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Total Eclipse on the Farm

150 sites 路 RVs, Tents40 acres 路 Grannis, AR
40 acres of open pastureland located at center of totality, a full four minutes and eighteen seconds of total eclipse, located at the foothills of the beautiful Ouachita Mountains, perfect for tent camping. A peaceful, clear view of the mountain range, rolling hills, ponds and a forest on the north fence line. The entire property is fenced & gated with a gravel road leading into the property, circle drive with a few mature pine trees located in one spot, the remainder of the property is wide open for sky viewing. This property is located less than ten minutes from Gillham Lake, forty minutes from Mena, Arkansas, famous for the Ouachita National Forest, Queen Wilhelmina State Park, hiking trails, local culture is rich in tradition with world famous antique shops, local dining experiences such as specialty cuisine & coffee, complete with craft beer at the Ouachitas, downtown Mena. The UTV trails at Wolfpen Gap are second to none for outdoor recreation. Bike trails coming soon. Only one hour from Hochatown, Oklahoma, a national vacation hotspot. Hochatown is famous for Broken Bow Lake Activities, Zip Line Adventures, Safari Parks, Shopping, Food, Night life, Maze, Escape Adventures, Kayak Mt. Fork River or travel to nearby Broken Bow to the Choctaw Casino & Choctaw Landing Casino will be open in Hochatown soon. Southwest Arkansas is peaceful but offers many adventures suitable for the entire family.
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Bluegill Hill

3 sites 路 RVs, Tents6 acres 路 Kirby, AR
Located at the southern foothills of the Ouachita Mountains and the northwestern edge of Lake Greeson, this 6 acre plot of land is part of a gentle hillside that descends into the lake.聽 Enjoy two trails to Lake Greeson and easily access nearby boat launches, public beaches, parks, and much more!聽 Come make yourself at home on Bluegill Hill and enjoy the small lake village lifestyle!
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Booked 9 times


27 sites 路 RVs, Tents60 acres 路 Mount Ida, AR
All camp sites are 40ft x60ft. Camping is on and around a private 8 acer lake located in Mount Ida Arkansas the crystal capital of the world. Mount Ida has dozens of crystal mines where you can buy or dig your own. Real Earth Creations is at the gate to left. The largest lake in the state only 2 miles away great for any type of water sport, with 2 rivers feeding the beautiful Lake Ouachita great for paddling with dozens of fish species. Beautiful overlooks, hiking and bike trails nearby. The camp is 25 miles from Hot Springs National Park with many museums, natural hot springs bath houses and shopping. Hot Springs is home to the world-famous Oak Lawn Park Horse Racing and Casino. One camper per site There are no Vicious Breed Dogs Allowed !!! We have Privative campiness for the SOLAR ECLIPSE 4/5/2024- message in Hipcamp for more information
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Four Bears Grove

10 sites 路 RVs, Tents28 acres 路 Cove, AR
Discover the convenience and coziness of Four Bears, nestled on 28 acres predominantly covered with trees. Situated along a main highway on the front side and bordered by a dirt county road at the back, the property provides easy access to various destinations. Rivers, lakes, hiking trails, ATV trails, and state parks are mere minutes away, offering a myriad of outdoor activities in almost every direction. Additionally, enjoy fishing in the onsite pond, adding to the allure of this versatile and nature-rich location.
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Booked 5 times

Sacred Pines

11 sites 路 Lodging, Tents75 acres 路 Boles, AR
Surrounded by thousands of acres of National Forest, enjoy secluded time in nature! Stay in our off-grid treehouses, peaceful campsites, cozy tiny homes, and handcrafted cabins, allowing you to connect with others in the wild. We are located near many hiking trails, kayaking spots, swimming holes, atv and bike trails and so muchg more!
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Booked 2 times

