Hipcamp host Shelly A.
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Pitch your tent, or park your RV or vehicle, next to the Irons Fork with beautiful views of nature and the Ouachita Mountains. Enjoy fishing at Big Pond (catch and release) or at Irons Fork, participate in our sustainable farming and building workshops, and watch the calves play on our working cattle farm. Look for crystals & arrowheads and check out the ancient mounds of Na


Pitch your tent, or park your RV or vehicle, next to the Irons Fork with beautiful views of nature and the Ouachita Mountains. Enjoy fishing at Big Pond (catch and release) or at Irons Fork, participate in our sustainable farming and building workshops, and watch the calves play on our working cattle farm. Look for crystals & arrowheads and check out the ancient mounds of Native Americans. Listen for the calls of the coyote. When a pack starts howling, whether to welcome home a pack mate, or to communicate to those in the distance, it is an awesome sound. (No fear, these coyotes do not attack :) ).

Located seven miles east of Mena, Arkansas, our farm has been in the family since 1897 and is listed as a Century Farm with the state of Arkansas. It is a working cattle farm on 150 beautiful acres with frontage along the Irons Fork River in the beautiful Ouachita Mountains. Venture off the farm and take advantage of the plethora of things to do in the area; canoeing, boating, ATV trails, swimming, hunting, hiking, state parks, antiquing, and more. The Ouachita National Forest is just a short distance away (half a mile).

The Blue; Arkansas' Fun Farm is our nonprofit which was started as a way to get kids who have an autism spectrum disorder into the great outdoors . A few years ago we started offering sustainable workshops which are open to the public; gardening, building with cob, repurposing pallet wood, etc. We may have one scheduled during your stay with us. Join us on this great adventure. (We're autism friendly, hence the name Blue)

And check out our zip line canopy tour while you're here. www.blueziplinefarm.com All campers receive 12% off for the zip lines. Our camp sites do not offer RV hookups at this time. We are dog friendly and have seven dogs of our own.

We have five available camp sites. Not all sites will accommodate a camper trailer. The sites that will accommodate a camper are sites #1, 3, and 4. Sites #2 and 5 are tent or SUV only. Please keep this in mind when choosing a site during your booking. To comply with Covid-19 health directives, the bathroom is extensively cleaned and disinfected after each use from floor to ceiling.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers
2 sites
Up to 9 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Bins available
No picnic table
No wifi
Camping vehicle details
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-through site
Max length 34ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: flat
Have a question? Send Shelly a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


We have marked trails winding through the property that will allow for some great exercise and wildlife viewing.

Wildlife watching

Birds, including bald eagles, deer, rabbits, squirrels, and more. Once an emu strolled through the property. And sightings of M...Read more



Natural features you'll find at River & Mountain Tent & RV Camp in Arkansas.


We have many forested areas around the property and along Irons Fork. The Ouachita National Forest is not far from our farm.

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The vibe at River & Mountain Tent & RV Camp

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Hipcamper Erin + Caroline
Erin + Caroline M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
November 1st, 2017

Caroline and I spent the day in Hot Springs National Park (Arkansas) and ended up driving west. We didn’t really have a plan and ended up picking up a field scout assignment, Shelly’s site, The Blue Farm on the Irons Fork River in the Ouachita Mountains. We didn’t really know what to expect but were treated to one of the coolest experiences we’ve had yet as Hipcamp field scouts.

Shelly, the host, is super friendly. Her and her son and their dogs, I think there were six, greeted us upon arrival. She gave us a little bit of ice to chill our beer and then gave us a tour of her property. We followed her in our 4Runner and she stopped in two or three places before we parked our vehicles and went for a short hike. She showed us the place that she and her family have called home since 1897 and it left us with a deeper sense of appreciation for her property.

There are lots of different places to choose from when it comes to deciding where to pitch your tent or park your RV. We opted on a spot up on the ridge that looked out onto two small ponds and gave us beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. We had the best time just walking around exploring her land and taking photographs of one another and her dogs.

