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Bentonville Bike Camp

14 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents10 acres · Bentonville, AR
Welcome to Bentonville Bike Camp; Where Bikers 🚴‍♂️ Come to Relax. Learn more about this land: Just two miles from the highway and on a very peaceful piece of land. Great for gravel mountain bikers because we are on the gravel road and you can connect to the riding trails from here. We have a total of 10 acres of grass available to choose from; two sites with a 110 hook up. We have fresh well water to fill your tanks and a dump station. There's a bike stand to wash your bikes, community fire pit* to get to know others, clean and well-maintained port a potty, and now with a heated outdoor shower! The creek runs in the spring or after a good rain. Good dogs are always welcome. We are avid mountain bikers and travelers and we live on the property. Don't want to hassle with a tent? We've got a great A-frame... check it out! We've been hosting since May '22 and it has been a blast! We pride ourselves on offering our guest plenty of space and a peaceful, country setting. Biking distant to nearby trails - 2 miles to Slaughter Pen or Handcut Hallow. Less than 1 mile to the Snowbird trailhead, part of the Back 40. *Firepits are also at sites 1-4, as well as one in the meadow for dispersed camping.
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Camp Bentonville

9 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents2 acres · Bentonville, AR
This is a Homestead camp like most others in the surrounding area. Welcome to our charming RV and tent site nestled in the heart of Bentonville's blossoming art and outdoor scene! If you're seeking a tranquil escape with a touch of cultural flair, you've found your perfect getaway. Campfires crackle and laughter echoes in the air – you're free to embrace the magic of a flickering firelight under the starlit skies. Our site comes complete with a convenient portable toilet for your comfort and privacy. Bring along your furry friends because pets are more than welcome to join in on the adventure! You'll find potable water available to keep everyone hydrated and happy, and a rustic picnic table where stories and meals can be shared. Stay connected to the digital world while you disconnect from the routine. Enjoy the best of both worlds with reliable WiFi and excellent cell reception, ensuring you can share your unforgettable moments with friends and family. Got wheels? No problem! Our pull-in site accommodates vehicles under 24 feet, making it easy for you to settle in and start making memories. And speaking of memories, you're in for a treat with a plethora of exciting events just around the corner. Immerse yourself in the rhythm of live music, explore the stunning art at the Crystal Bridges American Art Museum, and experience the innovative brilliance at the Momentary. Bentonville isn't just a destination; it's a cultural phenomenon. Rejuvenate your senses as you explore a dozen golf courses and embark on bike excursions that cater to every style. The city's vibrant atmosphere and natural beauty make it a Southern hub for arts and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
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Illinois River Paradise | 60 Acres

1 site · Tent60 acres · Wheeler, AR
Winding river bottoms, gravel bars, overlooks, waterfalls, & 200+ year old oaks! Walk on the same untouched trails Native Americans took followed later by Civil War soldiers. We've been working hard to create the trails, views, and unique experiences for you to enjoy God's Creation only 10 minutes from a Walmart! Tired of camping next to people? With 60 acres for your enjoyment and gated entrance, you won’t see anyone else during your whole stay! 15 min from I-49 with Walmarts and gas stations even nearer keeps you close to town. You can choose from multiple campsites, but we will not book anyone else during your stay. Camp right next to the Illinois River under giant oaks, ash trees, and sycamores with a waterfall behind you and the river in front. Or move up the hill and enjoy the 10 mile view (when leaves are dropped) while watching the sunset. Seriously, it’s the best view west of Fayetteville. The deep shade of the campsite with the breeze coming over river keeps the space surprisingly cool even in extreme heat. Feeling fun? Camp in the old dirt mine with 10’ walls around you shaded by a massive pine growing in the center and oaks around the perimeter. Hiking trails have been cut for you to enjoy the property. Make sure to check out “Mini Hawksbill Crag”- a rocky outcropping hanging off the cliff side. Another fun trail leads you up a creek bed with multiple small waterfalls. A couple canoes and kayaks are available to float the river if you desire as an add on. You can go upstream easily in normal water flow! If you’re looking for fun family time with your kids, I will do whatever I can to help you during your stay to make lasting memories. We’re big believers in families enjoying the outdoors together! A truck can be driven to riverside campsite when dry or there is a 100 yard walk from a small parking area. More vehicles can be parked on top of hill which is 5 minute walk. There is a picnic table and fire pit at the riverside campsite. Bald Eagles are seen most days in the winter. Birders will also appreciate the feeder in the campsite. Fishing poles are available as an add on. You can bring your own too! Catch small mouth, large mouth, bream, crappie, catfish, gar, and carp/buffalo, but you’re competing with the neighborhood beaver so be on the lookout for him! Please release small mouth besides a legal keeper is 14" (6-7 year old fish!) and limit of 2. Rear wheeled drive vehicles should park at the parking area by old stable Absolutely no hunting wildlife or foraging mushrooms without prior approval.
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Red Fern

