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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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Paradise Camp

7 sites 路 RVs, Tents20 acres 路 Ozark, AR
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Bleau Valley Campground

11 sites 路 RVs, Tents12 acres 路 St Paul, AR
We have 12 beautiful secluded acres along the White River. Just 45 minutes to Fayetteville and 5 miles from Saint Paul. Just one mile from the famous Pig Trail. We are currently offering just primitive spots for RVs, vehicles, or tents. Campers need to bring their camp toilet and coolers. We are nestled on the cusp of the Ozark National Forest with gorgeous mountain views. Just 3 miles from the Mill Creek OHV trailhead- which holds 150 miles of trails through the Ozark and Boston mountains. You can camp among the trees along the river or in the wide open field under the stars. All spots are on a first-come, first-serve basis. This is dispersed camping. There are no designated spots.
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Bleau Valley

6 sites 路 RVs12 acres 路 Combs, AR
This is one of the northwestern counties. It is bounded on the north by Carroll County; on the east by Carroll and Newton; on the south by Franklin and Johnson, and on the west by Washington and Benton. Its area is 836 square miles, and the average elevation is 1,200 feet. It is drained by numerous small streams, but less than one-half of the county is suitable for agriculture. The hill lands are well adapted to fruit growing and stock raising.
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$20
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Wildwoodz

9 sites 路 RVs10 acres 路 Mansfield, AR
RV park and campgrounds in Mansfield , Arkansas. Located near highway 378 on Wildwood Road, Wildwoodz RV park and campgrounds deliver convenience to traveling campers.聽聽Enjoy the peace and quiet near the National forest, which includes a fire pit, hook-ups with water and electric, a few select sites have sewer, a sewer dump site is available. Trailhead for ATV riding 1.1 miles from campgrounds. Horseback riding or hiking the trials can be accessed聽from the campgrounds if preferred.
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Bullwick Farms

5 sites 路 Tents50 acres 路 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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Ozark Base Camp

1 site 路 RV, Tent2 acres 路 Saint Paul, AR
In the historic village of Saint Paul, Arkansas, this site is located along highway 23/16. The National Forest and the White River are nearby. While in town, the site is near the library and minor shopping. Local Ahart's beer wine & groceries are great attractions. The Ozark National Forest is an easy walk - only a half mile away. Incredible year round hiking. Even closer is the White River which has great fly fishing and maybe even catch a sighting of river otters.
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$40
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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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Nature Lovers Paradise

10 sites 路 Tents120 acres 路 Paris, AR
This is a working and growing ranch. Guests are welcome to build fence, or whatever work needs done. Property is a remote and scenic 120 acres, just minutes from Mount Magazine, the tallest mountain in Arkansas, and a couple of hours from Crystal Bridges, one of the most premiere museums in the United States. Campers are encouraged to bring 4-wheelers :)Learn more about this land:120 Acres with beautiful views including several remote camping spots. Whether you want wide open pasture with beautiful star views, or on a mountain with bluffs and a flowing creek, it's hard to pick where you want to pitch a tent. Bring your 4-wheelers or hiking shoes, as there are lots of trails to explore. Horseback riding is also available.
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Fitzgerald Mountain RV Camp

2 sites 路 RVs6 acres 路 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鈥檚. 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聽Fitzgerald Mountain's world class trails.聽 The mountain is home to OZ trails mountain biking and hiking for all levels. (look up OZ trails聽 - Fitzgerald Mountain)The 2 van camper/RV spots sit at the base of a shade tree and the entry to the 鈥淕oat Trail.鈥澛 This trail聽(named for the adjacent goat farm) will lead campers to the campfire area, "Fitzmo Barn", and聽Butterfield trail.聽 Fitzmo barn has a map where you can leave your mark by putting a聽pin in your hometown and signing the wall.聽 Leave your brand's sticker on the wall so other bikers and hikers can find their way to your hometown spots.聽The barn has chairs for the聽fire pit area, and can also provide some shelter if it rains.Butterfield trail crosses the camp area adjacent to Fitzmo Barn.聽聽聽Head North on Butterfield to connect with blue and black trails including the 鈥渂est trail ever鈥 and fantastic views from the mountain top.聽 Head South to connect with trails for all skill levels including a strider course for the kids at Bayyari Park.聽聽Bayyari Park is only 1/3 mile away and has public restrooms that I'm told聽"remain open until 10:00 PM year round unless there is extreme cold."The only neighbors of the camp聽have a small farm to the North, and their聽goats and peacock聽occasionally visit the camp鈥檚 Western field.聽 Other than these neighbors, the area feels secluded, especially at the fire pit and barn area.聽Fitzgerald is a historical area.聽 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.聽 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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The Wild Blue Yonder!

