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Pinnacle Springs Recreational Park

64 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents100 acres · Greenbrier, Faulkner
TOTALITY! Reservations for the 2024 Eclipse now available -- music, arts and science for all. And because we are located right on the Cadron we also offer kayak and canoe rental, guided trips, and shuttle service to various observation points and natural scenic areas. FYI: You'll not find more for less -- limited availability. Pinnacle Springs Recreational Park lies within a private nature reserve of hiking trails, waterfalls, bluffs, cascading streams and wildlife -- it is all here. The campground is off the radar -- there are no highway signs or advertisements -- yet offers comfortable and safe refuge to guests whether staying in a tent, camper, RV or one of our cabins. 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, kitchen sink and daily 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!! But if you want to sneak away and find a lovely little place to unwind and bathe in a forest under a tall canopy of standing pines and oak trees, then Pinnacle Springs is where you need to be. Pinnacle Springs also offers riverside camping on the banks of the North Fork of Cadron Creek -- central Arkansas' premier whitewater stream -- and is 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 or atop a towering bluff. Camp in a cave. Camp by a waterfall. Camp in a riparian jungle. 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. And from March through November hot water showers are freely available. 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 Tanner Pool is 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. Our place is a bit rough, rugged and unruly yet we call it home -- a place where everyone regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, political views, religion, national origin, or culture is welcomed to come enjoy nature's marvelous works and wonders. So we invite you to come down to the Cadron and sit a spell. Unwind. Kick back. And enjoy! BTW: Those that find our campground a good fit and leave us a welcoming review are invited to return as a "friend of the Cadron" and receive 20% off on future reservations.
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Hidden Springs Camping Retreat

8 sites · RVs, Tents78 acres · Heber Springs, Cleburne
Discover the essence of back-to-basics camping at our primitive campsites, each generously sized tent sites are designed to embrace simplicity and unplug from the hustle of daily life feel the stress slip away as you pitch your tent and let the natural surroundings become your haven under the open sky
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Suzy Q Hideaway

4 sites · RVs10 acres · Higden, Cleburne
Once home of the Qua-paw indians (Downstream people). They lived above the cliffs looking down at the Little Red River. They bent certain trees (trail tree) markings the way across the narrows. In 1964 the Greers Ferry Dam was built flooding the town of Higden. Much of the old town is still underwater.
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1440 Dreamland

71 sites · RVs, Tents366 acres · Shirley, Van Buren
Become immersed in a natural Ozark dreamland destination at this 366-acre Tent/ Small RV Campground named ‘1440 Dreamland.’ If you love outdoor adventure, this property is for you! Take advantage of the ponds, the hiking trails, and the 5-acre private lake, perfect for fishing and wildlife viewing. Secluded natural decks speckled throughout the forest that boasts sweeping views of the Ozark Mountains exist in the Ridgetop Lake and Upper Bluffs Areas! The Campground Area begins at the front of the property where you enter through the gated area of 1440 Dreamland. Based upon your reservation, you will be directed to your area of choice. Constant contact can be kept through the Hip camp App to assist you through arrival and departure. Our staff prides themselves on delivering an experience to remember. Feel free to ask any questions you have before and after reservations are made. What are you waiting for? Book Now!
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Barefoot Gardens Homestead & Camp

