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Wildcat Hollow Campground

101 sites 路 RVs, Tents440 acres 路 Dardanelle, AR
A private, secluded hollow with great Dark Skies for Astronomy. No night watchers/lights on property. 440 acres of land with primitive campsites. Great property for viewing the 2024 eclipse. 4 minutes and 0 seconds of totality for this location. https://eclipse2024.org/eclipse-cities/city/5652.html No facilities except water. There is a water connection that is available for you to fill water containers to carry back to your campsites. No dumping facilities. Extensive mountain biking trails on property. It is within 15 minutes of the trailhead for the Mount Nebo Monument Trails mountain biking trail. We are located within 6 miles of Lake Dardanelle State Park. It is well known for its Largemouth Bass and Crappie fishing. Paved boat ramp available at the state park. Well behaved pets are welcome. There are three fishing ponds with native fish species. Smooth, well drained campsites. Great access for RV鈥檚, travel trailers and tent camping
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$250
/ night
Booked 3 times

Adventure RV on Lake Atkins

165 sites 路 RVs, Tents15 acres 路 Atkins, AR
Welcome to Adventure RV Park, nestled by the scenic Lake Atkins in Arkansas! Our park spans a serene landscape, offering direct access to world-class fishing in the 752-acre Lake Atkins. Anglers can expect abundant catches of largemouth bass, crappie, and catfish, with bass reaching up to 6 pounds. Surrounded by natural beauty, our RV park is not just a stay but an experience. Enjoy the peaceful environment, relax by our own pond, or explore nearby trails for hiking and picnicking. Just a short drive from modern conveniences, Adventure RV Park combines the tranquility of nature with the comforts of accessibility. Whether you're here for the fishing legend of Lake Atkins or to unwind in the great outdoors, our park is your gateway to a memorable adventure. Join us and discover why Adventure RV is more than a park; it's a destination for nature lovers and fishing enthusiasts alike!
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$40
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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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$20
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Red Fern

8 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents7 acres 路 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. Lose yourself in a fairy-tale land. With endless places to explore and amazing natural features at every turn this experience will not disappoint. 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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$30
/ night
Booked 1 time

Melson Farms

10 sites 路 RVs, Tents100 acres 路 Lamar, AR
Nestled at the base of Woods Mountain, in the beautiful Ozark Mountains, Melson Farms awaits your arrival. The property is 'creek-side' to Little Piney Creek and offers endless swimming and fishing opportunities. Our operational farm is loaded with outdoor activities and a stones-throw from the Ozark National Forest, Ozark Highlands Trail, and Buffalo National River.
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$40
/ night
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(340)

Valley of peace campground

38 sites 路 RVs, Tents40 acres 路 Pindall, AR
Learn more about this land: Spring fed stream, small waterfall, can swim in creek or sit and listen to rippling water. Explore national forest or float buffalo river 7 mi away ,climb Sam's throne 13 mi away Enjoy a fishing trip to lake with guide to hot spots where fish are biting [ 4 days notice] fish from boat ever thing provided message for more info. work in process to improve off the beaten path. occasional bald eagle sightings, deer, and other wildlife. These are large camp spots 1&2 are neighbors 3&4 5&6 { Located 7 mi. east of Mount Judea Ar. } For 360 videos of each campsite checkout: https://valleyofpeace.jmrmsite.com/ The site will redirect you back to HIPCAMP for booking
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$25
/ night
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Petit Jean Farm Orchard

2 sites 路 RVs, Tents9 acres 路 Morrilton, AR
Learn more about this land:Pitch your tent or park your small trailer or RV in a picturesque orchard on the edge of Petit Jean Mountain. You'll have a backdrop of woods and grazing sheep, with the Petit Jean Farmer's Market barn -- offering locally sourced produce, cheese (some made on the premises), baked goods, honey, preserves, meat, and crafts -- only steps away. The market operates on Saturdays, when hot lunches are often served, but it is open on a self-serve basis the rest of the week. Petit Jean State State Park is a very short drive, with spectacular hiking trails, a CCC-built lodge and restaurant, and a lake. Campers are welcome to use the fire pit, grill, and trampoline, and they have access to the half-bath in the barn. They're also more than welcome to help Ed with the chores : ) An electric hookup is $10. Firewood is available for $10.
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$25
/ night

Triple F Farms

150 sites 路 RVs, Tents35 acres 路 Dover, AR
We have about 35 acres for rent on top of Buck Mountain in Dover, AR. It will be a perfect location to view the upcoming eclipse. We are in the line of totality with well over 4 minutes of totality. Only 10 minutes away from Russellville where they will have festivals snd NASA representatives present.
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$20
/ night

