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Far more than just a place to camp.  Pinnacle Springs is more like a wilderness park lying right at the cusp of adventure.  Everywhere you wander you will find waterfalls, scenic views, caves and rock grottoes, and natural springs -- some renowned for their healing waters.  Whether just for a night or for a weekend of whitewater paddling, hiking, fishing and creekin' Pinnac


Far more than just a place to camp.  Pinnacle Springs is more like a wilderness park lying right at the cusp of adventure.  Everywhere you wander you will find waterfalls, scenic views, caves and rock grottoes, and natural springs -- some renowned for their healing waters.  Whether just for a night or for a weekend of whitewater paddling, hiking, fishing and creekin' Pinnacle Springs Recreational Park can deliver.  

Easy access?  YES!  Four lane highway right up to the last mile.  

Quiet?  YES!  Nothing but the sound of cascading water and nature's creatures.  

Streamside camping?  YES!   You can cast a rod and catch a fish from your camp.

Soft bed of pine needles with no rocks or mud?  YES!  And trees for hammocks.

Stuff to do?  YES!  YES!  YES!  On site you can find swimming, paddling, fishing, hiking, a 6-acre foraging field, and 9-hole Frisbee golf course, a Ninja rope course with zipline and slackline, rope swing, bouldering, climbing, psicobloc and more outdoor pursuits than one has time.   And Woolly Hollow State Park, Cove Creek Natural Heritage Area and Greer's Ferry Lake all lie within biking distance.   

New to camping?  Need a flush toilet, running faucet and shower?  Hate bugs, hate thorns, or hate wild critters?  Or simply don't like being outside and in a primitive setting?  Then this may NOT be the place!!   REPEAT:  This is NOT the place!!

But if you want to sneak away and find a lovely little place to unwind, commune with nature, and social distance in Arkansas under a tall canopy of standing pines and oak trees, then Pinnacle Springs Campground is where you need to be.  Pinnacle Springs offers riverside camping on the banks of the North Fork of Cadron Creek -- central Arkansas' premier whitewater stream -- less than an hour's drive from Little Rock (only 15 minutes from Conway and I-40).  

Camp by the side of a river.  Camp at the foot of a bluff.  Camp in a cave.  Camp by a waterfall.  Camp in a riparian jungle.  Camp atop a towering bluff.  Camp in total solitude or camp with friends and family.    We offer so many choices one can select a site that perfectly fits their needs.     And if you want total seclusion -- a real "wilderness experience" and are willing to "hike-in" a couple of hundred paces we can provide that too.  No traffic noise here!  Rather, you'll be soothed by the sound of cascading water echoing off the bluffs  -- great for outdoor sleeping and keeping the air fresh and alive.   Many of the camp sites are equipped with a heavy picnic table, fire pit and grill, lamp post and level tent site.   And if you like to swing -- we have trees!  Hammocks and slacklines are the best no trace tree thing ever!  And although Pinnacle Springs Campground lies in an off-the-grid wilderness setting there is good cell phone service, a water hydrant can be found near the front gate behind the store, and electrical outlets for recharging phones and such can be found on the ridge at nearby Camp Toasty.     We even offer hot showers during the peak paddling season -- March through June.  Downwind and further from the river is a clean and sanitized porta-potty -- and more can be found elsewhere on the property.   Guests are encouraged to explore any of the trails that criss-cross the property especially if you like waterfalls, scenic views, cascading streams, and goat trail bluffs.  The trails to Tanner Pool and Lil' and Big B Falls are especially popular after a heavy rain, Bluff Trail offers a nice perch for viewing the river below, and the 1+ mile "circuit trail" is a great way to start one's day.   There is even a 10-acre foraging playground -- oxalis, nettle, ginger, mint, poke, etc., a 1/2 acre fishing pond -- suitable for "storing" any fish you catch but may not wish to clean and eat -- and a nine hole frisbee golf course on the slave-built terraces where cotton fields once laid (first tee near bench by front gate).  I could go on and on -- this is a pretty awesome place with hundreds of acres at your disposal.  It is rough, rugged and unruly yet we call it home -- a place where everyone regardless race, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, political views, religion, national origin, or culture is welcomed to come enjoy nature's marvelous works and wonders.  Unwind.   Kick back.  And enjoy!

