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WOW!  Is this the best place to hide out and social distance in Arkansas?  YES.  Nestled under a canopy of pines and oak trees, Pinnacle Springs Campground offers riverside camping on the banks of the North Fork of Cadron Creek -- central Arkansas' premier whitewater stream.  

Camp by the side of a river.  Camp at the foot of a bluff.  Camp in a cave.  Camp by a waterf

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WOW!  Is this the best place to hide out and social distance in Arkansas?  YES.  Nestled under a canopy of pines and oak trees, Pinnacle Springs Campground offers riverside camping on the banks of the North Fork of Cadron Creek -- central Arkansas' premier whitewater stream.  

Camp by the side of a river.  Camp at the foot of a bluff.  Camp in a cave.  Camp by a waterfall.  Camp in a riparian jungle.  Camp atop a towering bluff.  Camp in total solitude or camp with friends and family.    We offer so many choices one can select a site that perfectly fits their needs.    Many of the campsites lie right on the banks of Cadron Creek so swimming, paddling, fishing, floating, and basking in the sun are often just a few feet away.  And, if you want total seclusion as per a "wilderness experience" and are willing to "walk-in" a couple of hundred paces we can provide that too.  No traffic noise here!  Rather, you'll be soothed by the sound of cascading water echoing off the bluffs  -- great for outdoor sleeping and keeping the air fresh and alive.   Many of the camp sites are equipped with a heavy picnic table, fire pit and grill, lamp post and level tent site.   And if you like to swing -- we have trees!  Hammocks and slacklines are the best no trace tree thing ever!  Albeit Pinnacle Springs Campground lies in an off-the-grid wilderness setting there is good cell phone service, a water hydrant can be found near the front gate behind the store, and electrical outlets for recharging phones and such can be found on the ridge at nearby Camp Toasty.     Downwind and further from the river is a clean and sanitized porta-potty -- and more can be found elsewhere on the property.   Guests are encouraged to explore any of the trails that criss-cross the property especially if you like waterfalls, scenic views, cascading streams, and goat bluffs.  The trails to Tanner Pool and Lil' and Big B Falls are especially popular after a heavy rain, Bluff Trail offers a nice perch for viewing the river below, and the 1+ mile "circuit trail" is a great way to start one's day.   There is even a 10-acre foraging playground -- oxalis, nettle, ginger, mint, poke, etc., a 1/2 acre fishing pond -- suitable for "storing" any fish you catch you may not wish to clean and eat -- and a nine hole frisbee golf course on the slave-built terraces where cotton fields once lay (first tee near bench by front gate).  I could go on and on -- this is a pretty awesome place with hundreds of acres at your disposal -- rough and rugged yet close to home.  

Campsites with electrical hookups are available at nearby Camp Toasty and both properties give you access to the full array of amenities offered by Cadron Creek Outfitters.  We also offer kayak and canoe rental, guide and shuttling service, and have four separate campgrounds on the banks of Cadron Creek to support multi-day paddling adventures.  

UPDATES -COVID-19 -- We are open.  Yes open, but with qualifications.  No warm embraces, hugs and handshakes upon arrival and social distancing is the norm.  Camp as far as way as possible from the next closest camper and if you're walking a trail and see someone else, you might consider turning and going the other way as we have hundreds of acres and lots of trails to wander.  Also please "lube up" upon entering rest room facilities and "lube up" again after leaving -- HINT:  the facilities at Camp Toasty get very little use.   Please also note it takes us longer to turn-over restrooms, campsites and cabins now and there may be a slight delay in getting facilities clean and disinfected from time to time.  Bring TP as we are having a hard time keeping it in stock -- seems someone or two are taking what we leave out for the guests to use.

RESPONSE TIME - We have day jobs!    The campground is our 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.  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.

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 -- 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.   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.

SITE#1 - A favored site.  Walk-in camping (approx. 80-100 feet) to an intimate site that sits aside Playground Shoals at the bottom of a top bluff.  Absolutely wonderful spot -- away from all other campsites and offering easy access to our trail system.  No picnic table, just bench.

SITE#2 -- The first site as you cross the low water bridge onto the island.  Like all the other campsites (exc. #12) it lies right on the banks of the creek.  Large and roomy site, easy to find, and fully equipped with table, lamp pole, etc.

SITE#3 -- Another favored top 5 campsite especially for families with small children as it offers access to a really nice little beach and swim area.  Also pretty large and roomy.  

SITE#4 -- A sandy perch overlooking the creek (short but steep trail to water) and our deepest swim hole with rope swing.  This site lies fairly close to SITE#5 and a covered pavilion and is especially good for larger groups (up to 24 people can reserve together SITE#4 and #5 and the pavilion).

