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Arkansas’s Ouachita region has some of the most rugged and scenic national forest campgrounds you’re likely to find. Find a full list of Ouachita camping areas below.

For information:

Lake Ouachita Field Office, Royal, AR  71968
Phone:
501-991-3390

Albert Pike Day Use Recreation Area (F-2)

  • Location:

    5 miles southwest of Glenwood on U.S. 70, then west 13 miles on Hwy. 84 to Langley, then right on Hwy. 369 for 6.1 miles.

Bard Springs Recreation Area & Campground (F-2)

  • Campsites:

    Four campsites in low-lying area closed for overnight use, open for day use only.
  • Location:

    19 miles west of Norman on Hwy. 8 to Big Fork, then 10 miles south on gravel Forest Road 38, then east one mile on gravel Forest Road 106. (Caddo Ranger District, Glenwood, AR 71943. PHONE: (870) 356-4186)
  • Attractions:

    Small campground with Adirondike-type shelters in a remote mountain setting; small swimming area, hiking trails, fishing
  • Facilities:

    Picnic tables, vault toilets; five Adirondack sleeping shelters

Big Brushy Recreation Area & Campground (E-2)

  • Campsites:

    Day Use Area Only
  • Location:

    Six miles northwest of Pencil Bluff on U.S. 270.
  • Attractions:

    Hiking, biking and fishing.
  • Facilities:

    Accessible picnic shelter, playground, vault toilet, fishing, loop trail, access to Ouachita National Recreation Trail.
  • Accessible?:

    Handicap Accessible

Camp Clearfork Recreation Area (E-3)

  • Campsites:

    Group Use Area, up to 76 people
  • Location:

    20 miles west of Hot Springs on U.S. 270. (Womble Ranger District, Mount Ida, AR 71957. PHONE: 870-867-2101
  • Attractions:

    Swimming, fishing, hiking, canoeing and field sports.
  • Facilities:

    Four cabins, six bunkhouses; central bathhouse; ball field.

Charlton Recreation Area & Campground (F-3)

  • Campsites:

    Day use area and Loop A tent sites open. Loops B and C open for RV/Tent Camping
  • Location:

    20 miles west of Hot Springs on U.S. 270
  • Attractions:

    Located near Lake Ouachita; swimming, mountain streams, tree identification interpretive trail; hiking trail to Lake Ouachita.
  • Facilities:

    Showers, water, picnic sites, dump station, group picnic shelter, playground, central flush toilets. Pets must be leashed at all times.
  • Pets Accepted:

    Yes

Crystal Recreation Area & Campground (F-3)

  • Campsites:

    9 Tent with no hookups
  • Location:

    1 mile north of Norman on Hwy. 27, then turn east for 3 miles on gravel Forest Road 177.
  • Attractions:

    Swimming, hiking trail, scenic drives.
  • Facilities:

    Vault toilets, picnic shelter. Pets must be leashed at all times.
  • Accessible?:

    Handicap Accessible
  • Pets Accepted:

    Yes

Crystal Springs Recreation Area & Campground (E-3)

  • Campsites:

    63 RV/Tent with W/E; 11 Tent Only with no hookups
  • Location:

    16.8 miles west of Hot Springs on U.S. 270, then 1.5 miles north on Crystal Springs Road.
  • Attractions:

    Crystal Springs Day Use Area with picnic area, playground, pavilions, amphitheatre; Crystal Springs Resort with full service marina, boat rental, restaurant nearby.
  • Facilities:

    Accessible flush toilets, drinking water, showers, boat ramp, dump station, swim beach, fish cleaning station, accessible playground. Pets must be leashed at all times.
  • Accessible?:

    Handicap Accessible
  • Pets Accepted:

    Yes

Dragover Float Campground (E-3)

  • Campsites:

    Day Use Area Only
  • Location:

    From Pencil Bluff, AR take Arkansas Hwy. 88 east for 7 miles; turn south on County Road 97 for 1 mile.
  • Attractions:

    Float fishing on Ouachita River, swimming, hiking.
  • Facilities:

    Picnic sites, vault toilets, canoe access
  • Accessible?:

    Handicap Accessible

Fulton Branch Float Camp (E-3)

  • Campsites:

    Day Use Area Only
  • Location:

    1 mile northeast of Mount Ida on Hwy. 27, then north at sign for 6 miles on gravel road. Watch for signs.
  • Attractions:

    Float fishing on Ouachita River, swimming, hiking. Womble Trail connects to Ouachita National Recreation Trail.
  • Facilities:

    Picnic sites, canoe access, toilets. Pets must be leashed at all times.
  • Pets Accepted:

    Yes

Iron Springs Day Use Recreation Area (E-4)

  • Campsites:

    Day Use Area
  • Location:

    On Ark. Scenic 7 Byway, 4.5 miles north of Jessieville
  • Attractions:

    Wooded roadside setting on stream near historic springs.
  • Facilities:

    Day use area, picnicking, three shelters, vault toilet, accessible walkway to springs, hiking in area.
  • Accessible?:

    Handicap Accessible

Jack Creek Recreation Area & Campground (D-2)

  • Campsites:

    5 Tent with no hookups
  • Location:

    2 miles south of Booneville on Hwy. 23, then east for 1 mile on Hwy. 116, then south 7 miles on paved County/Forest Road 19, then east 1 mile on paved Forest Road 141.
  • Attractions:

    Natural pool in Sugar Creek, scenic overlooks, rugged rock bluffs.
  • Facilities:

    picnicking, swimming, horseshoe pit, accessible vault toilet, picnic shelter, fishing, 1/2 mile scenic loop trail, 4 mile trail connects to Dry Creek Wilderness, 3-1/2 mile trail connects to Knoppers Ford.