4 sites · Tents13 acres · Vilonia, Faulkner
Back in 2018, when we FIRST moved to this land, there was only a water spigot and a 14x14 structure that was basically a glorified shed... Now, 5 years later, we have created many fun spaces and built many structures for our many hobbies and passions. We have built a small workshop, a rock cutting/shaping area and decked out a shed with a jewelry-making station and a long marble countertop for sewing projects. We have built a 3-level treefort with a crow's nest and a 10x12 screened Bungalow in the woods for guests to stay in. We have also created a large garden with 9 beds, using various aspects of Permaculture, including several Hugelculture beds. We created a comfortable and private outside shower in the upper corner of the garden, that is perfect after a long day of having our hands in the soil! (Meredith has named it the "Flower Shower" as we grow various seasonal flowers, Sage and some beautiful Poppies that can be seen from the shower.) Because this is Arkansas, and we live at the top of a ridge, our topsoil is mainly clay and rocks... so one of the first endeavors we started was creating a 5 bin mass composting system to build up our soil for our gardens. We found grocery stores and coffee shops to donate hundreds of pounds of old produce and coffee grounds. Since our arrival we have made over 4000+ lbs of beautiful compost and continue to do so today! We have planted 14 fruit and nut trees and started a 'Berry Orchard'. We also have a small vineyard consisting of about a dozen trained Muscadine vines. Closer to the house is a wonderful Herb Spiral that showcases over 20 medicinal and cooking herbs and we have a dozen more herbs in the other garden and around our land as well. We also have been planting a food forest outside the garden area, growing PawPaw trees, Gooseberries, Jerusalem Artichokes and Opossum grapes for the critters... so they may leave our actual garden alone, but they can still come close to get a tasty snack. We also built a large chicken coop for our 25+ egg layer chickens, ducks, guineas and turkeys that free range our yard. There is over a mile of trails through our woods, criss-crossing over our seasonal springs that we have built bridges over. Our trails go up and down the mossy topped valleys and ridges with many places to comfortably stop and rest along the way. One aspect about all this that we are extremely proud of, is that we have built 75% or more out of RECLAIMED MATERIALS and RECLAIMED LUMBER (and made it look good!) Learn more about this land: We are located only 12 miles from I-40, just north of Vilonia. Our Homestead Farm: Barefoot Gardens, is on 8 acres of hardwood forest, where we use various Permaculture techniques to grow over 140+ varieties of various herbs, fruits, vegetables, trees and flowers! The nights here are peaceful and filled with the soothing sounds of treefrogs. Fireflies dance in the night air as the stars peak thru the leaves overhead! (We commonly camp in our own yard for this exact same reason!) Besides multiple camping locations and a beautiful forest, we also host over a dozen Educational Workshops and Homestead Demonstrations! Most all workshops/demonstrations are kid friendly as well! (Workshops are listed below in this description. They are also listed in the 'Extras' section of our HC profile.) Here at Barefoot Gardens, you will find many fun and interesting places to explore and enjoy! Here is a list of some of our favorites! - A 10x12 secluded, screen enclosed, roofed platform (10x12) is available for camping in the forest. This location is 600 ft. from parking area. Electricity is provided (No A/C or heat, please!) A firepit with a metal cooking grill and a small picnic table are also provided. A compost toilet is attached to the backside of the platform as well. Multiple hiking trails intersect near and around this area! - Tent camping is available in various locations throughout the yard and forest, with available access to electricity and water (No A/C or heat, please!) - Plenty of great places to hang up hammocks! (Including our 3 level Treefort!) - RV's and pull behind camper's welcome! (up to 25 feet only please) Only very QUIET generators are allowed! If you need to run your A/C or heat for extended periods of time, while hooked into our electricity, please add $10 onto each day you stay with us!  And NO... you cannot empty your black water tank here.    [4 day maximum stay, please!] - Firepits available next to campsite locations  - An outside shower located in the large garden  AKA 'The Flower Shower" (warm season only.)  - Over a mile of hiking trails, with bridges that cross over seasonal springs and moss covered ridges. Trails go up and down several valleys and ridges, so there are several rest spots along the way. (Trails have been clearly marked with Blue trail markers, for easy navigation!) - A large Herb Spiral featuring 25+ medicinal/cooking herbs and over a dozen more in our main garden and yard as well! - Fresh picked greens, veggies, berries and Farm Fresh Chicken/Turkey eggs from our chickens are available for purchase too! (Located in the 'GOODS' section of our HipCamp profile! (Fruit/Veggie/Egg availability change depending on time of year.) Besides all the beauty, trails and fun here at Barefoot Gardens... we also host multiple informative and educational workshops! More info about these can be found in the 'EXTRAS' section of our HipCamp profile! Gardening, Plants & Permaculture Workshops Include:  1. "Herb Identification & Use" (= $5)     2. "Permaculture Tricks, Tips & Techniques" (= $5)     3. "Composting Like a Boss" (= $5)     4. "Foraging For Food in Arkansas" (= $5)     [Availability and diversity depends on season.]   Homesteading Workshops Include:    5. "How to Clean & Process Chickens" (= $20)     6. "Soap Making" (= $10)      [Text and ask about availability of both these workshops beforehand, please!] Crystals & Jewelry Making Workshops Include:    7. "Arkansas Quartz Crystal/Mineral Mining" (= $30)   [**Hosted OFF SITE!**]     8. "Shaping/Cutting Rocks & Crystals" (= $15)     9. "How to WireWrap Crystals & Stones" (= $12)     10. "Creating Hammered Copper Jewelry" (= $10) We also have various Farm Fresh Produce and Freerange Chicken Eggs available! (Ask us what produce we have in our garden during your stay!) And we have various types of Hand Collected Crystals and Minerals, Handmade Jewelry, Anti-Poison Ivy Soaps/Salves available (and more) in our "GOODS" section of our HipCamp profile!   ** Although we don't have a swimhole on site... there is a Beautiful 'Secret Swimhole' only a short drive away!
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Sunsets on the Arkansas River

