Arkansas August 27, 2019
10 Unique Campgrounds In Arkansas Where You Can Spend The Night For 25 Bucks And Under
You don’t have to overspend on overnight stays in Arkansas. We have plenty of budget-friendly campgrounds that don’t forgo a unique experience. Let’s visit ten of our favorite one-of-a-kind campgrounds scattered throughout the state.
1. Lake Ouachita - Mountain Pine
Staying the night at Lake Ouachita can happen in a variety of ways. In addition to the typical camping and cabins, you can also pick-your-own island for a wonderfully unique night on the water. One of the best features of all the islands is that since they're part of the U.S. National Forest, camping is free. But do be aware that this will be a primitive camping experience.
Address: 5451 Mountain Pine Road, Mountain Pine, AR 71956
2. Buffalo National River - Compton
Arkansas is filled with endless campgrounds but none are quite as beautiful as the ones along the Buffalo National River. Steel Creek Campground looks up to the infamous Roark Bluff and other gorgeous scenery. All tent site (including at the horse camp) are $20/night. You can use
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Address: Steele Creek Road, Compton, AR 72624
3. Blanchard Springs Recreation Area - Mountain View
This campground is quite lovely on its own but it's also a wonderful starting point for all sorts of nearby adventures.
Hike north to reach Gunner Pool, tour the vast underground Blanchard Springs Caverns, or drive to explore the Folk Music Capital of the World - Mountain View. Sites are $15/night.
Address: Blanchard Road, Mountain View, AR 72560
4. Sam's Throne Recreation Area - Mt. Judea
If you don't mind sacrificing modern amenities for jaw-dropping views, then a night at Sam's Throne is in order. The campsites are primitive but do guarantee a quiet retreat with quite a beautiful mountain backdrop. Sam's Throne is a rock climbers paradise and has trails for more grounded hikers as well. Camping is free!
Address: AR-123, Mt. Judea, AR 72655
5. Charlton Recreation Area - Royal
Pitch a tent and jump right in! There's nothing quite as refreshing as plunging into the chilly waters of Walnut Creek during these fiery summer days. Campsites are just a couple of steps away from the creek and run between $15-25/night with RV sites available as well.
Address: 154 Milholen Trail, Royal, AR 71968
6. Little Maumelle River - Little Rock
Arkansas has plenty of spots for camping near the water but this floating campsite is the only place in the state where you can camp on the water. Take a relaxing paddle along the Little Maumelle River Trail and pitch a tent on this floating platform. You can make reservations by visiting
Address: 8803 Ranch Boulevard, Little Rock, AR 72223
7. Blue Mountain Lake Recreation Area - Havana
If you've ever looked out from atop Mount Magazine then you've already seen the beauty of Blue Mountain Lake and the Petit Jean River Valley. The state park tends to stay crowded but an overnight stay at the rec area is much more quiet. Campsites begin at $18/night and can be booked
Address: 10152 Outlet Park Road, Havana, AR 72842
8. Hide-A-Way on the White River - Norfork
We do love the different retreats on the White River but multiple nights can add up. If you'd rather spend your funds on water toys rather than lodging, pitch a tent at Hide-A-Way. This campground has primitive sites as well as RV hookups right next to the river. Rates start at $14 and can be booked through
Address: 41 Red's Landing Lane, Norfork, AR 72658
9. White Rock Mountain - Winslow
This stunning recreation area has rustic cabins and peaceful campsites in the forest. Stay for scenery alone or tackle one of the many trails for a day-time or backpacking adventure. Camping is only $10/night!
Address: 214 Bowles Gap Road, Winslow, AR 72959
10. Lake Catherine State Park - Hot Springs
Water adventures and waterfall chasing are just some of the highlights at Lake Catherine. Class B campsites are $23/night but upgrading to a yurt is only an extra $35. However you stay, your whole family will find something to love at this beautiful area.
Address: 1200 Catherine Park Road, Hot Springs, AR 71913
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