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camping spots northwest Arkansas

There are more than 50 state parks and national forests across The Natural State, and plenty of other public campgrounds all around, so you can find one near you wherever you are. Check out this list of campgrounds near Northwest Arkansas, or have your adult search www.arkansasstateparks.com or www.recreation.gov for the best camping spots in the area!

Devil’s Den State Park
Ozark National Forest
West Fork, Arkansas
Devil’s Den is a natural treasure of Arkansas. There are miles of hiking and mountain bike trails and even a horse camp area and riding trails. You can go on a scavenger hunt through the park and go exploring in caves. There is a lake with rental canoes and pedal boats, a café, store and swimming pool. Plus, there are cabins to rent as well as campsites. More information and reservations at arkansasstateparks.com or call the park at (479) 761-3325.

Prairie Creek Campground
Beaver Lake and Dam
East of Rogers, Arkansas
This large camping area is on the shores of Beaver Lake has plenty of shade, a volleyball court and a playground, along with fishing, boating, swimming, spelunking and more. There are even reservable shelters for picnics. Book on Recreation.gov.

Hobbs Campground
Hobbs State Park
Conservation Area
Rogers, Arkansas
Hobbs Campground is nestled within Arkansas’ largest state park, along the southern shore of Beaver Lake. It has a few campsites along the Pigeon Roost Trail, and miles of hiking and recreation opportunities. There are lots of programs for kids at the visitor center. This campground doesn’t accept bookings and is first come, first served. Contact the park to learn more about this camp at 479-789-5000 or hobbs@arkansas.com.

Withrow Springs Campground
Withrow Springs State Park
Huntsville, Arkansas
Withrow Springs Campground has lots of shady places to pitch your tent or RV, fishing in the stream, floating, and lots of hiking trails. There are beautiful waterfalls off the bluffs, along with tennis courts, baseball and softball fields, picnic areas, a pavilion and even a gift shop. Reserve at arkansasstateparks.com.

Lake Fort Smith Campground
Lake Fort Smith State Park
Fish, kayak and have lots of water fun at this campground on the banks of Lake Fort Smith. Stay in a rental cabin or get close Mother Nature in a campsite. There is also a swimming pool, boat rentals, guided nature hikes and a visitor center with a pioneer log cabin and covered wagon. Reserve at arkansasstateparks.com.

White Rock Mountain
Recreation Area
Ozark-St. Francis National Forests
Have a mountaintop camping experience in the White Rock Mountain Recreation Area near Winslow, Arkansas. It has nine campsites along with historic rental cabins. There are scenic views and hikes through dramatic bluffs and mountain lakes. For more information visit whiterockmountain.com. One night walkups are allowed, first come first served. Call (479) 369-4129 to check availability.

Lake Wedington Recreation Area
Ozark-St. Francis National Forests
This is a charming, family-friendly destination surrounded on three sides by water, with picnicking areas and cabins within easy walking distance and lots of natural beauty just 13 miles west of Fayetteville. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places. It offers rental cabins and campsites and has a pavilion, horseshoe area, volleyball pit, a swimming area, fishing, and convenient trail access. Book at recreation.gov

War Eagle Campground
Beaver Lake and Dam
10 miles east of Springdale, Arkansas
At War Eagle Campground on Beaver Lake the only battle will be what to do first. There is boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, biking and wildlife viewing. There is spelunking and caves to explore. Book at recreation.gov, plus walkup campsites available first come, first served.

Indian Creek Campground
Beaver Lake and Dam
Garfield, Arkansas
One of the few first-come, first-served campgrounds in the area, Indian Creek Campground has large campsites located on the shores of Beaver Lake. There is fishing, hiking, biking, swimming, boating and more. They even offer electricity for RV-travelers. You can also book ahead at recreation.gov

Lost Bridge North Campground
Beaver Lake and Dam
Garfield, Arkansas
You’ll find your way back to nature at Lost Bridge North Campground, on the shores of Beaver Lake. There’s a great primitive youth camping area, but also campsites with flush toilets, showers, and electricity for RVs. Call (877) 444-6777 for camping reservations or visit Recreation.gov

Starkey Campground
Beaver Lake and Dam
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
You can reserve a site at Starkey Campground—or just show up and see what’s available when you arrive—and enjoy camp life to its fullest, with all that Beaver Lake has to offer. There is a playground and a walk down the hill to a pretty lake beach. There’s a boat launch too. All the campsites have electricity and some even have water and a sewer for RV stays. Reserve at Recreation.gov

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