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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:

    14 RV/Tent with W/E/S; 3 Walk-in Tent Sites at Beech Point Campground; 14 Primitive RV/Tent Sites (no hookups) at Lone Pine Campground
  • Location:

    Six miles southeast of Marianna on Hwy. 44. [Marianna, AR 72360]
  • Attractions:

    Mississippi River State Park is operated by Arkansas State Parks within the St. Francis National Forest. A joint agency visitor center offers exhibits and a variety of interpretive programs. Beech Point Campground is accessed from Hwy. 44. Atop Crowley’s Ridge on a wooded peninsula in 625-acre Bear Creek Lake Recreation Area, these campsites feature lake views. Two courtesy docks provide additional lake access.
  • Facilities:

    Visitor center with exhibits, restrooms, hot showers, swimming beach, barrier-free fishing, picnic sites, boat ramp (10 hp limit), nature trail, group use camping area. Bathhouse at Beech Point Campground.
    * NOTE: State Park operates under special use permit from USDA Forest Service, Ozark-St. Francis National Forests.
  • Accessible?:

    Handicap Accessible
  • Pets Accepted:

    Yes