rv parks in arkansas

Camp and paddle the Buffalo River in Arkansas

RV camping is interesting to me, and as someone from the Midwest, I wanted to learn about the best RV campgrounds in Arkansas. Many great places to camp exist in other states, especially this beautiful place. Here’s what I learned about RVing in Arkansas.

Where to Find the Best RV Campgrounds in Arkansas

Below is a list of 11 unforgettable RV camp spots in Arkansas. They aren’t in any particular order, and each has its own unique charm. They are all sure to be a great place for any RV camping adventure!

1. Catherine’s Landing

In Hot Springs, Arkansas, close to the middle of the state and along the Ouachita River, is Catherine’s Landing RV campground. It covers 400 acres and a mile of water on Lake Catherine.

This campground offers free WiFi, fire pits, playgrounds for the kids, a heated pool, hiking trails, a gift shop, a fitness center, the option to rent a kayak as well as a pontoon boat.

Catherine’s Landing is pet-friendly.

There are even a disc golf course and a zip line course for an extra cost. The RV services offer 30/50 amp hookups, sewer and water hookups, grills, picnic tables, and fire rings.

They are also pet-friendly.

There’s also plenty to do in the area. There’s an off-road vehicle park, the Mid America Science Museum, a spa, Magic Springs theme park, and Crystal Falls water park, Oaklawn racing and gaming, and more.

Pricing goes from about $40 to $80 a night, depending on the time of year that you book for, and whether you get a pull-through or back-in option, as well as other variables.

Checking their website and entering your own information will give you a better idea of what you can expect to pay at Catherine’s Landing.

2. Hot Springs National Park KOA

Also in Hot Springs, Arkansas, is the Hot Springs National Park KOA. KOA stands for “Kampgrounds of America” which is a network of privately-owned campgrounds throughout the country. The KOA directory lists the organization’s many excellent facilities and friendly service.

This site is very close to the actual Hot Springs National Park, as well as the downtown, where you can enjoy the hot springs and relax. There are shops, and all of the same local attractions as in the previous campsite mentioned.

This campground offers shuttles for a cost to downtown, and for free to Magic Springs and Oaklawn when they are open.

This campground is close to hot springs.

The Hot Springs National Park KOA offers up to 50 amp hookups, WiFi, a pool, fishing, mini golf, an arcade room, laundry facilities, a pet playground, hiking trails, activities throughout the year, and more.

The Hot Springs National Park KOA offers up to 50 amp hookups, WiFi, a pool, fishing, mini golf, an arcade room, laundry facilities, a pet playground, hiking trails, activities throughout the year, and more.

On certain weekends during peak season, they offer “Grandpa’s Griddle” with breakfast served in the mornings.

This site is unique because it is built into a hillside, and it has terraced sites rather than sites on the flat ground. This makes it visually appealing, as well as a bit more private.

This campground is open all year round. Prices range from $35 to $60 a night, depending on individual circumstances. Like most KOA’s, however, it offers deals throughout the year for a cheaper price on certain nights.

3. Blue Heron Campground

In the northeast is the Blue Heron Campground, which is in Flippin, Arkansas. This site is easy to find, and it’s right on the banks of the nearby White River, as well as a few miles away from other bodies of water, including Buffalo National River.

This site is really known for its fishing. Available all year long, there are guided fishing trips for a cost, kayak or canoe rentals, or even just fishing off of the shore.

Blue Heron Campground is perfect for those looking to fish well.

The RV sites have 30/50 amp hookups, full hookups, a dump station, and restrooms. Pets are allowed but must be kept on a leash and attended to at all times. There is also a pavilion with a few things and its great for larger gatherings.

While it is a pretty simple campsite, the area is beautiful, the service is friendly, and if you like fishing, this spot is a great place for it. White River trout are the main type of fish known in this area, and it’s a great activity to do with kids and to get that authentic camping experience.

This site costs about $30 to $36 a night, and $180 to $250 weekly, with monthly options available, so it’s a good deal for some great fishing.

4. Shady Oaks Campground and RV Park

In the centrally northern part of the state as well, in Harrison, Arkansas, is the Shady Oaks Campground and RV Park.

