Bull Shoals White River State Park AR

Favorite Campsites at Bull Shoals-White River State Park & Travel Tips!

Bull-Shoal White River State Park in north Arkansas has often been considered one of the most beautiful state parks for camping, fishing, hiking, water sports and just relaxing.

Famous for its world-class trout fishing, Bull Shoals–White River State Park lies along the shores of both Bull Shoals Lake and the White River.


If you’re planning a trip to the park, here are a few pro tips.

Bull Shoals-White River State Park pro tips:

1. Amazing trout fishing

The White River offers world-class trout fishing. If you are a fishing enthusiast, you will definitely want to get in on the action here.

Also read: [AMAZING] Best Fishing in Arkansas

2. Beautiful hiking

This state park has great hiking trails that everyone will love.

You will especially love Big Bluff Hiking Trail that is a 1 3/4 mile loop.

The first part of this loop trail is a level walk over the remains of the railroad tram built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to bring in steel and lumber from Cotter to construct Bull Shoals Dam.


This trail also offers great views of Bull Shoals Dam and the White River.

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3. No swimming in the river!

When camping along the White River keep in mind that swimming is not allowed. The river can be dangerous when the current is swift and it is extremely cold!

The White River at Bull Shoals-White River State Park
The White River. Photo by Jason Hunter/Creative Commons

Want to go swimming? Read this: 13 [EPIC] Arkansas Swimming Holes that you WON’T want to miss!

Best Campsites at Bull Shoals- White River State Park

Honestly, there aren’t any bad campsites at this state park. They are all beautiful but there are a few spots that we consider our favorites.

  • Site #40 is right by the river and it surrounded by beautiful trees.
  • Site #12 in Loop A is surrounded by a railing and has a beautiful view of the water.
  • Site #75 is along the edge of the river and is our favorite spot for enjoying a cup of coffee and watching the fishermen!

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4. Fun wildlife

Another fun aspect of Bull Shoals- White River State Park are the number of deer that visit the park during certain seasons.

It’s fun to sit quietly and just observe the deer as they graze.

I’ll never get tired of all the beautiful wildlife in Arkansas!

5. Don’t miss the visitor’s center!

The James A. Gaston Visitor Center is a place you won’t want to miss while you’re in the area. This $4+ million dollar project is a site to behold!

James A. Gaston Visitor Center at Bull Shoals-White River State Park
James A. Gaston Visitor Center at Bull Shoals-White River State Park.
Photo by Jason Hunter/Creative Commons

“The Visitor’s Center is a great place to explore with displays of all the fish in the White River and all the fish in the lake, along with indigenous wildlife and other historical information about the famous Bull Shoals Dam and our area.” –source

Go to Bull Shoals Cavern

Bull Shoals Caverns is a beautiful limestone cavern that is located in, you guessed it, Bull Shoals Arkansas. This cavern has a year-round temperature of 59 degrees making it pleasant to visit anytime of the year.

Bull Shoals Cavern near Bull Shoals- White River State Park
Bull Shoals Cavern. Photo credit: Dave Thomas/Creative Commons

You will find Bull Shoals Caverns here:
1011 CS Woods Blvd.
Bull Shoals, AR 72619

Bull Shoals-White River State Park location

You’ll find this beautiful state park here:

153 Dam Overlook Lane
Bull Shoals, AR 72619

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