2 sites · Tents13 acres · Fourche, Perry
Learn more about this land:Sitting above the Arkansas River you have an excellent view of the river from two vantage points. With a large almost 2 acre clearing there is plenty of room to roam.  Magical sunsets and more stars than you can count!  When it's a full moon, you can watch it coming up through the trees as you are sitting in front of the fire.  If you are really lucky, sometimes you can watch the searchlight from the river barges as they navigate the big bend in the river.  If you are a nature lover this place has it all.  We try to keep fire wood stocked at the sites, but sometimes it gets used up before we can restock.  If that is the case there is TONS of dead wood all around the site.  If it's on the ground it's fair game.  We only ask that you don't take down live trees.  You guys know the deal, we all love the trees so lets show them some love, cool?  If you find there is no wood around, give us a ring and we will do our best to get some to you.Navigate to the entrance here (tinyurl.com/ArkRiverOverlook) and you will find the main entrance to both sites:Site 1 (tinyurl.com/OverlookSite1)(34.949993, -92.569705) The first of the two that sits at the top of the hill as you enter Rock Island road (this is the name on old county maps).  The narrow entrance is just to the left, right before you start to head down the hill.  It's a bit of a tight squeeze for anything larger than a full-size pickup truck.  Secluded, with stupendous views of the river and Lollie Bottoms on the other side.  If you have a pair of binoculars you can watch the farmers working the fields and count all the cows over in the bottoms.  This site has an 8'x8' deck where you can pitch a tent or just set up some chairs and sit under the stars.  Just above the platform is a small area that has been leveled for a small camper, that measures approximately 12' x 6' in total.  There is also a cabin in the works, so if the weather is really bad you can get in it and out of the rain.  But be warned, it's a metal building so it's LOUD when it's raining.  Eventually this will be a fully furnished cabin with AC, shower, queen size bed, etc.NOTE: Only small campers (like small popups) can fit on this site.  It cannot support campers taller than ~10 feet or longer than ~18 feet.  If you want to use a camper PLEASE contact us ahead of time so we can ensure you won't have any issues.Site 2 (tinyurl.com/OverlookSite2)(34.951358, -92.569561)Is located near the bottom of the road but actually has two views of the river.  It is very secluded and a little more concealed, which can be good on hot days as there are more trees for coverage.   There are a lot more trees on this site so if you don't want to be out in the open this is the one for you.  The canopy protects you from the sun so your tent doesn't get too hot during the day.  NOTE: Site 2 can only support tents and small popups.Both sites will allow for multiple vehicles to be parked, so no problem there.  If you bring any vehicles please do not ride them on the property as they damage the grass, there are lots of good off-road riding to be had in the area.If you have 4wd, then find your way to the Million Dollar lookout (tinyurl.com/MillionDollaView).  It's been a favorite lookout for years, and I promise it will not disappoint!  If you have 4wd or at least a vehicle with decent clearance you can head down to the end of the road (tinyurl.com/DownByTheArkRiver).  At the end of Ledwedge Rd, it becomes an unmaintained road that goes all the way down to the river and crosses the railroad tracks.  If you are really lucky you will get to see a train pass by, up close and personal.  The road is pretty rocky so be warned, you really do need clearance on this road!If you want to fish on Lake Maumelle go to North Shore Landing (tinyurl.com/NorthShoreLanding), it's only 5.8 miles from the property.  North Shore Landing on Lake Maumelle is a beautiful short hike to the edge of the lake, surrounded by wildlife and greeted by an amazing view of the lake.  Set up a picnic and just hang out and fish! A little further and you will come to Crossroads Food Mart convenience store.  They have gas, food, and beverages (some alcoholic ones too), ice, etc.  They can even make a pizza that you can go and pick up if you are in the mood!  They have everything you need to make for a perfect camping trip.  If you want to come to pick up the pizza just call ahead!  (tinyurl.com/CrossRoadsFoodMart)The Rock Island railway is down below next to the river and there are plenty of trails you can ride around on as well.  You aren't far from two National Forests so day trips from here are a breeze.  If you are into gardening or local farm-to-table cuisine you should check out Moss Mountain Farm. Toadsuck Lock and Damn park are about 30 minutes away, and if you need a big Walmart there is one 10 minutes past that.  There is also a big Walmart about 30 minutes in the other direction at the intersection of Chenal Parkway and Cantrell Road.And if you like hiking and climbing then you cannot miss Pinnacle Mountain State Park!  Climb to the top and get the best views in all the area, 360 degrees views up there.  And if you want something a little less steep, the Kingfisher trail at the bottom makes a nice gentle loop next to the Little Maumelle river where you can see absolutely GIANT cypress trees.  Also, the Ouachita National Recreation Trail (tinyurl.com/OuachitaNRT) passes just 5 miles from our place, and it loops around the entire north side of Lake Maumelle.  There is a trailhead and parking near North Shore Landing.There is plenty of mountain biking in the area too.  Here's a link to some of the trails:  mtbproject.com/directory/8007059/pinnacle-mountain-state-park-monument-trailsThere is something for everyone here!
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Tranquility on the Arkansas River

