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Best Campgrounds in Northwest Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas is a beautiful part of Arkansas that has many great campgrounds with hiking trails, spacious campsites and lakes for water sports.

Below are some of the best campgrounds in Northwest Arkansas where you can bring your tent or RV and have a blast.

BEST Campgrounds in Northwest Arkansas

All of these campgrounds come highly recommended by us Arkansans who love them. Here, you will find some of the BEST camping in Arkansas.

Withrow Springs in Huntsville

Withrow Springs is a much loved campground in Huntsville, Arkansas. Many people claim this campground as their favorite place to spend a weekend in Arkansas.

“The park features 29 Class AAA and 10 walk-in campsites, plus three hiking trails. A unique flower, the rare Ozark trillium, grows here. Outdoor fun also includes tennis courts, baseball and softball fields, picnic areas, a pavilion, and gift shop.” -source

Withrow Springs also has some of the BEST tent camping in Arkansas!

You’ll find Withrow Springs State Park here:
33424 Spur 23
Huntsville, AR 72740

Kings River Falls Camping

“Less than a minute from the Kings River Falls Trail-head, and nestled alongside the headwaters of the Kings River in Venus Arkansas. This is a remote and rugged campground with caves, bluffs, swimming holes and river a plenty.” -source

This campground is a favorite for many Arkansans because it’s proximity to the Kings River Falls Trailhead. You will find miles of trails to explore here. People keep coming back year after year because this campground in northwest Arkansas is unforgettable and the camp hosts are outstanding.

This camp area is more primitive than a state park campground is. There are picnic tables and toilets but there is no water available and no showers.

You’ll find Kings River Falls Camping at Red Fern Campground here:
Madison 3500
Witter, AR

White Rock Mountain Recreation Area near Mulberry

The White Rock Mountain Recreation Area is a forest service campground in the Ozark Mountains of Northern Arkansas.

This camp area offers 9 primitive campsites (no hookups) that are open year-round. Two of these campsites can accomodate small RVs/Pop Up Campers. The rest of the campsites are tent only.

There is drinking water and vault toilet available. There is also a General Store with information, snacks, firewood, cold drinks, ice-cream and a few other camping essentials.

Nearby you will find the EPIC OHV trails near Cass, Arkansas.

“White Rock Mountain is 2,260 feet above sea level and received its name from the appearance of the lichen on the sheer bluffs that look white from a distance. High bluffs surround this area. White Rock Mountain is the hub of several trail systems.” -source

You’ll find White Rock Mountain Recreation Area here:
Latitude: 35.6909333
Longitude: -93.9568667

“Location: White Rock Mountain is located in the heart of the Arkansas Ozark National Forest. For driving directions PLEASE enter “White Rock Mountain Recreation Area” into google maps ONLY.” -source

Lost Bridge South Campground on Beaver Lake

Lost Bridge South is a favorite northwest Arkansas campground for many Arkansans because of the beautiful lakeside camping. There is plenty of shade at this campground and room to roam.

“Lost Bridge South Campground sits along the vast shores of Beaver Lake in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas, offering spacious and sunny campsites and an abundance of recreational activities.” -source

Lost Bridge South Park is 42 minutes from Eureka Springs, AR.

You will find Lost Bridge South Park here:
Latitude: 36° 23′ 49.6900″ N
Longitude: 93° 54′ 14.8000″ W

Since this campground is only a short drive to Eureka Springs, be sure to take a day to check out all the amazing things to do in Eureka Springs!

Prairie Creek near Rogers, Arkansas

“Prairie Creek Campground sits along the vast shores of Beaver Lake in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas, offering spacious and sunny campsites and an abundance of recreational activities.” -source

Prairie Creek is another northwest Arkansas campground that sits on the shores of the beautiful Beaver Lake. This campground offers fire rings, picnic areas, drinking water and flush toilets. And, since Beaver Lake is a hot spot for water sports in the summer, you will also find a five-lane boat ramp at Prairie Creek.

You’ll find Prairie Creek Campground here:
Latitude: 36° 21′ 16.9999″ N
Longitude: 94° 3′ 2.0002″ W

Horseshoe Bend Campground near Rogers, Arkansas

Horseshoe Bend Campground is also located on the very popular Beaver Lake. It is on a peninsula that extends out into the water offering beautiful views.

