If you’re wanting to go dig for crystals, staying at a campground near Mt. Ida is the perfect way to stay while you play.
There is a huge vein of crystals that runs through the Ouachita Mountains near Mt. Ida. This vein is 30-to-40-mile-wide and 170-mile-long.
If you’re the camping type, you can dig for crystals all day and sit around the campfire at night.
Some of the BEST camping in Arkansas is right here at these campgrounds.
BEST Campgrounds Near Mt. Ida, Arkansas
You will love these campgrounds that are near Mt. Ida and the Twin Creek Crystal Mine.
Army Corp of Engineers Campgrounds
At only 9.5 miles east of Mt. Ida, Denby Point is the perfect place to camp if you’re wanting to dig for nearby crystals!
This campground has 67 campsites.
Campsite Description: Concrete table, ground grill, pedestal grill, lantern post, shade. Amenities: Flush toilets, potable water on sites, showers, boat ramp, amphitheater, trailer dump station, fish cleaning station, swim beach, playground, picnic area, trails. -source
Denby Point address
119 Ouachita Shores Parkway
Mt. Ida, AR 71957
Tompkins Bend is a Class “A” U.S. Corps of Engineers Campground on Lake Ouachita with 77 campsites that have concrete tables, ground grills, pedestal grills, lantern posts and lots of shade trees and a New children’s playground.
Other amenities include potable water on all sites with some 50 amp sites available. -source
Tompkins Bend Recreation area address
15 Tompkins Bend
Mt. Ida, AR 71957
These campsites come with the basics: picnic table, ground grill, pedestal grill, and lantern post.
At Twin Creek, there are no showers so you’ll want to come prepared with your fresh water tanks full or bring your outdoor, solar shower.
Flush toilets, boat ramp, swim beach, and a fishing pier are available at Twin Creek.
Twin Creek location
Highway 270, 27 miles west of Hot Springs and 8.8 miles east of Mount Ida, then 1 mile on Twin Creek Road. -source
Crystal Springs has many of the same amenities as Twin Creek except they also have water hookups!
Amenities: Flush toilets, potable water at sites, showers, boat ramp, trailer dump station, swim beach (2), fish cleaning station, handicap accessible sites (# 22 and # 73), 50 amp sites available, group campsites available, trails. -source
Crystal Springs Campground address
1130 N. Crystal Springs Road
Royal, AR 71968
Brady Mountain is a beautiful campground on a peninsula that extends into Lake Ouachita. When you camp at Brady Mountain, you feel like you’re on an island all to yourself.
All of the campsites here have electric hookups. You will also find a dump station, fish cleaning station, boat ramp, hot showers, playground, and a swim beach at Brady Mountain.
Get the full details here: AMAZING CAMPING AT Brady Mountain Campground in Arkansas
Brady Mountain location
Latitude: 34° 34′ 56.1792″ N
Longitude: 93° 15′ 55.5912″ W
Ouachita National Forest Campgrounds
Charlton Recreation Area
Charlton Recreation Area is only 20 miles west of Hot Springs and 16 miles east of Mt. Ida.
The campground is made up of three (3) loops with 46 campsites, ranging in amenities of no services to campsites with electric, water and sewer provided. Bathhouse with warm showers and flush toilets are provided. -source
Charlton Recreation Area location
523 Highway 270 East
Royal, AR 71956
Latitude : 34.5168167
Longitude : -93.3818111
One of the best campgrounds near Mt. Ida is the Mountain Harbor Resort.
Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa
Mountain Harbor Resort offers lake view RV sites and forest view RV sites.
Each of the sites come equipped with water, electric, cable and sewer hookups.
Mountain Harbor Resort address
994 Mountain Harbor Rd
Mount Ida, AR 71957