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For those seeking an authentic connection with nature, tent camping in Arkansas is an unbeatable experience. From the majestic Ouachita and Ozark Mountains to the shores of pristine lakes and rivers, the state offers a range of camping destinations that cater to every type of camper. If you want to experience beautiful scenery and enjoy nature, check out these 7 Best Remote Tent Camping Spots in Arkansas.
Visit any of Arkansas State Parks or Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds, and you will see a mix of RVs and tents. These parks are designed to accommodate both and, with their bathroom facilities, access to water and other services, are a great choice for tent campers who prefer a few minor luxuries along the way. While we love those sites, here you’ll find some of our favorite sites that are a bit more remote, off the beaten path and truly best enjoyed in a tent.
Blanchard Springs Campground is like a hidden nature sanctuary in the Ozarks. Imagine pitching your tent under a canopy of tall trees, with the sound of a babbling creek in the background – it’s that kind of tranquil. And guess what? You’re just a stone’s throw away from the mesmerizing Blanchard Springs Caverns. So, you can go from exploring underground wonders to roasting marshmallows by the campfire in no time. If you’re into hiking, the nearby trails are ready to lead you on an adventure. It’s all about getting back to nature in the coziest way possible.
Blanchard Springs Campground
Mountain View, AR
Pitch your tent right by the crystal-clear waters of Sylamore Creek, where you can spend your day splashing in the creek, lounging on the riverbank, or even trying your luck at fishing. Close enough to Mountain View to enjoy music and entertainment but far enough away that the city lights don’t steal their thunder, the stars at night are absolutely unreal. It’s a total nature immersion, with the bonus of falling asleep to the soothing sounds of the creek. If you’re all about that riverside relaxation, this spot should definitely be on your camping radar.
Sylamore Creek Campground
Mountain View, AR
Photo courtesy of the Nature Conservancy.
Have you ever thought about sleeping on the water? The Little Maumelle Floating Camping Platform is a unique camping experience that lets you do just that! Like a mini private island just for you to fish, stargaze or simply let the river’s gentle rhythm lull you to sleep. It’s not your everyday camping experience, that’s for sure. So, if you’re up for some water-based relaxation and a totally unique adventure, the Little Maumelle Floating Camping Platform should be on your must-try list. The platform is accessible by boat, and advanced reservations are required.
Little Maumelle Floating Camping Platform
Little Rock, AR
Newton County, AR – April 30: A two-day float and camp on the Buffalo National River in Newton County, AR, on April 30, 2022. (Photo by Will Newton/ADPHT)
Buffalo Point Campground is the ultimate base camp for exploring the Buffalo National River area. Wake up surrounded by nature’s beauty, with easy access to hiking trails that lead you to stunning river views and magnificent bluffs. Cell service is limited, and the area is remote, but the campground does have seasonal amenities such as water, hot showers and toilets. The walk-in tent loop is even more remote for serious campers. Whether you’re in it for hiking, fishing, or just soaking up some serenity, this place has you covered. You can even take a scenic float trip down the river. It’s like a nature lover’s playground. So, if you’re ready to trade city noise for the sounds of flowing water and rustling leaves, Buffalo Point Campground is calling your name.
Buffalo Point Campground
Tyler Bend Campground is right on the banks of the Buffalo National River, surrounded by lush forests and breathtaking bluffs. The campground has water, hot showers and flush toilets year-round. You won’t find any electrical hookups as the campground is in the Dark Sky area. Spend your days floating on the river and hiking trails, then spend your nights experiencing some of the most pristine stargazing in the state.
Tyler Bend Campground
St. Joe, AR
When you camp at Cove Lake Campground, you can set up your tent right by the tranquil Cove Lake, where the water’s so clear you can practically see the fish swimming. The recreation area offers some amenities, such as boat rentals and snacks. The campground is open to RVs, but there are no hookups or a dump site, so it attracts more tent campers. If you’re all about that lakeside chill and camping camaraderie, Cove Lake Campground is where you want to be.
Cove Lake Campground
Gunner Pool is nestled in the heart of the Ozarks, just a few miles past Blanchard Springs Caverns. The highlight is the serene pool fed by a crystal-clear spring. It’s like having your own natural swimming hole right at your doorstep. Enjoy trails, wildlife and an incredible night sky. Gunner Pool is a camping experience about exploring nature’s wonders.
Whether you’re seeking the tranquility of a river, the majesty of mountains, or the serenity of a lakeside retreat, the state’s best tent camping destinations offer a gateway to nature’s wonders. Pack your tent, lace up your hiking boots, and immerse yourself in the remarkable landscapes that make Arkansas a prime destination for unforgettable camping adventures.
Mountain View, AR
Photos courtesy of Arkansas Department of Parks, Tourism and Recreation unless otherwise noted.
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