Knoppers Ford Recreation Area & Campground (D-2)

  • Campsites:

    6 sites in low-lying areas closed for overnight use, day use only
  • Location:

    2 miles south of Booneville on Hwy. 23, then east 1 mile on Hwy. 116, then south at sign for 7 miles on paved County Road 19, then 2 miles south on gravel Forest Road 19.
  • Attractions:

    Natural pools in Sugar Creek
  • Facilities:

    Picnicking, swimming, horseshoe pit, vault toilet, fishing, 3-1/2 mile trail connects to Jack Creek. Equestrian use from October 1-May 1.

Lake Sylvia Recreation Area & Campground (E-4)

  • Campsites:

    19 RV/Tent with E; 8 Tent with no hookups; Two Group Camping Areas (Loop A, sites 12-17 are closed to overnight use; open for day use only)
  • Location:

    Take Arkansas Hwy. 9 south from Perryville, AR for 9 miles; turn right (southwest) at sign on Arkansas Hwy. 324 for 4 miles.
  • Attractions:

    18-acre lake, swimming beach, picnic sites, fishing, hiking. Wildlife interpretive trail, tree identification interpretive trail for the physically challenged, amphitheater with outdoor theater programs in season.
  • Facilities:

    Restrooms, dump station, volleyball court, horseshoe pits, water fountains and hydrants

Little Pines Recreation Area & Campground (E-2)

  • Campsites:

    9 RV/Tent with W/E
  • Location:

    Take Ark. 248 west from Waldron for 11-1/2 miles.
  • Attractions:

    1000-acre Lake Hinkle, swim beach, hiking.
  • Facilities:

    Can accommodate long trailers; bathhouse, picnic units and shelter, fish cleaning station, accessible fishing pier, dump station, boat dock for campers

River Bluff Float Camp (E-3)

  • Campsites:

    Day Use Area Only
  • Location:

    1 mile northeast of Mount Ida on Hwy. 27, then north at sign for 5 miles on gravel road. Watch for signs.
  • Attractions:

    Float fishing on Ouachita River, swimming, hiking. Womble Trail connects to Ouachita National Recreation Trail.
  • Facilities:

    Vault toilets, picnic sites, canoe access. Pets must be leashed at all times.
  • Pets Accepted:

    Yes

Rocky Shoals Float Camp (E-3)

  • Campsites:

    Day Use Area Only
  • Location:

    Take U.S. 270 northwest from Mount Ida for 6 miles; turn right (north) just before crossing the Ouachita River Bridge (east side of river).
  • Attractions:

    Base camp for float fishing on Ouachita River, swimming, hiking. Womble Trail connects to Ouachita National Recreation Trail.
  • Facilities:

    Vault toilets, picnic sites, canoe access. (Open year-round). Pets must be leased at all times.
  • Pets Accepted:

    Yes

Shady Lake Recreation Area & Campground (F-2)

  • Campsites:

    44 RV/Tent with no hookups; 20 with W/E; 1 RV with W/E/S (13 sites in low-lying areas are closed for overnight use with day use only)
  • Location:

    5 miles southwest of Glenwood on U.S. 70; west 23 miles on Hwy. 84 to Athens, then 2 miles west on Hwy. 246. Then north at sign for 3 miles on Forest Road 38. (Mena Ranger District, Mena, AR 71953. PHONE: 479-394-2382
  • Attractions:

    25-acre lake, swimming beach with diving platform, fishing, playground, and hiking. Shady Lake Trail for hiking and mountain biking.
  • Facilities:

    Drinking water, flush toilets, hot showers, trailer dump station, day use picnic area, boat dock.

Shirley Creek Float Camp (E-2)

  • Campsites:

    Day Use Only
  • Location:

    Exit U.S. 270 at Pencil Bluff to Ark. 88, west 1 mile past the Oden Ranger Station, turn left on County Road 7991 for 1/2 mile.
  • Attractions:

    Float fishing on the Ouachita River
  • Facilities:

    Picnicking, float fishing, vault toilet, canoeing, hiking.

South Fourche Recreation Area & Campground (E-3)

  • Campsites:

    6 RV sites with no hookups
  • Location:

    One mile south of Hollis on Ark. Scenic 7 Byway.
  • Attractions:

    Hiking; provides floating access to the South Fourche River
  • Facilities:

    Picnic sites, drinking water, vault toilets
  • Accessible?:

    Handicap Accessible