About Baby Bears Camp
Short Drive, 15 minutes from the University of Arkansas campus, just off I-49, scenic beauty in a private setting, rugged, secluded, amazing spirit of the hills.
Our camp is on Ozark pioneer farmland, originally owned by the first white resident of West Fork, Eli Bloyd. A local archaeologist studied the land before I-49 was built and reported that our valley had been populated by the original migratory people 10,000 to 12,000 years ago with numbers as high as 2000 seasonal occupants. We find Native American artifacts often.
The old berry and cattle farm is long out of production, supporting a variety of secluded camps. Trails meander through forests along White River headwaters and the valley of Bullard Creek. Hike-in camping or RV with no facilities. Pond fishing, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, star-gazing. Relax among Ozark flora and fauna. The West Fork river is a half mile down the creek and we can organize short day floats if desired.
Camping is dispersed with private space easily found. Hike in camps get the best sites but some RV parking and drive in camps are available. The camps can be large enough for tens of tents or a single hammock tied into a hidden spot. We do not have elevated pads and safari tents. This is not 'Glam-Camping'. There is enough room for several groups of campers to all be in seclusion and private areas. We have some camping gear available for rent and are happy to share our knowledge and tricks of living in these woods.
Warning: Camping on our property is in a wild area. There are animals and plants that can be very dangerous to humans. DEET is the only effective treatment for ticks and mosquitoes and I've been active in these woods for over 30 years. Deep Woods Off and Tea Tree oil are necessities. Do not camp in the Ozarks thinking all natural bug juice will protect you. Have the DEET for a back-up.
Birds are everywhere around Baby Bears Camp. Many finches and buntings, sparrows and... List every song bird in America. We also have raptors, several kinds of hawks and falcons, eagles pass by on occasion and buzzards frequent the bluffs. One pond generates thermal lift and buzzards catch the wind to rise several thousand feet. Ducks, geese, kingfishers and herons drop in on the ponds as well. Last week Sarah and I walked up on two pileated woodpeckers playing, flying loops and hopping down in the bottoms. They had all the energy of Woody the Woodpecker cartoons. In winter the population turns over to woodcocks, robins, crows, blue jays and sparrow sized birds like cedar wax wings and too many more for a complete list. This year I have seen one bald eagle passing through the valley. They are common around the lakes and large rivers but a new sight in our woods.
The property has not been farmed in 15 years and a lot has grown up to benefit wildlife we enjoy watching. Our trail system surrounds and crosses the property to allow seclusion for the animals and viewing spaces for humans along with several great places for picking blackberries or other natural treats available for the taking. We are developing composting toilet houses around the camps and a shared cooking area. No weapons or fireworks please. This is a Golden Rule property. We ask our visitors to respect each other as well as Nature.
Another great characteristic of Baby Bear Camp is visiting West Fork. This cool Ozark city is a short walk to a variety of restaurants, weekend music venues, an excellent grocery store, farmers market, beautiful city parks and some really nice people in a town with a funky vibe.
Sunday has become our day for Jazz on the farm. Join us for our Sunday Jazz Jam picnic starting this spring with a natural theater in the round, opening when the weather is nice.
Thanks for considering our camp. Walter
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 6
- Accessibility: Park at listing
- Campsite area: Bring your own Cars, Vans, Trailers, RV & Motorhomes
- Check in after: 2PM
- Check out before: 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out
The vibe at Baby Bears Camp
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Located in the small town of West Fork, amidst the Ozarks, Baby Bears Camp was a perfect introduction to the Arkansas wilderness. We setup our tent on a site surrounded by bluffs on all sides. It was a perfect spot to escape the heat and our little one loved climbing the rock faces.
Back in town there's a lovely little restaurant and ice cream trailer. Instead of food, we chose to go where all the locals were and swim for a while during the hottest hours of the afternoon. A watering hole just past downtown was filled with all walks of life with families lounging and high schoolers diving from the river bluffs.
On our return Walter and Sarah gave us a tour of the property. There are two ponds, a creek that runs through the property and countless trails through the woods. Every so often we'd stop to eat the wild blackberries, which Walter loves to eat while working on the property. If you want to fish, hike or just relax Baby Bears is great place to pitch a tent.
We had a great stay at Baby Bears Camp! The location was close to hiking trails in the area and the hosts were friendly. We had plenty of space and enjoyed the privacy which is sometimes hard to come by at other campsites. Be warned, you can hear interstate noise from the property.
Loved Baby Bears Camp! Check in was super easy, Walter was keeping an eye out for me and showed me to his favorite campsite, which was fantastic little haven between the bluffs. I was so happy with the campsite and all the neature around. I saw lots of wildlife and slept great. Had a nice breakfast sitting on top of one of the bluffs (great climbing around here), with a beautiful view of the sunrise over the mountains. Quick and easy and scenic drive to Devils Den State Park for an afternoon hike. Highly recommend!
My friend and I had a lovely stay at Baby Bears Camp. Walter was there upon arrival to greet us and show us around to the different areas of the property that were available for camping and tell us a little history about the land as well. We pitched our camp next to a little fishing pond and had a wonderful night by the campfire gazing up at a beautiful star-lit sky and relaxing. We were only able to stay one night, but there seemed to be good hiking/exploring in the area. I would love to come back sometime!
Baby Bear’s camp was a pretty cool experience. If you are looking for a “roughing it” camping experience but with the luxury of still being able to run to the store if you need anything then this is the place for you. The bluffs camping spot provides plenty of privacy and the whole place is yours to explore and pretty close to Devil’s Den for some great hiking. I would love to come back when it is more green to get to experience it’s beauty!
Would definitely go back to this place! We got the spot that was in between the rock bluffs that felt very secluded, yet it was only about 200 yards away from the road and 5 minutes from the grocery store! Very cool spot. Devils Den state park was only about a 25 minute drive from our campsite! There is a pond with great fishing, just make sure you’re able to cash in between trees bc it’s surround by brush and smaller trees. Walter was a really nice guy as well, he showed us around the camp and ansnwered every question that we had. I would recommend this place to someone if they weren’t looking for anything primitive or even a place for the family