SITE#5 -- Similar to site #4 but does not offer easy access to the water although it sits on the bank of the river (steep embankment).  A grand perch to watch paddlers run or capsize Sarah's Wave.

SITE#6 -- Renowned for being Darren's site of choice -- the highest camp above the flood plain Darren camped here for 43 days straight through 5 thunderstorms, a flood and a mini-tornado.  A proven choice -- trail to creek -- but a little steep.

SITE#7 -- One of the "bigger spreads" and a bit distant from the next closest camp site.  This site is also sought by families as it is close to the swim hole above Sarah's Wave and has its own trail down to the water.

SITE#8 -- After a while all the descriptions seem to be the same -- great site, heavily wooded -- close enough to Site#9 that the two are often reserved together for a larger parties.

SITE#9 -- Probably the most frequently requested site -- it has it all and sits right across from Indian Bluff House.  It is a faultless campsite aside from being in close proximity to the upper campground river access -- thus it gets some nearby traffic on the weekends -- mostly on Saturdays.

SITE#10 -- Short walk-in (<100 feet) to a camp hidden in the woods yet still with a trail to the water.   This is a new site in the making but has picnic table and fire pit.  One can access by car for unloading but otherwise request that you park in area so designated. 

SITE#11 -- Just beyond SITE#10 -- this is about as far as you can get from everyone while still camping on the island.  Hidden but accessible and with trail to the water -- in fact the camp lies adjacent to the trail to Lil' B Falls.  

SITE#12 -- The only camp on the island that is on the "slough side" -- tucked away back into the woods this is one of the first sites one encounters.  Careful where parking due to overhead tree -- haven't decided whether to remove or incorporate into a tree house.  

Lastly -- these are all designated campsites.  For those who want a more primitive site or more private site (all alone) -- we can make that happen too!And in response to prior reviews:FIY#1:  This is DIY camping -- we love welcoming people to the creek but we are not here to pander to your every whim.   If primitive wilderness settings give you pause or concern, please camp elsewhere.FIY#2:  Access to Pinnacle Springs Campground entails a short but steep hill (14% grade) -- it has never given us a problem as we drive up and down it every day in all kinds of vehicles; however, if there is any question in your mind as to your driving abilities or capability of your vehicle please camp elsewhere.FIY#3:  If total privacy is your thing and you want to see absolutely no one during your stay -- then do not camp at one of the designated campsites at Pinnacle Springs Campground but rather consider camping at our adjoining Camp Toasty  and then driving/walking deep into the woods to find your special place.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, trailers, vans and truck campers
12 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
Camping vehicle details
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-in site
Max length 26ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: flat
Have a question? Send John a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Biking

The "back roads" of Arkansas lie just outside our door and we are frequently seen biking these roads as we shuttle ourselves ...Read more

Fishing

Let's talk fish! Cadron Creek combines the best of the Ozark highlands and the Arkansas River valley in offering a large varie...Read more

Hiking

Trails here. Trails there. Trails everywhere. We just tell guests that if it looks like a trail it probably is and if it isn...Read more

Paddling

This is what we do. Our sister enterprise -- Cadron Creek Outfitters -- is a full service boat livery offering kayak and cano...Read more

Climbing

Cadron Creek is a land of boulders and bluffs suitable for finding new routes and perfecting old ones. Within a few hundred ya...Read more

Whitewater paddling

Do we have white water? Yes we do! You'll likely see white caps from your camping site and be lulled to sleep by the sound of...Read more

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Our campground is landscaped and groomed with wildlife in mind. A nesting turkey can be found in the pine grove. A family of ...Read more

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Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Pinnacle Springs Campground in Arkansas.

Cave

Want to camp in a cave? We can make it happen as Indian Bluff House lies just across the river. You too can sleep where nativ...Read more

Forest

Our entire campground is wooded and designed by nature for hammocks and slack lines. Sun can be found -- especially out on the...Read more

Swimming hole

The best swimming holes on Cadron Creek can be found within walking distance of every campsite. Sarah's Hole with it's jumping...Read more

Waterfall

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Hipcamper Sasha
Sasha D.
recommends this listing.
(Site 29)
May 1st, 2018

This is a great campground. Plenty of tall, shady trees. Easy to access, and a beautiful creek. Clearly has been the site of some burning-man like things. I didn't meet the hosts, which might have been nice so they could give us some basic info, but it was no big deal. Would go again 100%.

Hipcamper John
Response from John, the Host, on May 1st, 2018

Thanks Tommy. Glad you enjoyed your stay. You'll be happy to know that the big project for this year is the construction of a real shower house with restrooms having flush toilets. In the meantime, potta-potties and pit toilets with showers available only in the bunk house. Thanks again for helping us become a destination campground. John

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Hipcamper Ambie
Ambie V.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
May 27th, 2019

John is wonderful! Delivered ice and firewood to our campsite each night, at no extra charge and with a smile! Flexible schedule and well-kept equipment for affordable floating via canoe or kayak. Port-a-potty was extremely clean, as were the grounds. Perfect, welcoming spot for primitive camping. I will definitely be back!

