless you want to run out of juice really fast  and 2) WiFi -- $10/day, unlimited usage.  

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 12 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
Have a question? Send John a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 33% off
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Hipcamper casey
Casey H.
recommends this listing.
March 11th, 2018

Whoa! Absolutely must visit if you are anywhere close to Pinnacle Springs Cabin. John was an amazing host and facilitated the most amazing adventures! The cabin was awesome - bring your gear and relax with the amazing fog in the mornings. The grill was a nice surprise to have in the morning.

The weather had been super rainy the previous week and the entire region was flooded. John was ready with kayaks for us to help us cross the river and get to the cabin. I've definitely got to come back and get some lessons in peak season because John was an amazing host / guide / adventure partner / all of the above!

Go here! Go here! Go here!

cabin forest lodgingJohn was an amazing guide and we had a blast with the kayaks in the river.Crossing the bridge Bringing the kayaks down to the river to have some fun!
Hipcamper Chris
Chris W.
recommends this listing.
May 20th, 2018

Fantastic cabin in the middle of the woods. You’re close to the campground, but have plenty of privacy. Being right on the river is perfect.

No power to the cabin (knew that going in), but there is a place to charge cell phones, etc. Beautiful spot, we’ll be back!

Hipcamper John
Response from John, the Host, on May 21st, 2018

Thank you Chris for the glowing review. So glad you enjoyed your stay on the river -- it looked like your kids (three lovely dogs) had a great time exploring the woods. The cabin will be getting a complete "overhaul" this year while we construct our new restroom and shower house. So please come again next year and enjoy the improvements. Thanks again. John and Lisa

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Hipcamper Dustin
Dustin B.
recommends this listing.
April 19th, 2020


Hipcamper John
Response from John, the Host, on April 23rd, 2020

A little slice of heaven it is! Thanks -- you boys were awesome. The place was spotless!

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Hipcamper Chris

Our new spot!

Chris D.
recommends this listing.
March 31st, 2019

Secluded camping. Nice clean ground. Beautiful scenery.

Bottom floor of the cabinThe owner's dog loved the kids!Along the trail at the campsite
Hipcamper Carolyn

Great cabin for weekend get away!

Carolyn P.
recommends this listing.
September 8th, 2020

John's directions to the campground were spot on and the cabin was very clean and tidy. The stairs in the cabin are more like a ladder to get to the second story, but there is a bunk-bed on the first story. This site is probably the most private of all his campsites, mainly because it is the largest and if you are only using the cabin...no one is directly next to you. We had our own access to the river that made it perfect for our dog to swim non-stop without bothering other swimmers. The fire pit was super nice, we were able to have a fire every night. If you run out of firewood, not to worry! John came by every afternoon to ask if we needed anything, including firewood which he delivers directly to your campsite! The outhouse was just far enough away but close enough that if you needed to go in the middle of the night you can easily get to it. We never discovered where the showers were located but we never needed them because the river was enough to get the grime off. Be sure to bring some river tubes, if you do it right, you can hit three small rapids on the river before getting out and doing it all over again. And if you have kayaks, we saw plenty of them on the river exploring. If you don't, you can rent them from John! We were a little concerned at first that it would be too hot in the cabin at night (we didn't pay extra for electricity) but with the windows and sliding doors open it was perfect! And it was very quiet at night, we let the river lull us to sleep every night. Our only complaint was our own fault. I didn't check if the county was dry, so we almost ran out of beer. So make sure to bring enough to last because the closest store that sells adult beverages is about 45 minutes away. Even before we left John's, we were talking about coming back!

Hipcamper John
Response from John, the Host, on September 22nd, 2020

Carolyn - Much thanks for a the review -- plus you left the place spotless. My kind of camper!! Also glad you pointed out that we are in a "dry county" and that those wanting adult beverages will need to secure them prior to their arrival. The shower house has been chiefly closed this year (COVID) to our guests -- but we're on track to have an entirely new shower house is in the works for next year as we "revamp" Camp Toasty. In the interim we'll be looking forward to your return and wishing all your adventures bring happiness and health. John

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Hipcamper Kurian
Kurian J.
recommends this listing.
March 12th, 2020

John was an awesome host and the place was absolutely beautiful. The complete stay experience was very refreshing and relaxing. I would absolutely recommend to everyone who wants to have a peaceful camping experience.

Hipcamper James
James G.
recommends this listing.
April 23rd, 2020

The stay was amazing! No electricity, but we knew that already. It was perfect actually because we wanted to get away from everything. The view from the balcony was amazing. It rained most of the time, but the setting was perfect for a stay in. The trails were fun and the water was great!

Hipcamper Johnny

Amazing location and stay.

Johnny T.
recommends this listing.
April 26th, 2020

Had a very relaxing stay. The shoal put me straight to sleep. Great cabin and perfect location.

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Hipcamper John
Response from John, the Host, on May 7th, 2020

Thanks! The sound of cascading water is definitely soothing to the ears. I like just leaving the windows completely open and getting that feelin' of sleeping totally outside. Pure bliss! And we absolutely love your leave-no-trace ethics! You make our job easy.

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Hipcamper Brandon

Superb camping experience!

Brandon S.
recommends this listing.
May 3rd, 2020

All around superb camping experience! We rented the cabin along with a couple of friends and had a wonderful weekend. The cabin was real nice and cozy, not to mention it’s an excellent value. It’s located right by the creek bank with access to a nice swimming/fishing hole. We really couldn’t have asked for a better host, either. John is a friendly warm soul who is very accommodating and down to earth. The staff was friendly as well. We’ve camped at Pinnacle Springs many times and will continue to do so. This is honestly my absolute favorite place to camp! It’s a stunning piece of land, chock full of natural beauty and splendor!

Hipcamper John
Response from John, the Host, on May 7th, 2020

Thank-you Brandon for the gracious and uplifting review. We enjoyed having you spend some time on the creek and are pleased to hear you had a wonderful weekend. We look forward to your next visit! And thanks for leaving the place spotless. Love ya! John

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