Marina Campground

1 site 路 RV2 acres 路 Dardanelle, AR
Conveniently situated within a 3-minute walk to Lake Dardanelle and a mere 2-minute drive to the scenic Lions Den Golf Club, our location offers unparalleled access to outdoor recreation and natural beauty. Embark on a 20-minute drive to the majestic Mt. Nebo or venture to Dardanelle Rock for breathtaking views of the surroundings. With an abundance of attractions and exploration opportunities nearby, your adventure awaits just moments from our doorstep.
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$300
/ night
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(94)

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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$25
/ night

Gateley Hill Gardens

3 sites 路 RVs20 acres 路 Dardanelle, AR
Nestled in the shadow of Mt. Nebo in the tri-peaks region of Arkansas is our micro flower farm and white wedding chapel. Stay on 20 acres of pasture and woods next to our pond with beautiful views. Enjoy the gathering room with games, books and snack bar. Tent camp or park your RV and enjoy the Arkansas River Valley. Award winning bike trails on Mt. Nebo, bass fishing in lake dardanelle, hiking on Mt. Petit Jean and Dardanelle Rock are just a few of the nearby opportunities you have to enjoy the Natural State.
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$300
/ night
Booked 2 times

Chemical free farm with greenhouses

23 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents300 acres 路 Hattieville, AR
Special events for the 2024 eclipse will change the site prices for one week prior to the eclipse and for one week after the eclipse of 2024. CALL US FOR ECLIPSE EVENT ENTERTAINMENT PRICING, AND CAMPING DETAILS. 501-289-2219 Travis Learn more about this land: Zero Light Pollution! Ground Zero for The MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF TOTAL DARKNESS HERE at the farm! On the farm during the Eclipse the Path of Totality is best viewed here just like our star views are here at night. Come find out what we live for. Enjoy the grounds, live music in the evenings, chuckwagon style spreads available too. All during this rare total solar eclipse, April 2024!! Enjoy tranquility! Stay at our cabin, our tent areas or our full hookup RV GROUNDS. This is a once in a lifetime farm. We grow lots of food and can cook for you as well! We have beef, pork, Muscovy duck killed to order and a wonderful selection of in season produce. We offer cooking services and you can hunt for a nominal additional fee. On our north border we have unique geology. A spring breaks forth from the crust at our East fence and disappears back into the ground at our West fence, that's one mile of Creek that is untouched and only available here! It cuts a deep holler with two distinct landscapes, one on the southern facing slope and another on the northern facing slope. Ferns and ginseng and clay can be found here. Artist sculpture grade clay is available here and for a guides fee you can be taken to all the sweet spots here on our mighty farm. Tenting is only $30, Full power water and sewer both 30 amp and 50 amp available. Bathhouse with laundry is on site too. We provide firewood and if you camp at the cabin or at the tent sites we provide drinking water and five gallon wash buckets filled daily per person per stay. We also provide one roll of two ply toilet paper per person per stay or per week if you choose to stay for a spell. Do yourself a favor and book a spot at our one of a kind chemical free forest and farmland. Let us show you what southern hospitality is supposed to be.
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$45
/ night

The best camping near Lake Dardanelle State Park guide

Overview

About

Outdoor living in the Arkansas River Valley is pretty sweet, and it gets a whole lot sweeter when you visit Lake Dardenelle State Park! The park is known for a world class Bass fishing tournament, some of the best kayaking and canoeing in the state, quaint camping under the stars, and sweeping views that will keep your camera busy. The wee ones will be into the cool hands-on exhibits and aquarium at the visitor鈥檚 center, and roasting marshmallows by the campfire. No need to wait, time to get in touch with your inner nature enthusiast, pack up a picnic, and get ready for that grand Arkansas River to carry you away!

Notable campgrounds

  • Russellville Area: Class AAA - Offering full hookups, these sites are perfect for those seeking comfort amid the wilderness.
  • Russellville Area: Class AA - Equipped with water and 30 Amp electric service, these sites cater to both RVs and tents.
  • Dardanelle Area: Class B - Enjoy the simplicity of these water and electric sites, ideal for a serene camping experience.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early to secure your spot, especially during peak seasons when the park's popularity soars.
  • Consider mid-week stays for better availability and a quieter camping experience.
  • Keep an eye on cancellations to snag a last-minute reservation at this sought-after destination.
  • Explore nearby camping options if your preferred campground is fully booked.

When to go

The best time to visit Lake Dardanelle State Park is during the spring and fall when the weather is mild and the natural beauty is at its peak. Summer offers warm swimming conditions but can be quite hot. Winters are quieter but may have limited services.

Know before you go

  • Check the weather forecast and pack accordingly to ensure a comfortable visit.
  • Visitor Center hours are from 8am to 5pm daily, but closed on major holidays.
  • Swimming is available at the beach with no lifeguard on duty; swim at your own risk.
  • Be mindful of park wildlife and maintain a safe distance at all times.
  • Remember to bring your fishing gear to participate in the park's numerous fishing tournaments.

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