Campsites with electrical hookups are available at nearby Camp Toasty and both properties give you access to the full array of amenities offered by Cadron Creek Outfitters.  We also offer kayak and canoe rental, guide and shuttling service, and have four separate campgrounds on the banks of Cadron Creek to support multi-day paddling adventures.   

IMPORTANT #1:   This is a no trash park -- pack out what you pack in!  Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but memories.

IMPORTANT #2:  This is DIY camping!!   We love welcoming people to the creek but we are not here to pander to your every whim so if primitive wilderness settings give you pause or concern then please, please, please camp elsewhere. 

UPDATES -COVID-19 -- We are open.  Yes open, but with qualifications.  No warm embraces, hugs and handshakes upon arrival and social distancing is the norm but absolutely NO mandates.   

RESPONSE TIME - We have day jobs!    The campground is our passion and hobby but we are not always about 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!  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 may not even visit your campsite once you are on location.  Again, this is DIY  camping that lies at the edge of thousands of acres of wilderness so if new to primitive camping this may NOT be the place to visit.  

CAMPFIRES:  Campfires are prohibited unless you purchase a bundle from our 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.  Please just purchase what you need.  We may like to deliver it right to your campsite in the late afternoon -- but if the sun is setting or you are coming in late please feel free to pick up what you need from the bin outside the store.  You should be able to figure out how to get in.  Please pay for what you take -- $5/bundle.   Free firewood is available from selected wood lots -- just ask us where; 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.   These are free for you to use 24/7.   We also offer an onsite campsite water  dispenser on 1st come basis on the weekends.  Also on the weekends hot showers are available.

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.  Deer, raccoons, armadillos, turkey, geese and ducks visit us frequently and 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.  

LASTLY -- MOST IMPORTANT -- 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.

SITE#1 -- Bluff Manor.  A favored site.  Walk-in camping (approx. 80-100 feet) to an intimate site that sits aside Playground Shoals at the bottom of a top bluff.  Absolutely wonderful spot -- away from all other campsites and offering easy access to our trail system.  Picnic table, fire ring, tripod grill.

SITE#2 -- Eager Beaver.  The first site as you cross the low water bridge onto the island.  Like all the other campsites (exc. #12) it lies right on the banks of the creek.  Large and roomy site, easy to find, and fully equipped with table, lamp pole, etc.

SITE#3 -- Peachy Beach.  Another favored top 5 campsite especially for families with small children as it offers access to a really nice little sandy beach and gently sloping swim area.  Also pretty large and roomy.  

SITE#4 -- Belvedere.  A sandy perch overlooking the creek (short but steep trail to water) and our deepest swim hole with rope swing.  This site lies fairly close to SITE#5 and the covered pavilion and is especially good for larger groups (up to 20 people can reserve together SITE#4 and #5 and the pavilion).

SITE#5 -- Pavilion Camp.  Similar to site #4 but does not offer easy access to the water although it sits on the bank of the river (steep embankment).  A grand perch to watch paddlers run or capsize on Sarah's Wave.

SITE#6 -- Darren's Venue.  Renowned for being Darren's site of choice -- the highest camp above the flood plain Darren camped here for 49 days straight through 5 thunderstorms, a flood and a mini-tornado.  A proven choice -- trail to creek -- but a little steep.

SITE#7 -- Husky Heaven.  One of the "bigger spreads" and a bit distant from the next closest camp site.  This site is also sought by families as it is close to the swim hole above Sarah's Wave and has its own trail down to the water.

SITE#8 -- Hog Inn.  After a while all the descriptions seem to be the same -- great site, heavily wooded -- close enough to Site#9 that the two are often reserved together for a larger parties.