8 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents7 acres · St Paul, AR
One of Arkansas' greatest treasures. Less than a minute from the Kings River Falls Trail-head, and nestled alongside the headwaters of the Kings River in Venus Arkansas. This is a remote and rugged campground with caves, bluffs, swimming holes and river a plenty. This campground has a grand exhibition of the same sandstone formation that is responsible for the Whitaker Point (Hawksbill Crag) formation. Clovis like points have been found here, and so one might assume the bluffs and crags here have been inhabited for millennia. This 7 acre property is completely surrounded by Arkansas Natural Heritage-Natural Area. There are miles of trails and cooling waters at every turn. If you like Kings River Falls, get ready to fall in love with this Red Fern Campground. So pack your curiosity, lace up your hiking boots, and let the whispering leaves guide you. Kings River Falls awaits, ready to share its secrets with those who listen. Where time slows down and the modern world fades away. Every turn reveals a new wonder; a hidden waterfall an unnoticed cave or bluff or a moss-covered boulder. It’s not just a place; it’s an experience an invitation to step beyond the ordinary and into a world where magic still thrives and fairy tales come alive. Here, the forest whispers secrets, and the river sings a timeless song. Most of our campsites are just yards away from a public swimming area, which is shared between our property and the Arkansas Natural Area. You should expect local traffic at the main swimming area during your stay. We have a private swimming area on our property which is just a short hike from the developed campsites (Please ask the camphost for directions). There are miles of county maintained bumpy dirt roads leading to the site. Expect your vehicle to get dusty. There is a creek crossing that is required to reach the campsites. We recommend high clearance and/or 4WD or AWD vehicles. If you are unable to cross the creek, you will need to park in the parking area and walk across the creek to reach your site.
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Fitzgerald Mountain RV Camp

2 sites · RVs6 acres · Springdale, AR
This land is a six acre slice of property that includes a meadow, wooded areas, a small pine forest, native stones galore, a steep mountain side, giant boulders, a wet weather stream and pond, and 2 old tin barns. From West to East, the property starts flat but then begins to slope upward as it runs from the base of Fitzgerald Mountain Eastward nearly to the top of the mountain. The former homestead was removed within the past 20 years, creating a fantastic spot for the campground. It is located a short distance from Fitzgerald Station, which was a well known stop on Military road (later known as Butterfield stage line) in the 1830’s. The camp is only 2 miles from historic downtown Springdale, which is an area undergoing exciting revitalization. A concrete trail is planned that will connect the camp area to downtown making biking to restaurants and pubs much easier in the near future. The Razorback Greenway runs through downtown, and provides a biking connection to all of Northwest Arknsas.Learn more about this land:Fitzgerald Mountain Van and RV Camp offers 2 RV spots (26' max) with ride in / ride out access to Fitzgerald Mountain's world class trails.  The mountain is home to OZ trails mountain biking and hiking for all levels. (look up OZ trails  - Fitzgerald Mountain)The 2 van camper/RV spots sit at the base of a shade tree and the entry to the “Goat Trail.”  This trail (named for the adjacent goat farm) will lead campers to the campfire area, "Fitzmo Barn", and Butterfield trail.  Fitzmo barn has a map where you can leave your mark by putting a pin in your hometown and signing the wall.  Leave your brand's sticker on the wall so other bikers and hikers can find their way to your hometown spots. The barn has chairs for the fire pit area, and can also provide some shelter if it rains.Butterfield trail crosses the camp area adjacent to Fitzmo Barn.   Head North on Butterfield to connect with blue and black trails including the “best trail ever” and fantastic views from the mountain top.  Head South to connect with trails for all skill levels including a strider course for the kids at Bayyari Park.  Bayyari Park is only 1/3 mile away and has public restrooms that I'm told "remain open until 10:00 PM year round unless there is extreme cold."The only neighbors of the camp have a small farm to the North, and their goats and peacock occasionally visit the camp’s Western field.  Other than these neighbors, the area feels secluded, especially at the fire pit and barn area. Fitzgerald is a historical area.  Fitzgerald station is nearby, and served as a stop on the Butterfield overland stagecoach mail route that was used in the 1800s. Downtown Springdale is 2 miles away, and the pubs and restaurants cater to bikers.  A paved trail is planned for the near future that will provide bike access to downtown.*Note* Backing up to a turn around area will be required for exit from the RV spots.
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Lucky Island Landing