This site includes laundry facilities, restrooms and showers, a dog park, a playground, volleyball, basketball, horseshoes, a pavilion with tabletop games, as well as a Wii, a kitchen area, WiFi, a splash pad, hiking trails, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing.

The RV sites can go up to 50 amps, and there are full hookups available.

“There really aren’t enough words to convey all the plusses of the Park. You will find Rob and Melissa to be very professional – with the added touch of welcoming you as though you are family visiting them…

If you are looking for a little bit of Heaven on earth, a place to sit back and let your soul ease back in… then you will want to plan a visit to Shady Oaks.”

-Jim and Sue W, TripAdvisor Review

In the nearby area, there is the Mystic Caverns and Crystal Dome, the Hurricane River Caverns, the Buffalo National River, and more. This campground is heavily wooded, and it is really pretty in the spring and summer months.

The rates go from only $27 to $35 a night, so you’re able to stay here at a relatively low cost.

5. Treasure Isle RV Park

Back in the popular Hot Springs, Arkansas, is the Treasure Isle RV Park. This campground is right on Lake Hamilton and has all the same area attractions as the other parks in this area.

This site has laundry facilities, WiFi areas, fishing and swimming in the lake, a new pool, and new bathhouses, and 30/50 amp service as well as full hookups. There are 48 channels Direct TV. This place is also kid- and pet-friendly.

Treasure Isle RV Park is a lakefront location with laundry facilities and a pool.

This place is simple, but the lakefront environment is peaceful as well as fun. It’s a great place to stay while you spend time visiting the local attractions.

Prices range from about $30 to $50 a night, depending on location, time of year, and other factors. There are 45 pull-through and 20 back in sites available.

6. Tom Sawyer’s RV Park

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Right on of the Mississippi River, bordering Tennessee in West Memphis, Arkansas is Tom Sawyer’s RV Park. This place has a relaxed, laid back atmosphere that could fit right in Mark Twain’s books.

There are plenty of RV sites available, and they have 30/50 amp service, full hookups, laundry facilities, and bathhouses. It’s extremely simple, but it gives you a great chance to truly enjoy the nation’s largest river, with all of the fishing, boating, and more that comes with it.

This campsite is very green and is located right off the Mississippi River.

Local attractions include the American Dream Safari, the Beale Street Entertainment District, the Center for Southern Folklore, the Children’s Museum of Memphis, many historical sites, and more. It’s not too far from Graceland, as well, so there’s plenty to see in the area.

One drawback from being right on the Mississippi River is that it sometimes floods, especially in the months of April and May, so it occasionally has to close because of that. It keeps the area very green, however!

Rates range from $32 to $50 a night, depending on parking location, and other variables and discounts are sometimes available.

7. Wanderlust RV Park

In the north of the state, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is the Wanderlust RV Park. In 2018, this site was voted the #1 RV park in Arkansas, so it’s definitely a good place to check out!

It’s also only about 5 minutes downtown Eureka Springs, and it’s close the “The Great Passion Play” that the city is known for.

This site has a pool, restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, 2 large pavilions that have refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, grills, and more. There are also picnic tables, book and DVD swaps, WiFi, and pets are also welcome on the campground. There are 30/50 amp services and full hookups, as well as plenty of pull-through sites.

“This RV Park is beautiful, quiet and most friendly! …The people in the office made us feel incredibly welcome and just could not be friendlier! We would recommend this park to everyone.”

-Ronald K, TripAdvisor Review

This RV park is a cute area surrounded by trees and not far from several lakes and rivers where you can enjoy plenty of water activities.

This site is open year-round. Rates go from $40 to $55 a night.

8. Downtown Riverside RV Park

Right by the capital city, in North Little Rock, Arkansas is the Downtown Riverside RV Park. This park is very unique- as it’s tight in the downtown of the city!

This site is a secure, gated facility with room for 61 RVs. There’s 50-amp service, sewer and water hookups, free WiFi, a dump station, a pavilion, a clubhouse that has a washer and a dryer, restrooms, a boat ramp, and more. They allow up to 3 pets, but they must be on a leash and attended to at all times, and pit bulls are not allowed.

Downtown Riverside RV Park is open all year, is located close to a city, and has many available amenities.

