There are endless amazing hiking trails in Arkansas and the tent camping is amazing. There are also lots of Arkansas hiking trails with waterfalls. If you combine all of those things, what you have is an unforgettable trip!
I don’t mean to sound picky but, when I take a camping trip, I want it all. I want a great tent site, excellent hiking, and waterfalls that are picture worthy.
Beautiful Places to Tent Camp in Arkansas with Hiking and Waterfalls
If you’re like me, you’re going to love what I have picked out for you!
1. Gunner Pool Recreation Area
“The Gunner Pool Recreation Area offers a campground stretching along the scenic North Sylamore Creek. Campsites are shady and private, but have no electrical or water hook-ups. 27 campsites with grills, tables, lantern poles and tent pads. Access is by a steep, winding, dirt road, not recommended for large recreation vehicles.” –source
What makes Gunner Pool Recreation Area perfect is the Sylamore Hiking Trail that begins in the campground. Gunner Pool is surrounded by the White and Buffalo rivers. The hiking is good and the water is cool!
Be sure to bring your ATV to enjoy the AMAZING ATV Trails near Gunner Pool Recreation Area.
Gunner Pool was also named as having some of the BEST Tent Camping near Water in Arkansas.
You’ll find Gunner Pool Recreation Area here:
2. Mount Nebo State Park
Voted as having some awesome “Must Do” Arkansas Hikes, Mount Nebo State Park is a beautiful campground to pitch a tent, hike and find some waterfalls. Some of the BEST tent camping in Arkansas can be found here!
“Situated in the Arkansas River Valley just 45 minutes from Arkansas Wine Country, this state park sits atop the 1,350-foot Mount Nebo. The 1930s-era Civilian Conservation Corps constructed many of the rustic-style cabins, pavilions, bridges, and 14 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. There are 34 campsites (24 Class B and 10 hike-in tent sites). Other facilities include a swimming pool, tennis courts, picnic areas, pavilions, and visitor center with gift shop.” –source
Mount Nebo State Park location:
16728 W State Highway 155
Dardanelle, AR 72834
3. JFK Campground and Recreation Area
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 1,000 times, JFK Campground and Recreation Area is one of my favorites in Arkansas. This campground is smaller than others in the area and is right on the shores of the Little Red River where you will find premier-class trout fishing in Arkansas!
From within the campground, you can experience a great trail that will lead you to the Collins Creek Hiking Trail and Cascade. This is a fun, and easy hike! It’s perfect for kids who want to play in the falls.
Don’t miss the Greers Ferry National Fish Hatchery while you’re there! It’s within walking distance of the campground.
Latitude35° 30′ 57.3800″ N
Longitude91° 59′ 47.2898″ W