Folks in Central Arkansas have to work a little harder to find great campsites nearby. For residents of Northern and Western Arkansas, there are practically great campgrounds everywhere you turn. However, that doesn’t mean that folks in Central Arkansas have no options.
In fact, there are several great places to camp and swim near Little Rock, Arkansas.
BEST Tent Camping and Swimming Near Little Rock, Arkansas
I chose these four campgrounds because the camping is beautiful and the swimming is great!
Woolly Hollow in Greenbrier
Woolly Hollow is a beautiful state park on the shores of Lake Bennett. The tent sites are right on the water and within walking distance of the fishing pier, playground, bathhouse and walking trail.
In fact, we named Woolly Hollow as having some of the BEST tent camping near water in Arkansas!
You’ll love the swimming beach. Plus, a snack bar is open near the lifeguarded swimming beach in the summer.
Woolly Hollow is about one hour from Little Rock, Arkansas.
You’ll find Woolly Hollow State Park here:
82 Woolly Hollow Road
Greenbrier, AR 72058
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Indian Lakes Resort north of Austin
Indian Lakes Resort was recommended as an excellent campground near Little Rock, Arkansas by a fellow Arkansan. Somehow, in all my years of camping, I have never head of this amazing place!
“Indian Lakes is a Central Arkansas, fun family (well behaved pets included) outdoor environment. Activities include swimming area with diving board and slides, including our 100 foot slide! Stay the day or stay the week, we have camping sites with and without electricity, RV sites, volleyball and horseshoes available as well as
our fishing lakes. On site grills available also.” -source
Indian Lakes Resort is 35 minutes from Little Rock, Arkansas.
You’ll find Indian Lakes Resort here:
1365 West Lewisburg Road
Austin AR 72007
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Lake Sylvia Campground and Recreation Area
“Nestled between scenic pine and oak-clad mountains in the northeast corner of the Ouachita National Forest is Lake Sylvia Recreation Area. The serene 18-acre lake is noted for its swimming and fishing opportunities only 38 miles west of Little Rock.” -source
Campsite reservations are not available at Lake Sylvia. That means that all campsite are first come, first served.
This campground offers a swimming area, toilets, drinking water and picnic tables.
Lake Sylvia Campground and Recreation Area is about one hour Northwest of Little Rock, Arkansas.
You’ll find Lake Sylvia here:
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Little Rock North/ JCT I-40 KOA
This KOA offers a great swimming pool in case you want a break from the usual lake and river swimming areas in Arkansas.
You will also find a great tent camping area here and well as lots of amenities.
“The scenic, wooded kampground features patio sites with excellent Wi-Fi and 72 channel cable, Kabins nestled in the woods, and tent sites away from traffic. Take a dip in the pool, then surprise your sweetie with a treat at the Double Trouble Ice Cream Parlor-but no need to feel guilty afterwards, the Fitness Center includes a variety of equipment, or take it easy in the Swedish Sauna.” -source
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7820 Kampground Way
North Little Rock, AR 72118