3 sites · Lodging, RVs2 acres · Mayflower, Faulkner
Come experience the awe that we get to experience daily. The river is in our backyard and we want to share our slice of heaven with you. The river is a place for relaxation, as well as being a great place to fish or just hang out with friends. The river also provides an opportunity for learning about nature and wildlife. The sound of birds is one of the most beautiful sounds on Earth. It is a sign of life, it is a sign of hope. Birds are plentiful along the river and you are sure to enjoy the concert that they have prepared specially for you. There's no need to drive too far from Little Rock – in fact, you can find a great campsite just across the Arkansas River from P. Allen Smith's famous Moss Mountain farm. This spot is teeming with wildlife, and you may even be able to catch some fish or watch Eagles soar. Stargazing is strongly encouraged here – under a dark sky, the stars appear big and bright. Please enjoy your stay and help us keep it that way. No parties and no unsupervised minors. We are in the country and there are no fences. You may be greeted by neighborhood dogs. We have never experienced any aggression and most of them are happy to get pet by our guests. If they are bothering you, simply provide a stern, "go home" and they usually will leave you be. On the other hand if you pet and feed them they will be your new best friend. We host on Hipcamp because we love the outdoors. We love traveling across the country, exploring, and experiencing new things. We are fortunate enough to have found our slice of heaven and we're so excited to share it with other travelers from near and far. It often becomes an opportunity to hang out with like minded people and make new friends.
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Fawn Meadow