1 site · RV, Tent3 acres · Fayetteville, AR
LUCKYISLAND'S suburban location provides a great landing place for the weary traveler.  Situated on 3 acres within Fayetteville city limits with good proximity to many outdoor and cultural activities. Private heated bathroon with limited and semi hot water on demand( European style) and kitchen station in outbuilding. 110 electrical. Covered porch with fire ring available when safe for fires. Wood may be ordered in Hipcamp Extras when you make your reservation. CAMPSITES: There are several spots to choose from but only one camper group allowed at a time. So the bathroom and porch will be private. One site is at the top of the driveway and is right next to bathroom and 110 electrical. It faces the road and is where campers would park if they pull in after dark. Other sites are on grass and are at back of property but further from BR and electricity. These sites are not officially listed as suitability is weather and vehicle dependent. Use to be decided as campers arrive. BATHROOM : Campers have access to a bathroom with a flush toilet.   Bathroom is heated and has toilet and sink and ability to take very BRIEF and warm to hot shower sitting down. Rather European, yes, but works with the limitations of warm/ hot water on demand and set-up  Towels and toiletries provided. Kitchen station: Inside, adjacent to bathroom,  is a kitchen station with electric kettle, coffee maker and microwave.  Coffee and tea provided. COVERED PORCH: There is a coleman stove provided. Water is available in the bathroom. The covered porch sits in the middle of the property. A fire ring can be used on the porch with owners instructions, our wood ( for a small fee ordered in EXTRAS when you make your reservation ) and permission only. The porch is at west end of an out building and the bathroom is at the other end. In between is a sun room and bedroom which is not for campers. MILEAGE TO HIKING AND MIKING AND BENTONVILLE MUSEUMS: Lucky Island is 2.1 driving miles and 3.6 biking miles to Centennial Park at Milsap Mountain, a new cyclo cross and mountain bike park. Kessler Mountain Park which has hiking and biking trails is 6.7 biking miles and 6 driving miles. Lake Wedington which also has biking and hiking trails is 17 driving miles( dont recommend biking to Wedington from here and biking to other parks involves some traffic). Bentonville is about 30 driving miles. HOSTS: Hosts live on the property in the original farmhouse and if not home will be close by. Hosts will be out on the property, tending the 5 chickens( no rooster!) and garden during the day. This means we might walk by the porch or your camp area. Efforts to ensure privacy will be made. Barring any emergencies we won't be outside before 8 a.m. This is our third season of hosting (2024) We look forward to sharing Lucky Island with other campers. We traveled for 7 years with a Little Guy trailer and often wished for just what we are offering. OTHER: Since this is suburban camping, stars can be seen but it is not totally dark due to the development that has occured around us.  I have lived here 35 years when this WAS country. NOW, Lucky Island still has a country feel except for the busy road sounds and the neighbors' ambient lights. There is less privacy during winter when the leaves are off. We sit on a remmant oak savanah that fronts a busy road which also incorporates Fayetteville's amazing bike trail ( the trail is still under construction).  This is a urban hobby farm with chickens (no rooster!) and garden, deciduous trees and pines. COVID: We are covid conscious and vaccinated. While we say meet and greet we can also arrange for contactless check-in if we communicate first by phone. Bathroom, coffee/ microwave station,  and porch will be sanitized.
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Bullwick Farms

5 sites · Tents50 acres · West Fork, AR
Bullwick Farms is a 65 acre farm located only 4 miles off I49 at the West Fork exit. Nestled perfectly between the hustle and bustle of the college town (only 15min to Fayetteville) and the quiet serinity of Devils Den State Park (only 15 miles further on 170) our farm has a magnificent hilltop view well worth the hike it takes to get there! Keep in mind this is a working farm so cows, horses, pigs and goats are all on property and are free range animals.
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Sunset Mountain

15 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents40 acres · Noel, MO
Sunset Mountain is an exclusive adults only nudist campground located on my working cattle farm. Although we cater to adults only this is not a swingers club or sexual campground and we follow TNSF and AANR guidelines for social nude recreation. If you are not familiar with TNSF or AANR you can do a quick internet search and see some basic guidelines for social nude recreation. Sunset Mountain is a nice quiet place to relax and work on your tan. We have RV sites, tent camping areas a bus and camper available. The campground has a bathroom facility with indoor shower and outdoor showers. We have a hot tub guests can use along with hiking trails and a propane grill. Sunset Mountain is near the Elk River in Noel Missouri and close to Northwest Arkansas where there are mountain biking trails, museums and many other activities. Sunset Mountain is listed on the Monarch Butterfly Waystation registry as well. Come stay on the buff bluff! We are located 1.2 miles away from the Noel city park that has free Elk River access, 4 miles to Mt. Shira free Elk River access near Shady Beach and 5.2 miles to the free Elk River access in Pineville, MO near Shady Beach Pineville.
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Fresh Life at Rocky Branch