“Fishing opportunities are plentiful near Horseshoe Bend Campground. Beaver Lake has more than 28,000 surface acres of water, and anglers can try their luck at catching large and small-mouth bass, crappie, bream, white bass, stripers, and channel or spoon-bill catfish. Just below the dam, the cold waters of the upper White River provide a perfect habitat for pole-bending rainbow and record-size German brown trout. Several trails snake throughout the Ozark Mountains, offering peaceful hiking, biking and wildlife viewing opportunities for visitors. “ -source

You’ll find Horseshoe Bend Park here:
Latitude: 36° 17′ 12.0001″ N
Longitude: 94° 1′ 9.9998″ W

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Beaver Lake Dam Site

Named one of the BEST places to camp near Eureka Springs, the Beaver Lake Dam Site campground is popular for it’s fishing, hiking trails, water sports, swimming, scuba diving, and sightseeing.

Since this campground also has some of the BEST tent camping in Arkansas!

“Dam Site Lake Campground sits along the vast shores of Beaver Lake in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas, offering spacious and sunny campsites and an abundance of recreational activities.” -source

You’ll find Beaver Lake Dam Site Campground here:
Latitude: 36° 25′ 13.0699″ N
Longitude: 93° 51′ 19.4602″ W

Beaver RV Park and Campground on Tablerock Lake

Beaver RV Park is a favorite campground in northwest Arkansas for many people. The town of Beaver, Arkansas is quite small with a total area of .5 square miles and .2 square miles of that is water! The 2010 Census reported the town as having a population of 100 people.

This small town offers the perfect getaway for anyone who wants to be out in nature.

I love their motto: “Even though we may be the best kept secret in Northwest Arkansas, we want you to visit, and although we don’t leave a mint on your pillow, we will leave a light on for you.” -source

The Beaver RV Park has 31 RV pads and 9 tent sites. You will find 100 year old trees in this beautiful park that is located on the banks of the western most tip of Tablerock Lake.

Campers love to come here for swimming, boating and excellent fishing.

Beaver RV Park location:
“Using GPS or electronic map directions: Simply enter Beaver, Arkansas as your destination. We are small, and you will easily find your way to the park.”

Important information about getting to the campground and regulations of the weight of your vehicle can be found here: Beaver RV Park Important Information

Bull Shoals-White River State Park

Not only does this state park have some of the best camping in northwest Arkansas, it also has some of the best trout fishing in Arkansas!

“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. Venturing down into the park along the White River, visitors are greeted with 113 campsites (63 class AAA, 30 Class B, and 20 tent sites with no hook ups) plus three Rent-An-RV sites.” -source

While you’re there, don’t miss the large (15,744-square-foot) visitor center! It has a beautiful visitor exhibit hall and theater. This is where you can go to hear great fishing stories!

You’ll find Bull Shoals-White River State Park here:
153 Dam Overlook Lane
Bull Shoals, AR 72619

Buffalo Point

Buffalo Point is one of the best hike-in camp areas in Arkansas. This campground sits along the Buffalo National River. It’s a beautiful area that is worth the drive from Eureka Springs.

“Buffalo Point is the only campground in [Buffalo National River Park] that has water and electric (30/50 amp) hookups for RVs.” -source

Buffalo River in northwest Arkansas
Buffalo River in Arkansas

In peak season, a restaurant is open at the campground serving up delicious meals for hungry campers!

This campground is about 2 hours from Eureka Springs, AR.

Note: Blanchard Springs Cavern is a one-hour drive from Buffalo Point.

Blanchard springs caverns near eureka springs
Blanchard Springs Cavern is a 1 hour drive from Buffalo Point Campground. Photo credit: Trove1

You will find Buffalo Point Campground here:
Latitude: 36° 4′ 23.0002″ N
Longitude: 92° 33′ 24.9998″ W

Devil’s Den State Park

Devil’s Den State Park is one of the best Arkansas campgrounds for first-time campers and remains a favorite for years and years.

Whether you’re interested in hiking, canoeing, swimming, exploring caverns or just resting in your zero-gravity chair by the campfire, you can do it all here at Devil’s Den!

“Some of the park’s unique characteristics are rock formations and caverns. An impressive rock dam spans Lee Creek forming Lake Devil, an 8-acre lake for fishing and boating with canoes and pedal boats for rent. The park’s hiking, backpacking, mountain bike, and horseback riding trails lead to the surrounding Ozark National Forest.

Walking bridge over Lee Creek at Devils Den State Park.
Walking bridge over Lee Creek at Devils Den State Park.

Devil’s Den includes 17 cabins and 135 campsites. Join park interpreters on hikes along trails including the 15-mile Butterfield Hiking Trail.” -source

You’ll find Devil’s Den State Park here:
11333 West Arkansas Hwy. 74
West Fork, AR 72774

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