The Best Camping in Arkansas

Looking for the best camping in Arkansas? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Arkansas. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top camping spots in and near Arkansas

  • Hagarville, Arkansas

    Backpack to the Natural Bridge

    8 mi
    After you drive across the one-lane bridge and take the dirt road immediately after it, follow that dirt road until it begins to bend to the left. Park your vehicle in the turnoff on the right, and be sure to lock it and take (or hide) any valuables in it. Even though it’s relatively remote, rand...
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  • Compton, Arkansas

    Camp on Big Bluff

    4.8
    6 mi
    This adventure begins at the Counterpoint Trailhead just north of Ponca, AR. Follow the trail downhill for about 2.7 miles until you reach a split in the trail. Take the trail off to the right and follow it for another .5 miles until you reach the Big Bluff area. There is a lot of area to expl...
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  • Mount Judea, Arkansas

    Hike Sam's Throne

    5.0
    0.5 mi
    This hike starts at the Sam's Throne Campground parking area. Once you walk to the end of the campground there is a fence with three different entrances that all lead to different trails. Take the middle trial for the shortest and easiest hike to the bluffs. This hike is very easy and only tak...
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  • Jasper, Arkansas

    Camp along the Buffalo National River

    5.0
    2 mi
    This is a night of camping that is one for the books. Head to the Steele Creek area on the Buffalo River. Once you are in the Steel Creek area simply follow the gravel road to the right and park anywhere in the grass along the river. Camping is permitted anywhere along the Buffalo River as lon...
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  • Rogers, Arkansas

    Camp at Horseshoe Bend Campground, AR

    4.0
    The campground has several sites along the shores of Beaver Lake. Its restrooms are clean and include free hot showers. The campground does not provide firewood. However, you are allowed to pick firewood from the surrounding woods. If there has been recent rainfall you’ll need to buy firewood ...
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  • Winslow, Arkansas

    Hike the White Rock Rim Trail

    5.0
    2 mi / 250 ft gain
    The trail around the Rim of White Rock Mountain is one of the best trails for vantage points.  Nestled in the beautiful Boston Mountains in north central area of Arkansas.  The White Rock Rim trail is an easy 2 mile loop trail that is moderately hiked year round.  Start at the parking area and he...
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  • Witts Springs, Arkansas

    Hike to Punchbowl Falls

    3.2
    4 mi / -600 ft gain
    Go in the early Fall or late Spring! You start off on the Ozark Highland Trail. As you start walking along the trail you can see where people have slept the night before. Camping is acceptable out here, you do not have to pay, but the downside is that the closest town is about an hour away so if ...
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  • Harrison, Arkansas

    Backpacking Cecil Creek

    5.0
    8 mi
    From Tulsa, head out east along US-412 until you reach HWY 103. Take a right (south) on HWY 103 and follow it toward Compton, Arkansas. Shortly before reaching Compton, take the dirt road on the right (before the road starts to head north), and follow the road south. Keep on it as it bends to the...
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  • Compton, Arkansas

    Backpacking Along the Buffalo River

    5.0
    12 mi
    Park at the Centerpoint Trailhead and follow the Centerpoint trail as it heads about 3 miles downhill towards Big Bluff. You’ll know you’ve reached the trail junction for Big Bluff when you come to a clearing that has a large firepit in the middle and a small unmaintained trail heading off to the...
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  • Harrison, Arkansas

    Camp at Kyle's Landing

    5.0
    Kyles Landing is located directly beside the beautiful Buffalo river, hardly a stone's throw from the cool refreshing water. With huge bluffs soaring over 400ft into the air, multiple hiking trails available, and access to the river itself, the campground is a perfect weekend getaway to get outsi...
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  • Compton, Arkansas

    Hike to Scenic Big Bluff

    5.0
    6 mi
    The hike starts at the Centerpoint Trailhead and follows a clearly defined trail for 3 miles (approximately one hour) with mostly downhill or flat terrain and views through the trees of the rolling Ozark landscape. When you are almost to Big Bluff, the trail opens up into a large round area with ...
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  • Mulberry, Arkansas

    Backpack along Hurricane Creek

    6 mi
    After arriving at the trailhead near the Shores Lake Campground (there is a $3 parking fee, so bring cash), head along the path and go west at the T-junction. Continue going west/northwest and you’ll cross over a forest road. Stay on the trail as it gradually descends, then veer off-trail to the ...
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  • Witts Springs, Arkansas

    Backpack to the Sandstone Castles

    5.0
    8 mi / 1000 ft gain
    From the Richland Creek campground, Twin Falls is an approximate 3 mile hike followed by another mile (give or take) to the "Castles". Directly above a small camping area on top of Twin Falls there begins a more primitive trail up the center on the ridge that will take you straight to the enormou...
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  • Harrison, Arkansas

    Hike to Hideout Hollow

    4.0
    2 mi
    After parking at the trailhead, head down the well-trodden path and follow it the 0.85 miles downhill to the overlook. Once you are at the overlook, go left and follow the path as it loops around the top of the overhang. You’ll arrive at a small creek (which creates the waterfall that flows into ...
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  • Kingston, Arkansas

    Backpack Along Whitaker Creek

    5 mi
    After arriving at the Whitaker Point/Hawksbill Crag trailhead, start going down the path for about 1/8th of a mile. You’ll cross a small stream, and here is where you’ll turn off the trail. Using Whitaker Creek as your guide, follow it like a handrail as it descends down into the confluence with ...
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  • Jasper, Arkansas

    Paddle the Buffalo National River: Ponca to Kyle's Landing

    5.0
    10.3 mi
    Put in at the Ponca Bridge, or Steel Creek if the water is too low, for the most scenic float in Arkansas. Paddle surrounded by 3-400 foot bluffs, and through slightly challenging water here and there. Great float for kids as there are plenty of swimming holes.I've done this with my own elementar...
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