Campgrounds in Hot Springs, AR

Campgrounds in Hot Springs, AR
Hot Springs, Arkansas, was the first federally protected area in the history of the United States and it has pleased visitors as a resort for almost 100 years, since coming to popularity in the early 1920s. The town takes its name from the year-round hot springs that are the focal point of many local resorts. Hiking trails on Ouachita Mountain and in the area are widely available, and the area's popularity with tourists ensures that there is plenty of local camping.

Gulpha Gorge Campground

This campground is located in Hot Springs National Park. The campground and the park are open year-round. The on-site visitor's center is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Primitive camping and camping sites with hookups are both available, but the camping sites are not pull-through. Restroom facilities are on-site, but there are no showers. This is, however, reflected in the low cost of staying at this campground. Picnic tables and grills are located at each camping site. Reservations are not taken; all facilities are first-come, first-served, and camping is limited to 14 days a year.

Gulpha Gorge Campground
150 Gorge Road
Hot Springs AR 71901
(501) 620-6720
nps.gov/hosp/planyourvisit/campground.htm

Lake Ouachita State Park

This campground is located just inside Ouachita State Park, within five miles of both the town of Hot Springs and Hot Springs Village. The massive manmade lake, which is recognized as one of the cleanest in America, is a home for numerous water sports, including scuba diving and fishing as well as hiking along the 975 miles of shoreline. This state park offers RV sites and camp sites, as well as camping cabins, marina facilities, and hike-in tent camping. The campground and the marina are both open year-round, enabling visitors to enjoy swimming in the summer and snowshoeing in the winter.

Lake Ouachita State Park
5451 Mountain Pine Road
Mountain Pine, AR 71956
(501) 767-9366
arkansasstateparks.com/lakeouachita

Hot Springs National Park KOA

This Kampground of America is located in Hot Springs National Park, less than a mile from downtown Hot Springs. A local shuttle is available, and on-site amenities include breakfast from February to November, a heated pool and an 18-hole mini golf course. RV sites can accommodate vehicles up to 65 feet, and tent sites and one- and two-room Kabins are also available. Tent sites have access to electricity and water, and visitors can enjoy fishing, bicycle rentals, and historical tours.

Hot Springs National Park KOA
838 McClendon Road
Hot Springs, AR 71901
(501) 624-5912
koa.com/where/ar/04106/

Article Written By Beau Prichard

Beau Prichard has been a freelance writer and editor since 1999. He specializes in fiction, travel and writing coaching. He has traveled in the United Kingdom, Europe, Mexico and Australia. Prichard grew up in New Zealand and holds a Bachelor of Arts in writing from George Fox University.

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