SITE#9 -- Heaven Sent.  CLOSED ON SPRING WEEKENDS.  Probably the most frequently requested site -- it has it all and sits right across from Indian Bluff House.  It is a faultless campsite aside from being in close proximity to the upper campground river access -- thus it gets some nearby traffic on the weekends -- mostly on Saturdays.

SITE#10 -- Paddler's Pad.  Short walk-in (<100 feet) to a camp hidden in the woods yet still with a trail to the water.   This is a new site in the making but has picnic table and fire pit.  One can access by car for unloading but otherwise request that you park in area so designated. 

SITE#11 -- Forage Forest.  Just beyond SITE#10 -- this is about as far as you can get from everyone while still camping on the island.  Hidden but accessible and with trail to the water -- in fact the camp lies adjacent to the trail to Lil' B Falls.  

SITE#12 -- Slough Hideaway.  The only camp on the island that is on the "slough side" -- tucked away back into the woods this is one of the first sites one encounters.  Just an all around nice camp. 

Lastly -- these are all the designated campsites.  For those who want a more primitive site or more private experience (all alone) -- we can make that happen too!  And ever so inclusive and in support of the BIPOC Project we have sites specifically set aside for people of color who might seek their own space without white people present for their own healing or safety.  Now a few FAQs:   FYI#1:  Again this is DIY camping -- we love welcoming people to the creek but we are not here to pander to your every whim.   If primitive wilderness settings give you pause or concern, please camp elsewhere. FYI#2:  Access to Pinnacle Springs Campground entails a short but steep hill (14% grade) -- it has never given us a problem as we drive up and down it every day in all kinds of vehicles; however, if there is any question in your mind as to your driving abilities or capability of your vehicle please camp elsewhere.   We have many campsites atop the ridge -- open and dispersed, take your pick.  FYI#3:  If total privacy is your thing and you want to see absolutely no one during your stay -- then do not camp at one of the designated campsites at Pinnacle Springs Campground but rather consider camping at our adjoining Camp Toasty and then driving or walking deep into the woods to find your special place.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
12 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair 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: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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The "back roads" of Arkansas lie just outside our door and we are frequently seen biking these roads as we shuttle ourselves ...Read more


Let's talk fish! Cadron Creek combines the best of the Ozark highlands and the Arkansas River valley in offering a large varie...Read more


Trails here. Trails there. Trails everywhere. We just tell guests that if it looks like a trail it probably is and if it isn...Read more


This is what we do. Our sister enterprise -- Cadron Creek Outfitters -- is a full service boat livery offering kayak and cano...Read more


Cadron Creek is a land of boulders and bluffs suitable for finding new routes and perfecting old ones. Within a few hundred ya...Read more


Come summer the Cadron offers up some really nice swimming holes for cooling down and play. Several swim holes offer rope swin...Read more

Whitewater paddling

Do we have white water? Yes we do! You'll likely see white caps from your camping site and be lulled to sleep by the sound of...Read more

Wildlife watching

Our campground is landscaped and groomed with wildlife in mind. A nesting turkey can be found in the pine grove. A family of ...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Pinnacle Springs Recreational Park in Arkansas.


Nearly every campsite has a trail to the creek and its own little mini beach.


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Our entire campground is wooded and designed by nature for hammocks and slack lines. Sun can be found -- especially out on the...Read more

Hot spring

Pinnacle Springs is not a thermal spring but its water has been renowned for its healing properties for over 150 years.

Swimming hole

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In addition to the cascades at Tanner Pool and the rapids lying at the heart of the campground one can also visit Lil' B and Bi...Read more


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The approach to the campground traverses a 15 acre pine grove and a relatively steep descent to the creek.

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Hipcamper Sharice

Hello fall!

Sharice B.
recommends this listing.
(#10 - Paddler's Pad)
November 10th, 2021

We have camped here twice. Both times in the fall. It is absolutely gorgeous! Our family loves the seclusion plus hanging out by the river with short hikes to take. John has been very easy to work with. Great spot to enjoy the fall weather and scenery!

