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Pinnacle Springs Recreational Park

91 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents100 acres 路 Greenbrier, AR
The Eclipse is coming and we're nearly dead center in the PATH of TOTALITY! Over 4 minutes of darkeness! Unlike those other campgrounds where you'll get but a "partial eclipse" here on the Cadron you get the Eclipse in all its celestial glory. Reservations for the April 2024 Solar Eclipse are now available and it is going to be SPECIAL! Over four days of 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 -- but there will be limited availability -- and the best sites are being gobbled up! FYI: For up-to-date information regarding our celebration check out Cadron Creek Outfitters. Meanwhile, 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 in a riparian jungle. Camp in total solitude or camp with all your 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 even 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 Trail 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. We love everyone!! 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 always invited to return as a "friend of the Cadron" and receive 20% off on future reservations.
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Sunsets on the Arkansas River

2 sites 路 Tents13 acres 路 Fourche, AR
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.聽 Magical sunsets and more stars than you can count!聽 When it's a full moon, you can watch it coming up through the trees as you are sitting in front of the fire.聽 If you are really lucky, sometimes you can watch the searchlight from the river barges as they navigate the big bend in the river.聽 If you are a nature lover this place has it all.聽聽 We try to keep fire wood stocked at the sites, but sometimes it gets used up before we can restock.聽 If that is the case there is TONS of dead wood all around the site.聽 If it's on the ground it's fair game.聽 We only ask that you don't take down live trees.聽 You guys know the deal, we all love the trees so lets show them some love, cool?聽 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)聽 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).聽 The narrow entrance is just to the left, right before you start to head down the hill.聽 It's a bit of a tight squeeze for anything larger than a full-size pickup truck.聽 Secluded, with stupendous views of the river and Lollie Bottoms on the other side.聽 If you have a pair of binoculars you can watch the farmers working the fields and count all the cows over in the bottoms.聽 This site has an 8'x8' deck where you can pitch a tent or just set up some chairs and sit under the stars.聽 Site 2 (tinyurl.com/OverlookSite2)(34.951358, -92.569561) Is located near聽the bottom of the road but actually has two views of the river.聽 It is very secluded and a little more concealed, which can be good on hot days as there are more trees for coverage.聽 聽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.聽 The canopy protects you from the sun so your tent doesn't get too hot during the day.聽聽 NOTE: Site 2聽can only support tents and small popups. Both sites will allow for multiple vehicles to be parked, so no problem there.聽 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).聽 It's been a favorite lookout for years, and I promise it will not disappoint!聽聽 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).聽 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.聽 If you are really lucky you will get to see a train pass by, up close and personal.聽 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.聽 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.聽 Set up a picnic and just hang out and fish!聽 The Rock Island railway is down below next to the river and there are plenty of trails you can ride around on as well.聽 You aren't far from two National Forests so day trips from here are a breeze.聽聽 If you are into gardening or local farm-to-table cuisine you should check out Moss Mountain Farm.聽 Toadsuck Lock and Dam park are about 30 minutes away, and if you need a big Walmart there is one 10 minutes past that.聽 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!聽 Climb to the top and get the best views in all the area, 360 degrees views up there.聽 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.聽 Also, the Ouachita National Recreation Trail (tinyurl.com/OuachitaNRT)聽passes just 5 miles from our place, and it loops around the entire north side of Lake Maumelle.聽 There is a trailhead and parking near North Shore Landing. There is plenty of mountain biking in the area too.聽 Here's a link to some of the trails:聽聽mtbproject.com/directory/8007059/pinnacle-mountain-state-park-monument-trails There is something for everyone here!
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Fishers Pond at the Treehouse

8 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents10 acres 路 Landmark, AR
Fishers Pond at the Tree House was built as a tree house for my son. There is wildlife to view: cranes on the pond, squirrels, deer out the windows. I have seen as many as 6 at one time. Catfishing is great. We have pulled fish as big as 10 lbs. I have trails cut through the woods on my 10 acres for short nature walks
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Tranquility on the Arkansas River

