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12 Campgrounds in Central and Northeast Arkansas

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Camping is one of the best ways to connect with nature. Wake up with the birds, watch the sunrise, enjoy a full day of fresh air and gather around the campfire to grill s’mores long after the sun has set. Although summer is considered by many to be “camping season,” the temperate weather here in Arkansas means the camping season can be extended into October and November or even longer.

This fall, as the leaves change and the temperatures drop, pack up the RV or load the tent into your car and head to one of these Central and Northeast Arkansas campgrounds for a weekend of fun. Go fishing, collect colorful leaves while you hike and grill hotdogs over an open fire.

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12 Campgrounds in Central and Northeast Arkansas

1. Miller’s Outpost RV Park & Camping Resort – Greenbrier

This big rig friendly RV park offers level pull-thru and back-in sites, all with patios and firepits. There is a walking trail, a playground for the kids and they are centrally located to several popular fishing spots and antique shops. Expansions, including a pool and a laundromat, are planned for the spring of 2021.

Call – 501-269-4780
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12 Campgrounds in Central and Northeast Arkansas

2. Lindsey’s Resort on the Little Red – Heber Springs

This gorgeous resort located alongside the Little Red River’s world-class trout fishing waters has been serving guests for over 50 years. In addition to cabins and hotel-style lodging, they have RV and tent sites available. The resort has a remote feel but is located only a few miles from town, so you can enjoy all the outdoor adventures that Heber Springs has to offer. Campsites include fire pits, grill and picnic tables and the RV sites offer full hookups. Enjoy dinner in their onsite restaurant or spend the day fishing with one of their knowledgeable guides.

Call – 501-362-3139
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3. Little Rock North/ I-40 KOA – Little Rock

Scenic and wooded, the Little Rock KOA offers huge full hook-up RV sites and tent sites that are away from traffic. There are plenty of outdoor activities within a few miles and the Arkansas River Trail is accessible right from the campground. Amenities include Wi-Fi, pool, hot tub, snack bar and bike rentals.

Call – 800-562-4598
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12 Campgrounds in Central and Northeast Arkansas
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4. Woolly Hollow State Park – Greenbrier

Wooly Hollow is situated around Lake Bennet and offers fishing, boating, mountain bike trails and hiking. They have 30 RV sites with full hookups, 10 tent sites plus a bathhouse with hot showers. History buffs will enjoy the Woolly Cabin, an original 1882 one-room family homestead located on the property. There are several fishing docks and a swim beach and snack bar.

Call – 501-679-2098
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5. Willow Beach Recreation Area – Scott

Located near the David D.Terry Lock and Dam of the Arkansas River, Willow Beach Campground offers 21 campsites with electric and water hookups, a dump station, hot showers and a playground. They are located near Toltec Mounds State Park and the Plantation Agricultural State Park.

Call – 501-961-1332
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North Central Arkansas

6. Anglers Holiday Mountain Sylamore Campground – Mountain View

RV campers will enjoy a weekend along the refreshing Sylamore Creek and overlooking the Sylamore Swinging Bridge at this campground with over 100 full hookup sites. Additional features include a ¼-mile beach along Sylamore Creek,  laundry facility, pickin’ porch, outdoor games, boat rentals, pool table, swimming pool and bathhouse. Visitors can also visit their location along the White River (about a mile down the road) for trout fishing and waterfront dining.

Call – 870-585-2231
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7. Sylamore Creek Camp – Mountain View

Sylamore Creek Camp offers both RV and tent sites along Sylamore Creek and the Ozark National Forest’s bluffs. Cool off while swimming in the creek, try your luck fishing, or take a canoe out for a quiet paddle. Sylamore Creek Camp is located just a few miles from downtown Mountain View and Blanchard Springs.

Call – 877-475-4223
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8. Buffalo Camping & Canoeing – Gilbert

Located ¾-mile from the Buffalo River they offer RV sites with 30 amp/water and primitive tent sites. Amenities include showers and a bathhouse. Campers can explore the Buffalo river and also take advantage of their float and shuttle services.

Call – 870.439.2888
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9. Shady Oaks RV & Campground – Harrison

Nestled on just over 12 acres, far enough away from the buzz of traffic, you’ll find peace in the beautifully treed and nostalgic setting. Shady Oaks is open year-round and offers beautiful cabins, spacious 30/50-amp RV sites and tent/hammock camping. Located just 15-minutes from the Buffalo National River, there is plenty of outdoor activities in the area.

Call – (870) 743-2343
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Northeast Arkansas

10. Craighead Forest Park – Jonesboro

The campground at Craighead Forest Park offers visitors a home-away-from-home atmosphere with rustic surroundings. The park has 26 tree-shaded asphalt tent pads and 41 RV sites. Also located in the park are various activities, including fishing, playgrounds, hiking trails, horse and ATV trails and boating.

Call – 870-933-4604
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11. Crowley’s Ridge State Park – Paragould

Located on the former homesite of pioneer Benjamin Crowley, Crowley’s Ridge State Park has a variety of camping areas and cabins. There is a fishing lake, a swimming lake, picnic areas and lots of hiking trails.

Call – 870-573-6751
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12. Lake Poinsett State Park – Harrisburg

Lake Poinsett State Park is small and remote and perfect for a quiet weekend away. Visitors will enjoy several hiking trails and can enjoy boating and fishing when the lake is refilled in 2021. (Learn more about the draining of Lake Poinsett here.) They have 29 campsites, an all-weather pavilion and a playground area. They are located about 20 minutes from Jonesboro.

Call – 870-578-2064
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