Hipcamper Sean

Fantastic stay

Sean C.
recommends this listing.
(#7 - Husky Heaven)
November 8th, 2021

Quiet, clean, and spacious. Everything a campsite should be.

Hipcamper John
Response from John, the Host, on November 10th, 2021

Thanks so much Sean. Moreover you are everything a good camper should be: you left the place spotless!

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Hipcamper Tracy
Tracy P.
recommends this listing.
(#2 - Eager Beaver )
November 1st, 2021

The campground was great. Pick any spot. They’re all good.

North side under the rock face. Very scenic.Pinnacle Springs Recreational ParkWhere we decided to set up (it’s not actually a site, but was okay’d  in advance)A first view after waking up the first morning
Hipcamper John
Response from John, the Host, on November 10th, 2021

Awesome picture of Indian Bluff House! Most impressed. Moreover I love your river bed campsite -- talk about zero impact and river frontage, the bar has been set. Please visit again. John

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Hipcamper Brian

Great place

Brian S.
recommends this listing.
(#9 - Heaven Sent)
October 28th, 2021

Great place to stay but not far away also. Nice place.

Hipcamper Nicholas
Nicholas I.
recommends this listing.
(#10 - Paddler's Pad)
October 25th, 2021

It was a great place! We really enjoyed ourselves!

Hipcamper John
John T.
recommends this listing.
(#11 - Forage Forest)
October 23rd, 2021

Absolutely beautiful campground! We will definitely be back.

Hipcamper Nathan

Relaxing and secluded

Nathan V.
recommends this listing.
(#2 - Eager Beaver )
October 19th, 2021

What John has going here is pretty special! Nice secluded campground that's off the beaten path for a perfect relaxing getaway. Amenities may be less than a full fledge campground, but that's part of the beauty of camping...you make due with what you have and enjoy. Really love this place!

Hipcamper Becca

Magical forest

Becca B.
recommends this listing.
(#3 - Peachy Beach)
October 19th, 2021

From beginning to end, our 6 day stay at Pinnacle Springs campground was a fantastic adventure. The pics capture only a slice of this forest's magic. John is welcoming, friendly, and helpful. Our fellow campers were respectfully distant and also friendly. After passing through the gate, we were immersed in the forest sights, sounds, textures and scents....zero pavement or trash! It's delightful how John has managed to sustain both the pristine raw forest/creek/paths/campsites, and maintain accessibility. I have MS, and with the help of a walking stick was able to easily navigate the entire space.

And of course worth mentioning is the incredible experience of meeting my fave YouTubers Dome Life, as well as a new favorite, Chris of Fast Track. If camping videos are your thing, check them out!

Lastly, two things....the clean air smells like clear water and pine-vanilla. The creatures roam freely and we felt blessed to share their home during our stay.
Second, John is an amazing camp host!! Through fun, informative stories, an easy smile, and accessibility he shows his absolute joy in what he does. This was our first stay here, so I probably bugged him with more texts/questions than I will in subsequent stays. He answered every question with enthusiasm...he even helped me put the rain fly on our gigantic tent.

We will most definitely be staying in this natural wonderland again, and again.

Crystal clear creekThe pavilionThe road is well maintained, but blends right into natureGeorgie taking in the views, cabin site, 10/2021
Hipcamper Brittany

Relaxing weekend

Brittany J.
recommends this listing.
(#11 - Forage Forest)
October 18th, 2021

My husband and I were looking for a quick get away to celebrate our 1 Year Anniversary and Pinnacle Springs Campground turned out to be just the place for us! We had an amazing time enjoying the peace and quiet. Our two dogs had a blast swimming and hiking trails. Site 11 will be seeing us again! Our host, John, came out to visit/ check on us during our stay and we had a delightful conversation. We are looking forward to our next trip already!


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