3 sites 路 Lodging, RVs2 acres 路 Mayflower, AR
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 鈥 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 鈥 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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Historic Orphanage & Farm Stand

3 sites 路 RVs65 acres 路 North Little Rock, AR
St Joseph Center was designed by renowned architect, Charles Thompson and completed in 1910. This beautiful 56,000 sq ft. building sits on 63 acres of land that has been farmed for more than a century. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. St. Joseph's is also a designated Arkansas Dept. of Agriculture Century Farm (established in 1907). Over the years, St. Joseph's served as an orphanage, school, nursing home, day care, and retreat center run by the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica. In 2008, the Diocese of Little Rock announced that St. Joseph's was closing and that the property would be sold. This news prompted the creation of St. Joseph Center of Arkansas, an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to save and revitalize the property. Learn more about this land: Our 65 acre farm in the city of North Little Rock was started in 1908. The hill top property was a catholic orphanage. The 65,000 sqft orphanage building is the center of the property and tours are available for a small fee. We are locations just down the road from Camp Robinson, which has a large network of horse and bike trails. Burns Park is also down the road. The park has trails, golf, sports, and much more. It's the largest park in central arkansas.
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Indian Lakes Resort

60 sites 路 RVs, Tents300 acres 路 Austin, AR
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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Small lot .36 to park RV/camper

1 site 路 RV, Tent1 acre 路 Little Rock, AR
Small rural property with asphalt driveway, big open area, has empty trailer with exterior outlets and water spicket and WiFi you can use. Learn more about this land: Park your RV or camper on the asphalt, out of city limits, quiet country neighborhood with an open grassy area to sit out and watch the stars or grill. There is a mobile home on the lot that is booked on airbnb sometimes and outdoor lighting on the electric pole. Just relax and get away. Water, WiFi and electric available with extension cord/exterior outlet
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A quiet nights rest at H & G RV

4 sites 路 RVs, Tents20 acres 路 Hazen, AR
The property has been in our family for many years.聽 The location used to be in soybean and wheat fields but now is in hay.聽 We are located聽1.4 miles south of Interstate 40 (Exit 193) in Hazen, Arkansas with easy access.聽 We have had many great guest come and stay on our property and have been able to recharge for the next days journey.聽聽We have 13 RV hook ups and plenty of room to boondock and camp to get a safe and quiet nights sleep.聽 We would love to have you come and stay with us!!Learn more about this land:We are a quiet country/farm setting 1 mile south of Interstate 40 off of Exit 193 in Hazen, Arkansas. It鈥檚 not fancy but is safe and quiet with close proximity to Interstate 40 and Hwy 70. We are right beside Wattensaw Management Area for hunters.聽*Hookups are available for 30 amp and 50 amp RVs and Campers. Please add this as an聽extra (located at the bottom of the listing)聽for $15聽so we can get you setup with the best site available. Hookups are $20 + $15 for $35/night.聽We are in the heart of deer and duck hunting in the state of Arkansas. It鈥檚 a perfect spot to get a good nights sleep to get refreshed to hit the road the next day!
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An Enchanting Evening Cabin

1 site 路 Lodging25 acres 路 Roland, AR
Located only 20 minutes from West Little Rock, An Enchanting Evening is a luxury log cabin retreat where you can escape everyday life. Treat yourself to a relaxing evening in a private mountain top cabin featuring scenic views of Pinnacle Mountain and Lake Maumelle. Picture yourself taking a private dip for two in the hot tub on the back deck surrounded by natural beauty and the night sky. Or, take the time to relax in a hammock while listening to birds serenade you. There is nothing more romantic than gazing at the stacked rock fireplace while soaking in a hand hammered copper double slipper tub. Come enjoy the ultimate rustic luxury relaxation experience available in Arkansas and we guarantee that you will not want to leave!
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Donna I.鈥檚 Hammock hide away

3 sites 路 Lodging, RVs7 acres 路 Sheridan, AR
Years ago this area saw major civil war battles, the Oak trees at Jenkins Ferry are huge and have a story to tell. 聽Much of the land in the area had been logged heavily and even this land was clear cut. 聽It is now a thriving pine forest, the land owner is working to co exist with the animals and nature.聽聽
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Barefoot Gardens Homestead & Camp

