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OPEN AGAIN!!  One of the best swimming holes in Arkansas and it is all yours!!   Set on an island on the North Fork of  Cadron Creek -- central Arkansas' premier Class II whitewater river! -- this get-away-from-it-all cabin sleeps four  and an adjoining campsite allows for as many as 8 more people to  have  the  entire swimming hole all to yourselves.   This is the way to sp


OPEN AGAIN!!  One of the best swimming holes in Arkansas and it is all yours!!   Set on an island on the North Fork of  Cadron Creek -- central Arkansas' premier Class II whitewater river! -- this get-away-from-it-all cabin sleeps four  and an adjoining campsite allows for as many as 8 more people to  have  the  entire swimming hole all to yourselves.   This is the way to spend your summer days in Arkansas!  Inside the two-story cabin you have a long cabinet/bar with storage, a small table, and chairs.  Downstairs there is twin size bunk bed  and in the up-ladder loft there is a full size futon.   Outside there is a full length front porch with rocking chairs; and, upstairs a sliding glass door leads to a balcony overlooking the creek.     A nearby picnic table, fire ring, charcoal grill, and lamp hook allow you to bring it all outside and wrap yourself in nature.  A stone trail leads to the water where you can splash and swim, jacuzzi in Sarah's Wave, bask in the sun atop Jump Rock, float to Professor's Pool -- we offer boat rental and shuttles -- or simply enjoy the marvelous works and wonders.  Visitors are also encouraged to wander and explore any of the trails that criss-cross the 100 acre park.  You'll find waterfalls, goat bluffs, and even a nine hole frisbee golf course,  Downwind of the cabin and away from the river there is a sanitized porta-potty.  One can also obtain tokens ($3-5) to use the shower house at Camp Toasty (a short walk up to the ridge overlooking the creek).   Whether looking for a lonely weekend for two, a great place for a small group of friends, or a family-fun, creekin' adventure with the kids, Pinnacle Springs Cabin is the place for it to happen.   

FAQs:PRIMITIVE -- The cabin does NOT come with electricity or water -- it is off grid!!  However both electricity and water are available -- electricity can be obtained via solar panels, 400AmpH power inverter or a generator (only when campground is otherwise unoccupied).  Moreover electrical outlets for recharging phones, etc. can be found throughout the property -- Camp Toasty, store, bunkhouse, etc.  Primo filtered mineral water is also available inside the cabin and is provided by use of 5-gallon jug and hand pump.  Fans, propane heaters, gas stoves and "kitchen kits" are also available.

RESPONSE TIME - We have day jobs!    The campground is a 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.  Again, this is DIY - "do it yourself" camping so if new to primitive camping this is NOT the place to visit.  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 anyway.

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 on the weekends -- 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.   One is also invited to enjoy water from Pinnacle Springs.  All 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.

Additional amenities that are available -- 1)  Solar electricity -- $20/day -- allows one to recharge phones or power CPAP machine, etc. -- no ovens or blow dryers unless you want to run out of juice really fast  and 2) WiFi -- $10/day, unlimited usage.  

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 12 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
Have a question? Send John a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 33% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 80%

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Hipcamper casey
Casey H.
recommends this listing.
March 11th, 2018

Whoa! Absolutely must visit if you are anywhere close to Pinnacle Springs Cabin. John was an amazing host and facilitated the most amazing adventures! The cabin was awesome - bring your gear and relax with the amazing fog in the mornings. The grill was a nice surprise to have in the morning.

The weather had been super rainy the previous week and the entire region was flooded. John was ready with kayaks for us to help us cross the river and get to the cabin. I've definitely got to come back and get some lessons in peak season because John was an amazing host / guide / adventure partner / all of the above!

Go here! Go here! Go here!

cabin forest lodgingCrossing the bridge John was an amazing guide and we had a blast with the kayaks in the river.Bringing the kayaks down to the river to have some fun!
Hipcamper Chris
Chris W.
recommends this listing.
May 20th, 2018

Fantastic cabin in the middle of the woods. You’re close to the campground, but have plenty of privacy. Being right on the river is perfect.

No power to the cabin (knew that going in), but there is a place to charge cell phones, etc. Beautiful spot, we’ll be back!

Hipcamper John
Response from John, the Host, on May 21st, 2018

Thank you Chris for the glowing review. So glad you enjoyed your stay on the river -- it looked like your kids (three lovely dogs) had a great time exploring the woods. The cabin will be getting a complete "overhaul" this year while we construct our new restroom and shower house. So please come again next year and enjoy the improvements. Thanks again. John and Lisa

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Hipcamper Dustin
Dustin B.
recommends this listing.
April 19th, 2020


Hipcamper John
Response from John, the Host, on April 23rd, 2020

A little slice of heaven it is! Thanks -- you boys were awesome. The place was spotless!

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Hipcamper Chris

Our new spot!

Chris D.
recommends this listing.
March 31st, 2019

Secluded camping. Nice clean ground. Beautiful scenery.

Along the trail at the campsiteThe owner's dog loved the kids!Bottom floor of the cabin
Hipcamper Carolyn

Great cabin for weekend get away!