There is a nice riverfront view of the city here, and due to its location, there’s a ton to do even within walking distance, including shops, restaurants, shows, museums, sports games, a bike trail, and more.

This is certainly one of the most unique RV experiences one could get, and it’s great for someone who wants to explore the city while on their travels.

Open all year, rates here range from $25 to $33 a night, with discounts available for certain people and club members. They recommend reserving the nights, but if spots are available, drive-ups are welcome.

9. Ozarks Luxury RV Resort

In the north, right by the border of Missouri and along the Table Rock Lake, in Oak Grove, Arkansas is the Ozarks Luxury RV Resort.

There are plenty of great amenities at this site. Some of those include pools, hot tubs, WiFi, tennis, a golf course, a marina, a bathhouse, laundry facilities, an area for dogs to play, trailer storage for boat or car haulers, and various rentals, such as for golf carts, fishing gear, and more.

There are full hookups available and up to 50 amp service.

“This was our first experience with the RV community but I can’t imagine they could have made it any nicer. Everyone there is so helpful including helping us pick the perfect site to reserve.

Very clean and nice extra bathrooms and showers if needed… Would love to return soon.”

-TripAdvisor Review

Because it is on the lake, there is fishing, kayaking, canoeing, boating, and more available nearby.

As everything here is a bit more high-end, it is also a bit more expensive. The rates range from around $65 to $95 a night, varying due to location and other factors.

10. Murfreesboro RV Park

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Towards the southwest area of the state, in Murfreesboro, Arkansas is the Murfreesboro RV Park. Right by the Little Missouri River, and the Crater of Diamonds State Park, as well as more local sites, this is a great spot for any adventuring family.

This site has free WiFi, fire pits, laundry facilities, showers, a children’s play area, a book and DVD library, and 30/50 amp service as well as full hookups.

This site is a great example of southern hospitality. Every other Thursday they do a potluck, where you can get to know your hosts, the Lambs, and fellow campers, tell stories and just have a good time enjoying good food.

This campsite is social and close to a lot of adventures, such as diamond-hunting. It’s perfect for families.

At the nearby Crater of Diamonds State Park, around 1,000 diamonds are found each year. If finding diamonds is something that interests you, this park is crate because they have daily classes on diamond hunting, with tools available to rent, or if you’re staying for two or more nights, for free.

It’s a fun activity for the whole family, and it can leave you with a unique and special souvenir!

Rates start at $30 a night, with weekly rates starting at $170, and monthly at $400.

11. Shadow Mountain RV Park

In Mena, Arkansas, located in the central west area of the state is the Shadow Mountain RV Park. This is near the Ouachita Mountains and the Ouachita National Forest.

Shadow Mountain has hunting areas close by in eastern Oklahoma.

This site is fairly simple, with pull-through sites and full hookups, 30/50 amp service, a playground, video rentals, WiFi, several nature trails, fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, and ATV trails. There is also hunting available in nearby areas like eastern Oklahoma, which isn’t too far away.

This site is open year-round, but you’ll have to start a reservation by phone or email, with the information on their website in order to see the prices.

Related Questions

What is the difference between a park or a rustic campground? Rustic sites are pretty simple, with only the basics usually available. They don’t have a ton of amenities, which creates an authentic camping experience. Parks usually have more amenities available, and some can be very nice, with extra activities and facilities, and some are also simple.

What are the benefits of commercial chain campgrounds? Some campgrounds are part of larger chains, like KOAs or Jellystone Parks. These tend to have nice and clean facilities, plenty of activities, the grounds are well-maintained, and they are typically very kid-friendly. Because they are for-profit, they are consistent and aim to be the best.

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Author Anthony Foxx

I am Tony, an RV designer and RV developer. I create bill of materials for RV manufacturers for travel trailers and fifth wheels. I worked as a freelance transportation consultant for Lyft. As an RV development consultant, I create customization trees for RV manufacturers who want to offer a solution to prospective customers to design their custom RV with variant configuration. Apart from this, I sell in Indiana trailer hitches, hitch balls, goosenecks and weight distribution systems where I provide advice to customers who want to know which is their towing capacity, which hitch ball should they utilize and how to deploy a weight distribution system. I do my best to explain all these processes and their installation, in the Lifestyle edition of Business Finance News.

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