4 sites 路 Tents13 acres 路 Vilonia, AR
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聽grow over 140+ varieties of various herbs, fruits, vegetables, trees and flowers! The聽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!聽(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聽will find many fun and interesting places to explore and enjoy!聽Here is a list of聽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聽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!聽 And聽NO... you cannot empty your black water tank here.聽 聽聽[4 day maximum stay, please!] - Firepits available next to campsite locations聽 - An outside shower聽located in the large garden聽 AKA 'The Flower Shower" (warm season only.)聽 - 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聽more in our main garden and yard as well! - Fresh picked greens, veggies, berries聽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聽informative and educational workshops! More info about these聽can be found聽in the 'EXTRAS' section of our HipCamp profile! Gardening, Plants & Permaculture Workshops Include:聽 1. "Herb Identification & Use" (= $5)聽 聽 聽2.聽"Permaculture Tricks, Tips & Techniques" (= $5)聽 聽 聽3.聽"Composting Like a Boss" (= $5)聽 聽 聽4.聽"Foraging For Food in Arkansas" (= $5)聽 聽 聽[Availability and diversity depends on season.]聽聽 Homesteading Workshops Include:聽 聽 5. "How to Clean & Process Chickens" (= $20)聽 聽 聽6.聽"Soap Making" (= $10)聽 聽 聽聽[Text and ask about availability of both these workshops beforehand, please!] Crystals & Jewelry Making Workshops Include:聽 聽 7. "Arkansas Quartz Crystal/Mineral Mining" (= $30)聽 聽[**Hosted OFF SITE!**]聽 聽 聽8.聽"Shaping/Cutting Rocks & Crystals" (= $15)聽 聽聽聽9.聽"How to WireWrap Crystals & Stones" (= $12)聽 聽 聽10. "Creating Hammered Copper Jewelry" (= $10) We also have various Farm Fresh Produce and Freerange Chicken聽Eggs available! (Ask us what produce we have in our garden during your stay!)聽And we have various types of聽Hand Collected Crystals and Minerals,聽Handmade Jewelry, Anti-Poison Ivy Soaps/Salves聽available (and more)聽in our "GOODS" section of our HipCamp profile! 聽 ** Although we don't have a聽swimhole on site... there is a Beautiful 'Secret Swimhole' only a short drive away!
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Spa City HipCamp Now

5 sites 路 RVs5 acres 路 Hot Springs National Park, AR
Welcome to Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas! Are you looking for a convenient space to rest your RV, motor home or tent for a night or two? You鈥檝e come to the right place 馃槉. Let my space be your space! Welcome to my beautiful oasis with 5 acre blessed with trees, pond and creek. Conveniently located just right outside city limits. Close to everything yet secluded enough to have privacy , peace and quite. It has green grass most of the year with lots of lightning bugs at night, abundant wildlife: deers, bunnies, possums, raccoons and squirrels 馃榿. Very well spaced out mature trees that provides shade and fresh air. Well house for water supply in property as well but no hookups of any kind in place at the moment. Also has concrete custom made swimming hole that freshly feeds off the pond and streams but may be dry right now due to extreme heat and no rain in forecast. My space is suited best for well prepared campers as I don鈥檛 offer any amenities on site at this time.聽Land is close to everything Hot Springs, Arkansas has to offer. 1.3 miles away from Magic Springs 2.5 miles from Gulpha Gorge 4.9 miles from Oaklawn Racing & Gaming 6.1 miles from Hot Springs mall 3.6 miles from historic downtown Hot Springs and Arlington Hotel.聽
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David D. Terry Lock and Dam (aka Pool 6) has five recreational areas with some outstanding opportunities to fish in old river cutoffs and tailwaters of the dam. The recreational area is split by the city of Little Rock, with parks on the eastern and western limits of the city. The Arkansas River floodwaters attract and offer some of the best duck hunts anywhere. Contact the park for more information on the cultural and historic tours offered in the area.

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