Hipcamper John
Response from John, the Host, on June 3rd, 2019

Thank-you so much for the kind words and spending time with us here on the Cadron. We are so happy you enjoyed your visit. And we really do pride ourselves on having the cleanest privies -- thus it is very nice when someone takes notice. Again, thank-you! We await your return with a red carpet roll out.

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Hipcamper Angelique

Best camping trip ever

Angelique C.
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(Site 12)
May 23rd, 2020

Pinnacle Springs was, by far, our best camping trip to date. We weren't planning to drive more than an hour and a half from home but decided to chance it and drive 3 + hours from the Missouri Ozarks. We were not disappointed. The campsites were all so large with good access to the water. The sound of the water was so soothing. We could truly relax without having to hear other campers' conversations or music. Even our youngest (and most camping averse) said, on our very first evening there, "This is the best first day of camping ever!" That made this momma a little teary. There was so much to do and we felt safe letting the kids run around and explore our enormous campsite (#7). The kids loved the waterfall trail. The sounds of their laughter and the, "Mom, look at that!" exclamations were my favorite. We saw beavers on our float; that was a delight for all. Even our dog, Rowdy, made friends with the resident dogs. Rowdy had a blast, too, and didn't want to leave. We plan to visit again, soon, and go on the ghost town tour.

Hipcamper Treasure
Treasure T.
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(Site 2)
June 3rd, 2020

Great camp ground - its absolutely beautiful to walk around and the river was great to swim in. the camp sites are all well maintained, and have really nice benches, tables, and fire pits. John was really great - gave an overview of all the best trails and brought around firewood which was 5$.

I would definitely recommend!

Hipcamper John
Response from John, the Host, on June 10th, 2020

Thank-you for the glowing recommendation. Glad you got a chance to take a swim and enjoy the property. We'll keep working on making PSCG a favored destination for camping, swimming and paddling.. John

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Hipcamper Michelle
Michelle W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 9)
June 10th, 2020

We always enjoy camping here! The host is great and the campground is clean and very peaceful!

Hipcamper John
Response from John, the Host, on June 11th, 2020

And we absolutely love both you and John -- not only as guests but friends. You are always willing to lend a helping hand, have great no trace camping ethics, are capable of taking a beaten' and keep on paddlin', and have made Lisa's stay at the creek so much more pleasant and enjoyable. We feel blessed. Thanks.

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Hipcamper Nicole

Heavenly

Nicole N.
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(Site 5)
June 29th, 2020

If i were to imagine heaven, this would be very close to it. I'd only need a cottage with wildflowers and a garden out back to never ever leave! I will be back and i hope it's exactly the same. I have been looking for a new place to call home and out down roots also and i think this area fits me. If anyone knows if work in the area, ket me know!!!
Owner and everyone else was so very kind. I appreciated them checking in and making sure all was good. I also appreciated the pure ambience i experienced. Almost magical. Namaste John, Namaste!

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Hipcamper John
Response from John, the Host, on July 3rd, 2020

Thank you Nicole for adding to heaven's beauty! I so enjoyed meeting with you and appreciate your leave-no-trace camping ethics. Tucked away in the woods at campsite #11 I hardly knew you were there...but both Taz and I miss ya and thus await your return. Stay healthy, stay happy! John

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Hipcamper Stanford
Stanford R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 29)
April 29th, 2018

Beautiful space that truly feels off the grid. Easy to access and find a spot. Would definitely camp here again.

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Hipcamper NATHANAEL

Very secluded

Nathanael H.
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(Site 4)
September 2nd, 2019

Thank you for the camp site! We really enjoyed the area and the creek. We will definitely keep this spot in mind next time we go camping.

Hipcamper John
Response from John, the Host, on September 5th, 2019

We are blessed with some beautiful scenery here in the Natural State -- most especially for those like you that venture off the beaten path. Whether for fall colors or spring paddling we are always welcomed to visit. We love low-impact campers.

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Hipcamper Becky

Beautiful campsite by the water

Becky M.
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(Site 4)
September 6th, 2019

We arrived at night and woke up to find we had the whole campground to ourselves. It’s a beautiful spot! We didn’t get to meet John but found his directions helpful. (In hindsight we should’ve only relied on the address given and not the coordinates—that was our mistake.) Our Honda Accord had a little trouble going up the steep incline of the trail on our way out. Just something to be aware of if your car doesn’t have four wheel drive and the ground is freshly wet.

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