We ate our dinner as the last of the light faded off to the west and then turned in for the night. It was early but the shorter days and the howling wind had us ready for bed. Sleep was easy due to the lack of light pollution and we were treated to the sounds of coyotes howling in the distance as we drifted off to sleep. At some point the wind died off and there was nothing but stillness and peace.

When we woke up we were surrounded by about a dozen cattle! They were curious about our coffee-making but were friendly enough. Still, we kept our distance and it wasn’t long before they became bored of us and moved on down the pasture. We hated to leave but it had to eventually say goodbye.

We recommend this site to anyone looking to spend some time in a really cool spot in the Ouachita Forest.

Home for the night!These boys stayed with us all evening and we loved it!How cool are these rocks?!Part of Shelly's land.
Hipcamper Hailey
Hailey C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
May 13th, 2018

We arrived super late (around midnight) and Shelly made sure we knew how to get to our site by setting up solar lights to guide us. She gave us her number so we could call for any issues/for direction. This was above and beyond what she had to do and we really appreciated it! The site was large and clean with plenty of space to spread everything out and get cozy for the night. Would highly recommend this site!

Hipcamper Tina
Tina S.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Site 3)
November 11th, 2017

This was a pretty private site out in the middle of a very large cow pasture. Even though there was a lot of cow manure everywhere, we were able to find a flat spot next to the trail in to set up our tent (free of poop). It was a pretty rough road to get out to the campsite but we managed to do it even with our hitch basket attached. It was a cold night the night we stayed but it was super quiet in between the howling coyotes and the cows. When we got up pre-dusk, the sky was unbelievably beautiful since it was in its natural state free of light pollution. Shelly was super sweet, allowing us to "freshen up" in her bathroom and showed us around her property. They have several zip lines and she told us we were welcome to us them although we didn't have the time. Overall it was a unique experience we enjoyed. We would definitely stay there again if we ever pass through Arkansas again.

Hipcamper Jim
Jim T.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
October 8th, 2018

We had a great time! The view was beautiful and Shelly was wonderful at willing to give us a hand if we had any questions!

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Hipcamper Chance

A very responsive camp host

Chance L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
July 21st, 2019

Shelly was a great host. She mowed the area we stayed in just prior to arriving and offered her wash rooms to us if we needed them. I would highly recommend this site.

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Hipcamper Christopher
Christopher W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
May 4th, 2020

Shelly is wonderful. She had our area completely prepared for our night. We stayed by a small pond and had a great time watching her dogs play. Super grateful for this experience.

Hipcamper Mary

Great 1-2 day primitive getaway!

Mary I.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
May 5th, 2020

What a beautiful oasis in Mena,Arkansas! If you’re looking for a perfectly primitive campsite with a view-then look no further! We found this spare of the moment and it really paid off. The land is privately owned and the owner, Shelly, was gracious to let us explore the land by the pond and creek. The added zip line tour was a great addition and one I would recommend if you have kids! The bathhouse and portapotty are a walk from the campsite and we also built our own fire pit using the rocks laying around -very primitive! Overall, it was a great find for anyone looking to get away for a few days!

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Hipcamper Amy


Amy C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
May 18th, 2020

We didn't get to stay there long because the weather was terrible but Shelly the host was amazing and the spot was just so perfect the place was clean everything you needed you had it was just wonderful very private enjoyed it and are going back

You couldn't ask for a prettier sight to look out atWe had this Pond all to ourselvesThere was plenty of room for our big tentThis is a beautiful sight I woke up to in the morning
Hipcamper Christopher

Great stay in mena

Christopher V.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
May 25th, 2020

Shelly is a great host and the farm is beautiful. My wife and 2 dogs loved camping out. Although the weather was a little unpredictable, the site is perfect for camping. Just a warning, the cows and dogs do like to speak a lot but they're friendly.

Dogs enjoying the viewSite 2 by the small pond
The Blue Farm on the Irons Fork
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