Camp underneath the beautiful towering bluffs of northern Arkansas at Steel Creek’s Recreation Area & Campground. It's no wonder how Steel Creek got to be so popular—right on the Buffalo River, there’s no doubt this is one of the most scenic camping spots in the area. What are you waiting for? Mosey on down to one of the many reservable spots available, and get a taste for the rugged natural beauty in this neck of the woods.
Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
40 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.

Horseback riding
Wind sports
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Steel Creek Campground.

River, stream, or...
Swimming hole
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Hipcamper Chris
Chris G.
recommends this listing.
February 14th, 2019

watch out for traffic coming in and out

Hipcamper Ryan
Ryan K.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 19th, 2018

$12 per night - A peaceful place to camp right next to the river, with some basic amenities.
* Steep, curvy but paved entrance. Gravel parking area.
* Actual bathrooms that are centrally located. Not available year round.
* Easy river access via multiple trails - however some of these declining trails can be hazardous to elderly or very young children
* Nearby canoe loading area.
* Hiking trails
* Can fill up quickly during peak season - first come, first served.
* The main swimming area includes a large boulder that visitors can jump from while not being TOO dangerous. There is also a fresh, underwater spring that feeds into the river here, so it's very clean and cool.
* Large dumpsters are near restroom for waste

Hipcamper Chuck
Chuck P.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 21st, 2017

You can camp here for free during the off season. Gorgeous area with large cliffs along the buffalo river, close to the buffalo river trail and a couple of nice swimming holes.

Hipcamper Lauren
Lauren F.
recommends this listing.
February 9th, 2017

The road down to the campground can get a little sketchy in winter or wet weather. Call the ranger station before you go and ask for current conditions.

Hipcamper Austin
Austin H.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 22nd, 2016

Great site, but be sure to show early in the peak summer months because these sites are first come first serve.

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August 30th, 2018
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March 15th, 2017
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February 27th, 2017
Buffalo National River
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36.041° N, 93.344° W
Equestrian: 14 Sites
(Up to people per site)
Tent / Van: 26 Sites
(Up to 6 people per site)