1 site 路 RV, Tent40 acres 路 Pettigrew, AR
Learn more about this land:This area is brimming with outdoor activity! The Mulberry River is just a short walk away with all the fishing and paddling you want. There is a public launch with parking just across the road for floating access. Be on the OHT via the Indian Creek spur trail in no time. Byrds Adventure Center is 2 miles down the road for off-road fun, a general store, canoe rentals, and more. *Heads up especially if you are in a small car, it鈥檚 usually ok to go down the small hill but in wet weather it may become slick. If you鈥檙e not sure about making it back up, there is an area to park by the driveway :)
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Griffin Ridge Camp

1 site 路 Tent1 acre 路 Kingston, AR
Built on a hill top because of COVID and social distancing... I wanted to give families a safe place to enjoy nature. This campsite is on a hillside because it鈥檚 the top of our 6 acres, yet allows the best winter time views of the valley, beautiful Fall leaves. The extra amenities for a primitive site are a trade for the hillside. Personal one single campsite for privacy. Perfect spot to travel Madison and Newton Counties. Learn more about this land: Platform for tent 12x16, 2nd mulched ground tent area., gazebo, table and chairs, charcoal grill stand, propane grill under cover, dry wood for fire pit for purchase. New outhouse only used by Griffin Ridge. Bolder rock fire pit. Water tank for boiling and cleaning. Please bring personal drinking water.
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The best camping near Lake Fort Smith State Park guide

Overview

About

If you鈥檙e searching for an epic weekend at a crystal clear lake, look no further; Lake Fort Smith State Park has got your back! Nestled in a scenic valley of the Ozark Mountains, the park offers a serene setting for picnicking, camping, fishing, kayaking, swimming, and hiking. At the lake you鈥檒l experience some of the best kayaking in the 鈥淣atural State!鈥 For thru hikers, the park serves as the western terminus of the 165-mile Ozark Highlands National Recreation Trail. If you need to break in those new hiking boots, this is the place to do it. This is also the place to cook up some tasty and fresh fish tacos with a beer in hand, roast marshmallows by the campfire, count the stars, and reflect on why Arkansas camping is the best!

Notable campgrounds

  • Class AAA Campsites: Equipped with water, 50 amp electric, and sewer for a comfortable camping experience.
  • Class B Campsites: Offering water and 30 amp electric, these sites are ideal for a cozy stay amid nature.
  • Group Lodges: Modern facilities with kitchenettes, perfect for large gatherings and family reunions.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early, as spots fill up quickly, especially during peak seasons and holidays.
  • Consider mid-week stays for better availability and a quieter experience.
  • Check for cancellations regularly, as plans change and spots may open up.
  • Explore nearby camping options to maximize your chances of finding a site.

When to go

The best time to visit Lake Fort Smith State Park is during spring and fall, when the weather is mild and the natural scenery is at its most vibrant. Summer offers a bustling atmosphere, but be prepared for warmer temperatures. Winter provides a peaceful retreat, though some amenities may be limited.

Know before you go

  • Visitor Center hours are 8am to 5pm daily, closed on major holidays.
  • Swimming, water skiing, and jet skiing are not permitted on the lake.
  • Accessibility options are available, including ADA-friendly cabins and trails.
  • Marina and boat rentals operate seasonally, with varying hours throughout the year.
  • Check the park's event calendar for interpretive programs and special activities.

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