Hipcamp host Walter  G.,
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*Closed due to Covid-19*

Dispersed camping for tents, hammocks or other primitive camping. We have a few places you camp in or next to a vehicle but the best spaces are a short walk in. Some space for parking an RV is available but it is not on a pad and no hook-ups.  

Baby Bears Camp is a short Drive, 15 minutes, from the University of Arkansas Fayetteville camp


*Closed due to Covid-19*

Dispersed camping for tents, hammocks or other primitive camping. We have a few places you camp in or next to a vehicle but the best spaces are a short walk in. Some space for parking an RV is available but it is not on a pad and no hook-ups.  

Baby Bears Camp is a short Drive, 15 minutes, from the University of Arkansas Fayetteville 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. We offer our campers a basic, private camping experience. 

The old berry and cattle farm is now being converted to orchards of elderberries and pawpaws, supporting a variety of secluded camps. Trails that meander through the forests along White River headwaters and the valley of Bullard Creek are rough and offer excellent wildlife viewing. Some recreational activities include pond fishing, hiking, mountain biking, lounging in the creek, bird watching, star-gazing. Relax among Ozark flora and fauna. The West Fork River is a half mile down the creek and offers more fishing options and the city has a park with sidewalk paved trails and is a popular swimming hole with locals.

The camps can be large enough for several 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.

The majority of the property has not been farmed in years and 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.  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

Campsite area
Tent sites
3 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Walk to listing
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Bins available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Have a question? Send Walter a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Cruise the flat river road or attempt our trails. Wear a helmet and lots of protective gear. It can be steep and rough.


Small boats can be used on our ponds or we can arrange short canoe trips down the West Fork of the White River.


Bass, bluegills and panfish that are loads of fun to catch and mighty tasty. No license needed. Legend of a catfish big enough ...Read more


We have some trails cut with a tractor, some by wildlife. Most of the land is overgrown the way the critters like it with trail...Read more


The West Fork of the White River is class 1 or 2 water. Not very challenging for White Water paddlers but a nice afternoon float.

Wind sports

Disc Golf!


Limestone Bluffs offer a fun experience. The Bluff Camp is inside 4 bluff walls. The bluffs aren't very high but good for techn...Read more


Our creek isn't very large but our south pond is nice for swimming and a local swimming hole is near on the West Fork River.

Wildlife watching

Birds of many varieties are one of our best residents or visitors. We haven't seen any baby bears in several years. You are lik...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Baby Bears Camp in Arkansas.


It's a jungle.


They are ponds. The fishing is good, no license needed.

River, stream, or creek

The West Fork of the White River is a half mile down our creek.

Swimming hole

Your choice, splashing in the creek or swimming in the river or pond when the time's right.


Bullard Creek has cut an amazing path through the property. When you are inside its steep banks you feel to be in a new world. ...Read more


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Hipcamper Briar
Briar L.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
April 29th, 2020

Overall a great stay! We lived exploring their hiking trails and land and all the resources the land had to offer. The highway was a noticeable noise, but made for a great 2 night trip. Felt like a private site for the most part but if you are looks for a remote location this is closer to highway and town of West Fork.

Hipcamper Candice

Peaceful, private, outdoor fun

Candice C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
March 30th, 2020

What a peaceful, private camping spot! We loved it! Walter was very kind and helpful. We had to carry our stuff to the site which was a log way from where we parked but it was totally worth it. It made for a good workout! There were closer spots but we wanted the one by the huge rock wall. Would definitely recommend!

Baby Bears Camp
Hipcamper Jordan

Great place to camp!

Jordan H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
March 28th, 2020

It was beautiful nice and secluded

Hipcamper Kylie
Kylie T.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
March 25th, 2020

It was so beautiful and relaxing there were many areas to choose from to camp best camping experience I’ve ever had!!

Hipcamper Jeff
Jeff G.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
March 9th, 2020

Walter and Sarah were very kind and accommodating. We arrived later than expected and they helped us find a good area to camp and made sure answer all of our questions. Really great hosts.

Hipcamper Jennifer
Jennifer I.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
February 16th, 2020

We had a great time camping here! There is a few great spots with fire pits set up, but you get to camp wherever you choose. There’s a beautiful pond and a bluff which make for great camping spots. The owners are very kind and it was overall a great experience!

Hipcamper Will
Will C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
January 10th, 2020

Very nice campsite

Hipcamper Austin
Austin P.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 17th, 2019

We had a really good time. Walter was an excellent host. Thank you!

Hipcamper Margaret

Private spacious camp

Margaret P.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 9th, 2019

I had a great time. Walter and Sarah were super accommodating and showed me right to the site. Beautiful country with a sweet little creek but it did have to vie with a little highway noise. Nothing major and all in all I had a great stay at Baby Bear!

Walter's Woods
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