Path of Totality Solar Eclipse Camp

298 sites 路 Tents20 acres 路 Daisy, AR
Field camping in Arkansas for the 2024 Solar Eclipse! We are a 20 acre family farm located in southwest Arkansas that鈥檚 in the path of totality of the 2024 Great American Solar Eclipse. We will experience 4 minutes and 16 seconds of total darkness. Reserve your spot to peacefully experience the eclipse in a rural setting without the chaos and noise of a metropolitan location. We are only .7 miles down a partial gravel road that is just off the main thoroughfare of Highway 70 which is your link to larger towns, festivals, tourist sites, gambling, lakes, mountains, hiking, you name it! We also have excellent cell service! We will have washing stations AND port a potties. Also, hot showers are just six miles away at the campgrounds on the lake! We will have our large shop rigged out as a vending station. Plus, it will be equipped with plenty of tables and chairs so it can serve as a gathering area throughout the day! The farm will be open from April 6 to April 9. Check in or out at anytime during those dates. Book your reservation on our website and visit our Facebook page where we will post news and updates. Feel free to call Sid at any time with questions. His number is 870-584-6002. Pets welcome
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M.E. Ranch

6 sites 路 Tents62 acres 路 Lockesburg, AR
Welcome to your perfect getaway near the pristine waters of Millwood Lake, renowned for its excellent crappie fishing! Nestled amidst picturesque countryside, this charming retreat offers a serene escape surrounded by abundant wildlife, from wild turkeys to graceful deer. Conveniently located just minutes from Millwood Lake, anglers will delight in the opportunity to reel in their catch of the day while surrounded by the tranquil beauty of nature. After a day of fishing or exploring the great outdoors, unwind at the quaint local country store, where you can enjoy homemade meals, refreshing beverages, and friendly games of pool. With Texarkana just 34 miles away and downtown Lockesburg, Nashville, and Ashdown each within 15 miles, you'll have easy access to shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Plus, the property owner, who resides full-time in a yurt on-site, is available to provide additional amenities such as meals and drinks for a truly hassle-free experience. Whether you're seeking a peaceful fishing retreat or an adventure-filled countryside getaway, this charming property offers the perfect blend of relaxation and recreation. Come and experience the natural beauty and warm hospitality of this hidden gem near Millwood Lake!
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Booked 10 times

Diamond Glamping

13 sites 路 Lodging, Tents5 acres 路 Anaconda Deer Lodge County, AR
Welcome to Diamond Glamping, Murfreesboro, Arkansas's premier luxury outdoor retreat, nestled in the scenic beauty of nature and just a stone's throw away from the world-renowned Crater of Diamonds State Park. Here, we offer a unique blend of adventure and tranquility, making it the perfect getaway for those seeking both excitement and relaxation.
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Crystal Camp

4 sites 路 RVs, Tents2 acres 路 Mount Ida, AR
The Crystal Camp Campground is a rock hounding paradise and is less than two minutes from the Crystal Vista, Wegner and Avatar Crystal mines. This area of Arkansas produces some of the finest quartz crystals on earth and your chances of finding real treasure at any of the nearby mines is pretty much guaranteed. If your kids like to play in the dirt and hunt for treasure they will fill their pockets with real gems at any of the nearby mines. Please Note: This is a beautiful property and ready for your trip but guests should expect a work in progress as well. The property is newly cleared, we installed new picnic tables and have a weekly maintained porta potty on site. But that's the extent of the amenities right now. This property was basically a 2 acre blackberry patch. About half has been cleared and 4 campsites created but the rest is still in progress. Work will not be performed during your stay. You may see tools and signs of recent work etc.. Located on a paved section of Owley Road in Mount Ida Arkansas. This is a large 2 acre property with four cleared sites that offer plenty of room for any size tent(s). Generators are welcome and pets are too. The property is bordered by old growth national forest and an ice cold spring fed stream is located in the national forest behind the property. Like all wooded areas in Arkansas ticks should be expected while hiking and camping at the Crystal Camp Campground. Please bring tick defense for yourself and pets.
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Ouachita River Haven