2 sites · RVs35 acres · Shirley, Stone
Private, secluded RV site with 30 or 50 amp service, water, sewer. Fire pit, picnic table. Walking trails. Woods with lots of wildlife and springs. Close to Fairfield Bay ATV trails, Little Red and White rivers, Mountain View, and Blanchard Springs. Skip the crowded RV parks for peaceful relaxation !
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Rocky Creek Ranch

24 sites · RVs, Tents30 acres · Shirley, Van Buren
RCR is 25 acres of natural beauty in the Ozarks. Spring fed pond on property provides great swimming, fishing and peddle boating. Bring your boat and launch it into Greer’s Ferry Lake 1/2 mile away. Beautiful sunrises and breathtaking sunsets with much to do in between in beautiful
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BJ Ranch

6 sites · RVs, Tents550 acres · Mc Rae, White
APRIL 8 TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE RV SITES BJ Ranch is a 550 acre livestock ranch and home to the Lerchers. Checkout www.lercher15trails.com for some history and trail information. We offer 16 miles of biking and hiking trails; several campsites; showers/restrooms;fishing; farm raised beef; Ranch tours/ tool demonstrations classes; and cattle roundups at certain times of the year. Walk to Cane Creek which runs through the ranch. Good cell reception. Please respect the Ranch's Dog policy; Dogs must be on a leash at all times. Please read your campsite rules.
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Indian Lakes Resort

19 sites · RVs, Tents300 acres · Austin, Lonoke
Privately owned lake/campground. We offer tent camping with and without electric. We have a swimming area that includes slides, diving boards and swim platforms along with a roped off area for young children. Each camp site comes with a grill, a picnic table and a fire pit. Most campsites have their own dock as well. Note: The security gate to park closes at 8:00pm and opens again at 7:00am. Arrangements can be made for Hipcampers if they need to leave before 8:00am.
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Spring Holler Farm

6 sites · RVs, Tents70 acres · Calico Rock, Stone
Spring Holler Farm is a hiker's & explorer's paradise! We have hardwood forests, evergreen forests, and a rocky gorge area with steep cliffs and a waterfall for you to explore with rocky outcroppings everywhere! If you explore our complete 80 acres here, we are located very close to many other attractions, hiking trails, and some of the best trout fishing in the world! Learn more about this land: Park your camper or RV in the lower field or pitch your tent deep in the woods or right over the cliffs on our picturesque ravine with a waterfall. Feel free to explore all around the ravine area and check out the spring downstream and our many acres of forested beauty. We have areas of hardwood forest and areas of cedar and pine. Check out the area of glade rock forest on the southern portion of the property but remember, this is nature! Dangers abound including high cliffs, loose and large rocks not to mention various animals including skunks and snakes among others! Hike at your own risk! You won't find another camping area like this, 5 minutes to Calico Rock (Stores and restaurants) with so much to do and see in the area, hiking trails, Gunner Pool and Blanchard caverns, since we are surrounded by the Ozark National Forest! Not to mention, world-class trout fishing or kayaking just 5 minutes away in the famous White River! Only 25 minutes to Norfork Lake, too! More amenities are coming, like an outhouse, picnic tables and firewood provided at campsites among others. Possibly even some cabins in the future! You are free to explore the entire property (At your own risk) but I ask that you respect our privacy and avoid going close to our house and if we have any farm animals, please do not disturb them. Thank you.
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Looking to immerse yourself in the great outdoors near Heber Springs, Arkansas? With over 925 options to choose from on Hipcamp, you can find the perfect campsite for wildlife watching. Whether you're a seasoned nature enthusiast or just looking for a peaceful getaway, there's something for everyone. Check out top campsites like Pinnacle Springs Recreational Park (378 reviews), Red Fern (334 reviews), and Petit Jean Farm Orchard (137 reviews) for tried and true experiences. Enjoy popular amenities like campfires, pet-friendly areas, and toilets. Plus, indulge in activities such as boating, fishing, and swimming. With an average price per night of $35 and options as low as $5, camping in Heber Springs is affordable and accessible for all nature lovers.

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