Welcome to Morningstar, a primitive camp nestled in a beautiful deciduous forest on a 16 acre family compound that boarders 1400 acre Lake Leatherwood. You'll set up camp right next to a natural spring and waterfall, with a small cave nearby. There are several spots for sustainable camping in the designated area, room for up to six people, if family or friends will be joinin
Welcome to Morningstar, a primitive camp nestled in a beautiful deciduous forest on a 16 acre family compound that boarders 1400 acre Lake Leatherwood. You'll set up camp right next to a natural spring and waterfall, with a small cave nearby. There are several spots for sustainable camping in the designated area, room for up to six people, if family or friends will be joining you. But this is a private, one-site camp, so you'll have the place all to yourself.
Nearby Lake Leatherwood is home to award winning trail systems created and well maintained for hikers and mountain bikers alike. Enjoy fishing, kayaking and peddle boats year round. Black Bass Lake is also nearby, a beautiful spot for a short hike or a little fishing. An Arkansas fishing license is required for all visitors, and guest passes may be purchased on the Arkansas Game and Fish website.
You'll feel glorious seclusion and quiet solitude, surrounded by forest and wildlife... and yet downtown Eureka Springs is just 2 miles from camp. Hike, drive, or hop a Trolley and explore the historic wonders and one-of-a-kind shopping and dining that Eureka Springs has to offer. Need recommendations? Just ask. We'll be happy to point you to our favorites, or ask any local. Eureka people are a friendly bunch! Then come on back to camp for a night of rest and relaxation by the fire and listen to the delicate trickle of water from the spring's moss and ferns.
Morningstar welcomes tents and hammocks, but NO space for RVs, Pop-Ups, or Trailers of any kind is available. Only one car may park near the entrance and all gear must be hiked in, an easy one-minute walk. To locate parking: After turning left onto Hyde Hollow, take the first right, pass a tiny hiking trail to the right (not for public use), and park immediately after the trail on the right hand side of the road, allowing plenty of space for cars to pass. Then unload gear and walk the drive straight ahead, past a small cabin, and on to camp. There is a wooden swing as well as a fire pit for your enjoyment. Please respect the beauty and health of the natural spring and do not use soap in the clear pool of water. If you're looking for a bit of adventure, please feel free to explore the cave, but know that you do so at your own risk as we are not responsible for accidents.
This is a primitive camp, so no running water, no shower, and no toilet facilities are provided. Please respect our forest and future campers by either providing your own compostable toilet or by digging a proper cat hole and leaving no trace.
No trash service, please pack-out all waste and leave no trace.
Now, kick back, relax and enjoy all The Natural State has to offer.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
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Morningstar is tucked into the undulating Ozark landscape that makes up picturesque Eureka Springs. Camp host Kimberly allows campers to hike in and camp just about anywhere on the 13 acre woods. We choose to camp just beyond spring waterfall near a rock face. We were surrounded by towering trees above a deep ravine and below bluffs.
There's backcountry hiking throughout the acreage as well a few groomed paths. During a hot day you'll be sure to dip your feet in the cool spring pool next to the dripping waterfall. Kimberly says that the little waterfall keeps going no matter the time of year.
Be sure to spend time in quaint Eureka Springs, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The town is stuck in time and tucked into the valleys and ridges that make up the landscape. You'll have find tons of places to eat and shop between exploring the pristine wilderness of this northern Arkansas' Ozarks town.
Great site! ask kim for directions
Morningstar is a wonderful campsite and great for if you want to feel like you're camping in a forest but also not having to drive far out of the way. The host Kimberly is a nice lady who is happy to give directions or pointers if you ask for them.
There's two campsites, campsite 1 is a campsite not far from behind their house, which has a gazebo and an area to camp. Campsite 2 is more of a secluded area where you're surrounded by trees. There's a cabin nearby but you wont notice it.
We stayed at campsite 2 and loved it. There's a couple fire pits, chairs, end tables for setting plates on, as well as drinkable water in a spring (were told it was tested recently to be safe to drink) that tasted fine. The water runs down some rocks and through moss so it's naturally filtered.
The directions could use a little work but our confusion was cleared by just talking to Kimberly and Star. We were unsure how to get to campsite 2 but Kimberly gave us directions after we mentioned we were staying there. Both were wonderful and nice people.
Not sure why it isn't listed on here but if you're staying at campsite 1 just go to the address listed and you're good. For getting to campsite 2 there's actually a road that leads you there that Kimberly told us about after talking to her. Don't try to walk down the back of the hill with your stuff otherwise you're going to have a bad time.
The road that leads directly to campsite 2 is actually down a dirt, after you turn onto the dirt road it'll be the first entrance on the right just a bit down the road. Kimberly told us there's a separate cabin there and to not park blocking them, which is reasonable. That cabin direction is below but you just park there and there's a path that leads to the campsite. You'll see the spring from where you park and the campsite isn't far from that. You will have to walk your things a short distance so be prepared for that, but this way is so much easier than trying to trek down a steep hill.
Hyde Hollow Cabin, 211 Hyde Hollow Rd, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
The directions were our only qualm though and I definitely recommend this campsite.
Kimberly is a phenomenal hostess! There is a restroom inside the house available (we tried to only use it during wakeful hours, but she didn’t restrict use). We camped behind the house because the hill drop off was very steep and I had a hurt foot where I could not hike all our gear down. I would recommend having all your gear in backpacks if you are planning to take it to a remote place on the property. We were thinking there would be more flat land to pitch our tent but couldn’t access any close to our parking near the house. We couldn’t hike our gear down without multiple trips up/down a very steep drop off, so we had to camp near to the house. There were multiple outdoor seating balconies and a small grate for a fire in the backyard with one particularly good view from the covered balcony.
Loved it here! First time using Hipcamp, truly a great first experience. The views are incredible. Only went inside the house for water, but they have a very nice dog Zoe. The gazebo was perfect, especially since it was a rainy weekend, we didn't have to be cooped up in our tent. Five stars!
Campsite was GREAT
HOWEVER, the host Kim, was extremely uninformative. the directions take you to the parking lot. She does not explain how to get to the actual campsite. Thank God for Star, someone who lives with Kim, she showed us how to get there. The hike to campsite 2 includes a treacherous hill. There is a way to drive there to at least drop your stuff off to avoid the hike there, but Kim will not tell you that. DO NOT PARK BY YOUR CAMPSITE. She will come down and tell you to move. The wilderness is great, peaceful, and private. Very close to downtown.
What a beautiful property this is. Kim was very nice, welcoming and kept her place extremely tidy. The pictures really don't do this place justice. We still decided to add to the collection. A little side note to those looking to stay here. Please pack your crap out and leave the place better than when you arrived. Half of the trash we hauled out was left from the people before. Be respectful so Kim will let people come back.
A+ host, beautiful area.
Kimberly was a gracious and friendly host. The area is beautiful. There were some logistical challenges on MY end that prevented us from staying at the actual Morningstar property as-booked, but she welcomed and accommodated us on a nearby property. It was a lovely area, and private enough that I didn't mind leaving our camp unattended during the day.
This spot is amazing. It’s a little tough because you can’t pull your car right up to it, but definitely worth it. There’s a cabin probably 200 yards away, but otherwise it’s totally secluded. The spring and caves are beautiful. Kimberly was great. Will come again.