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Camping in Arkansas

With 50 state parks and two and a half million acres of national forest, it's no wonder Arkansas is called The Natural State.

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If you’ve never been to Arkansas, the staggering beauty of the Natural State might surprise you. You don’t have to travel far to find a densely wooded national forest, state park or national park in which to enjoy some secluded tent or RV camping. In the northern region, Ozark National Forest spans 1.2 million acres and claims the state’s tallest peak, Mount Magazine. Developed campgrounds in the rugged mountain landscape blend harmoniously into the lush forest terrain.

Hot Springs National Park, a.k.a. “The American Spa,” is home to the legendary 143-degree thermal waters that soothe, heal and relax. You’ll appreciate that after a 10-mile hike on Sunset Trail, the longest trek in the park. Visitors find several campsites to choose from here, each suited to primitive tent or RV camping with full hookups.

Thirty-two of the 52 state parks in Arkansas offer campsites. If dropping your line in one of American’s best trout-fishing streams appeals, head to Bull Shoals-White River State Park. This spot in North Central Arkansas is an especially good choice in the hot summer months. The campground is right below the Bull Shoals Dam, and cooling fog from White River blankets the tent sites at night for a comfy sleep.

Another perennial favorite is Devil's Den State Park, nestled in a lush valley in the Ozark Mountains. Rock formations and caverns beg to be explored, and an 8-acre lake welcomes canoes, kayaks and pedal boats. A large multi-use trail system leads to the surrounding Ozark National Forest. Cabins, campsites, hike-in only and horse camping options cater to all levels of ability and comfort.

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