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Arkansas State Parks

More than 3.1 million acres of forestland are included within the three national forests in Arkansas. The U.S. Forest Service has developed campgrounds of scenic points in these woodlands. Most of these campgrounds are located in ruggedly beautiful mountainous terrain, and are designed to blend into the landscape to preserve the forest atmosphere.

For information:

St. Francis National Forest, Marianna, AR  72360

Bear Creek Lake (E-8)

  • Campsites:

    31 RV/Tent with no hookups
  • Location:

    7 miles southeast of Marianna on Hwy. 44 or 2 miles north of West Helena on Hwy. 242, then east on gravel Forest Road 1900, 16 miles.
  • Attractions:

    625-acre lake atop Crowley’s Ridge, fishing, swimming, nature trail.
  • Facilities:

    Chemical toilets, barrier-free fishing pier, water, 7 picnic sites, boat ramp (10 hp motor limit). (Open year-round) User’s fee charged.

Mississippi River State Park (D-8)

  • Campsites:

    17; 14 RV sites with full hookups; 3 tent sites
  • Location:

    From Interstate 40 take exit 239, following Hwy 1 south to Marianna. From Helena, take Hwy 49 west to Walnut Corner, then Hwy 1 north to Marianna. From Marianna, follow Business Hwy 1 to Ark. 44 (The Great River Road/Crowley's Ridge Parkway) then six miles southeast to the Bear Creek Lake Recreation Area.
  • Attractions:

    Picnic areas, swim beach, prime wildlife and birding habitat
  • Facilities:

    Picnic table, grill, lantern hanger, tent pad; barrier-free bathhouse boat ramp, and hiking trail
  • Accessible?:

    Handicap Accessible