22 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents14 acres 路 Pencil Bluff, AR
Welcome to Ouachita River Haven! Nestled between Ouachita National Forest property and the Ouachita River, our Haven is a peaceful little slice of nature for you to take a break, catch your breath, and enjoy the outdoors! Property has 1000 ft of river access, with canoe & kayak docks, swimming hole, volleyball and tetherball, horseshoes, swings. We offer hiking, mountain biking, and river shuttles as well as canoe/kayak/tube rentals and shuttles. Such trips should be reserved in advance by messaging us or visiting our website. Our office sells firewood for $5/bundle. We also have a small array of custom woodwork items from our woodshop, freeze dried snacks and hiking restocks, food from local vendors, and souvenirs! All primitive sites have a picnic table, fire ring, and campfire grill grate. Electric sites are 30 amp, if using for tent camping you will need a 3-prong converter (we can rent one to you for $5 if you do not have your own). RV/Camper MAXIMUM length is 28 feet. Tipi rental is a camping experience only; it does not have electricity, a/c or heat. There are solar lights inside. We do have a Queen Sized outdoor bed and bedding available to add to rental for $10/night. Bunkhouse is a camping experience - bring your own bedding. A/C, heat, electricity, TV & DVDs, Microwave, and Mini fridge are inside. Guests use campground restrooms Campground restrooms and showers are a short walk from campgrounds. We are pet-friendly. Dogs must be leashed at all times that they are not in a tent or camper and friendly with other dogs and people. There is a working dog on the property-he is friendly with all people and dogs.
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Thunder Mountain Private River Camp

2 sites 路 RVs, Tents81 acres 路 Glenwood, AR
80+ acres all to yourself!! This beautiful and very secluded property, with river, kayaks, trails, and creeks is offered to only one group at a time to ensure peace, quiet, and seclusion. No other guests will overlap your stay. You will enjoy the peaceful solitude in nature completely alone! It's a great location for romantic getaways, silent personal retreats, yoga, or just spending quiet one-on-one time with your spouse or significant other. Campers on Thunder Mountain enjoy the entire property, including the unique outdoor bathhouse with outdoor tub and shower, amazing multi-level decks, kayaks, grill, trails, hammocks, and tubes - without the cost of the cabin. The cabin will be vacant during camping stays, but you can still enjoy the WiFi and other amenities outside. ($30-90/night camping; $190-280/night cabin - listed separately) Last minute bookings may have discounted rates. Camping bookings are sometimes available even if the calendar does not show due to cabin cleaning days. We'll try to move our cleaning days around to help you out if possible.
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Glampin' In Style - Broken Bow

5 sites 路 Lodging2 acres 路 Broken Bow, OK
The Beaver's Bend State Park is within minutes, as it the Broken Bow Lake. We have owned our property for 12 years, and decided to buy in Hochatown because we had been camping in this area for over 28 years. This area brings us joy, love, peace, tranquility, and seclusion. We love the nature, the water, animals, and sunshine. We even love the rain! Beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Our little piece of Heaven on Earth. We are also close to all of the Hochatown events, eateries, wineries, & breweries. You can go golfing, swimming, get lost in a "secret room" or get a massage, within a 5 minute drive of our location. Grab your pillow, towels, swimsuits, toiletries and come on to Broken Bow Lake (2 miles) or Beaver's Bend State Park (5 miles) and enjoy the great outdoors, in style!
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The best camping near Gillham Lake guide



Called the 鈥渂right spot on the Cossatot鈥, Gillham Lake is a gorgeous gateway to outdoor fun! Chill fireside at modern campgrounds along the shoreline. Those staying overnight will snag the best fish, beach spots, and the first waves in the morning. Or hop in the Cossatot River for a cool down. A fly fisherman鈥檚 paradise, there鈥檚 also ample whitewater for river rats and calmer rides for those wanting to tube or canoe...just don鈥檛 forget the brews! Autumn is a great time to hike amongst the brilliant colors or try a lakeside picnic shelter for a day of grillin鈥 and chillin鈥 with your friends. Gillham certainly is a bright spot, so come soak it all in, that shiny smile will be hard to wipe off.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early to secure your spot at this popular outdoor destination.
  • Check for cancellations regularly as plans change and spots may open up.
  • Consider visiting during the weekdays for better availability.
  • Explore nearby camping options for additional choices if Gillham Lake is fully booked.

When to go

The best time to visit Gillham Lake is during the spring and fall when the weather is mild and the natural beauty is at its peak. Summer brings more visitors and warmer temperatures, ideal for water activities. Winters can be quiet and chilly, less suitable for camping.

Know before you go

  • Always check the weather forecast and prepare for changing conditions.
  • Be aware of any park closures or special advisories before your visit.
  • Accessibility varies across the park, so plan according to your needs.
  • Remember to pack essentials, as amenities may be limited in certain areas.
  • Practice water safety and be mindful of lake levels and conditions.

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