Carolyn P.
recommends this listing.
September 8th, 2020

John's directions to the campground were spot on and the cabin was very clean and tidy. The stairs in the cabin are more like a ladder to get to the second story, but there is a bunk-bed on the first story. This site is probably the most private of all his campsites, mainly because it is the largest and if you are only using the cabin...no one is directly next to you. We had our own access to the river that made it perfect for our dog to swim non-stop without bothering other swimmers. The fire pit was super nice, we were able to have a fire every night. If you run out of firewood, not to worry! John came by every afternoon to ask if we needed anything, including firewood which he delivers directly to your campsite! The outhouse was just far enough away but close enough that if you needed to go in the middle of the night you can easily get to it. We never discovered where the showers were located but we never needed them because the river was enough to get the grime off. Be sure to bring some river tubes, if you do it right, you can hit three small rapids on the river before getting out and doing it all over again. And if you have kayaks, we saw plenty of them on the river exploring. If you don't, you can rent them from John! We were a little concerned at first that it would be too hot in the cabin at night (we didn't pay extra for electricity) but with the windows and sliding doors open it was perfect! And it was very quiet at night, we let the river lull us to sleep every night. Our only complaint was our own fault. I didn't check if the county was dry, so we almost ran out of beer. So make sure to bring enough to last because the closest store that sells adult beverages is about 45 minutes away. Even before we left John's, we were talking about coming back!

Hipcamper John
Response from John, the Host, on September 22nd, 2020

Carolyn - Much thanks for a the review -- plus you left the place spotless. My kind of camper!! Also glad you pointed out that we are in a "dry county" and that those wanting adult beverages will need to secure them prior to their arrival. The shower house has been chiefly closed this year (COVID) to our guests -- but we're on track to have an entirely new shower house is in the works for next year as we "revamp" Camp Toasty. In the interim we'll be looking forward to your return and wishing all your adventures bring happiness and health. John

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Hipcamper Aron

Absolutely amazing!

Aron H.
recommends this listing.
November 7th, 2020

Wow! Don't even know where to start. Got a bit of this hipcamp thing oh, and this one takes the cake! Hands down, bar Nunn best camping experience with my life. John has one of the most unique properties you can imagine. And he does a phenomenal job with the upkeep and taking care of you! Even down to the bathroom. I swear I stay at Marriott's that aren't this clean, seriously! If you're in the area, you can't afford to miss this! Oh and did I mention, you can float the Beautiful Cadron River?! 'Nuff said :) oh I accept that, I love it so much I am looking into buying property in the area! And would be honored to have John has a neighbor! No joke.

Hipcamper Megan
Megan W.
recommends this listing.
November 13th, 2020

This property is something of a dream. My first night was spent at the creekside cabin. The bed in the loft felt like a cloud and I soaked up the luxury of having 3 pillows. (Tent camping with a travel pillow had been the previous game) The seclusion of the cabin is so fabulously divine. Set down a hill half a mile or more from the drive way (don't worry if your car can't go back up I promise, Amanda the groundskeeper will drive it up effortlessly while you feel shame that you weren't able to do so). The opposite bank of the creek from the cabin climbs interested a steep hill or ridge furthering the sense of complete seclusion. The weather was a bit bi-polar for early November (not that I am an expert on Arkansas weather) and I ended up dunking in the creek twice.

The creek itself is something to behold in fall. Perfect reflections of the surrounding colorful forest. A small rapid in the creek provides a wonderful subtle running water sound. Bright colored leaves float laxidasically downstream. The cabin is full of charm including a lovely little stained glass window. And no one is going to complain to the waking view from the loft out of the full sized sliding glass door. I want to move in. This was my first time in Arkansas, and I've gotta say this cabin alone (especially in the quiet off season) has made me fall in love with "The Natural State".

P.S John was always warm and pleasant through our communications. Make sure you ask where the key to the firewood is in case the box is locked. Thank you to John for sharing this special place, and thank you Amanda for being a bada$$ who is kind and warm.

Hipcamper Heather

Amazing, unmatched, family friendly

Heather R.
recommends this listing.
March 15th, 2021

Both John and his Wife are absolutely WONDERFUL hosts! We stayed in the Pinnacle Springs cabin located on site #1. PERECT cabin for a family of 4!! This weekend included our 10 year old son and 2 dogs. Our cabin was clean, had plenty of room. Offered a gorgeous view of Cadron creek from all areas! Come summer the balcony gives a perfect place to rock while watching the kids swim and tube down the creek. Being it is March the water is still a bit too cold to swim but was perfect for our canoe adventure and catching Kentucky spotted bass! John and his crew provided our family with the perfect size canoe and convenient shuttle service at the best price in the state! Not to mention John's knowledge of the history and area made for a true adventure! We opt'd for 100% primitive camping and barely noticed. Our 10 year old had a kindle and still got service for his downtime. The out house is the most immaculate I have ever seen and is the perfect distance from camp. We had neighbors but quickly forgot they existed as camps are perfectly spaced with perfect amount of privacy. The sound of the river is all we heard all weekend! We camp regularly and have not ever experienced such clean, beautiful scenery! Saw our first bald eagle and canadian geese while floating the upper stream Cadron (suggested by John and perfect for families or beginners). Along the float the waterfalls, bluffs, and the sounds of nature had us in awe! Things to be mindful of- we took our 2012 Honda Odyssey on bald tires and barely made it up the entrance/exit incline mentioned on their site. Completely our fault. Maxx Sporting Goods offers rain suits, bait, and more! Located less than 15 minutes away. As the site mentions, both John and his Wife have day jobs so having a bit of know how and giving advance notice for what you like and need is important!! With that said, they balanced checking-in yet giving space perfectly!! So much more I could say but this is quickly turning into a novel ;D In short, camping here was an adventure and absolute dream. Even with unexpected rain and no electricity. John will make sure you are well cared for. You WONT regret it!!!

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Hipcamper Kurian
Kurian J.
recommends this listing.
March 12th, 2020

John was an awesome host and the place was absolutely beautiful. The complete stay experience was very refreshing and relaxing. I would absolutely recommend to everyone who wants to have a peaceful camping experience.

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