1 site · RV, TentRogers, AR
This land was purchased in the early 70's as a future family home site. It was never developed. It has been used by family and friends for various holidays and just camp outs. Now you can enjoy it as well. Learn more about this land: Primitive camping on Beaver Lake across from Rocky Branch Marina, Surrounded on three sides by this gorgeous lake. Light rolling hills with mature trees landscape this private lake front hideaway . There are a few residential executive homes nearby. This camp is hosted by Beaver Lake Outdoor Center. Kayak, jet ski rental available upon request. Close to Hobbs State Park Conservation Area, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art(from Rockwell to Warhol and everything in between); War Eagle Mill and Caverns, Museum of Native American History, The Walmart Museum, Eureka Springs, just a short 40min. drive to Bentonville airport (XNA). Please remember if you "pack it in then pack it out", and absolutely no glass.
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Pea Ridge Bike Camp

14 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Pea Ridge, AR
The Pea Ridge Bike Camp has primitive campsites available for visitors to Northwest Arkansas and can accommodate tent campers, camper vans, small and large campers and RVs . Questions? Feel free to message us. If you plan to use a generator you will need to book a dispersed campsite. We can add additional dispersed camping sites if we need to during special events being held in the area. Please message us if it appears that all of our campsites are booked out already. We have 10 acres with open, level areas of grassland, as well as some shaded, wooded areas. Here, you will find large camping areas where you can spread out and relax in a more private setting. We are located on a gravel road in the country, yet only 1/8 mile to state highway 72. We are able to accommodate tents, camper vans, small and large campers and RVs. Contact us for specific information. Pea Ridge Bike Camp is located close to Bentonville and only 5 miles from Exit 88 and I-49. Restaurants, food trucks, groceries, banking and laundry facilities are only 2 miles away in Pea Ridge. This is a place where you can be very close to everything Northwest Arkansas has to offer and while still being in the country. A peaceful place that you can return to after exploring many of the popular bicycling and hiking trails in the area, visiting Crystal Bridges or other local museums, or attending one of the many events, such as Bike, Blues, and Barbecue, the annual craft fairs, or performances at the Walmart Amp or the Momentary. We are also close to Eureka Springs and Beaver Lake. We welcome you to stay at the Pea Ridge Bike Camp. We offer primative campsites in several areas on our property for tent camping and small to mid-size RVs with plenty of space to relax. We will allow low-noise generators to be used, but may require you to book into a dispersed campsite in order to do so. **Please let us know If you are planning to use a generator. We will try to accommodate those wishing to use them and those that do not want to be around them. We are currently providing firewood for each firepit and there are large cable spool tables available for each campsite. We have ADA porta-potties and several outdoor faucets on the property. You can wash your bike on-site and there is a air pump, compressed air and bicycle tools available as well. We have also added a large communal firepit area with 2 regular picnic tables. We are looking to add outdoor sinks for handwashing and an electrical area for cell phone charging.
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Varnadoe Ranch

3 sites · RVs, Tents20 acres · Springtown, AR
Unique setting at over 1100 ft overlooking the Ozark National Forest and the Logan Cave Wildlife Refuge with an amazing view of the Twin Mountains. Set on 20 acres surrounded by farmland and forest you find lots of room to roam, as well as farm animals including donkeys, cows, and soon to be horses. There is also an amazing saltwater pool available during warm months.
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Tin Top Village

3 sites · Lodging3 acres · Fayetteville, AR
3 private cabins in the country, isolated yet accessible, park-like setting with glamp-camp accommodations! Great ride for bicyclist or motorcycles. Less than 10 miles to University of Arkansas Campus. Near Lake Sequoyah Park, Stonebridge Meadows Golf Course. Base camp to events and venues across Northwest Arkansas. Be close to happenings in Fayetteville, yet have a country get-away feel. Hike the property, enjoy campfire gatherings, relax with all the conveniences of home.
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Two distinct forests rolled into one package! That means twice the amount of outdoorsy goodness to explore. The Ozark National Forest covers most of the Ozark Mountains, including the highest peak in the state. It’s awesome here when the dogwood and redbuds bloom in the spring, and when the leaves change color in the fall. The St. Francis National Forest is more diverse, with the St. Francis and Mississippi Rivers running through it, as well as lakes, valleys, and tons of wildlife. It’s the only place in the national forest system where you can access the Mississippi River from the shore, so that right there is a must do! The whole expanse of land is filled with multi-use trails, hundreds of campsites, spots for swimming, fishing, and boating, and even some amazing caves to explore. Mother Nature crushing it as usual.

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