Going camping in Arkansas? Thirty-two of Arkansas state parks feature campsites. Sites are located in scenic settings showcasing the natural beauty and geological diversity of Arkansas —The Natural State. You’ll find great campsites on top of a mountain, the shore of a lake and many other terrific spots to spend the night and experience the best of the outdoors.
These Arkansas campgrounds range from primitive, hike-in tent sites to the high-end type with easy accessibility and modern conveniences such as water, electric and sewer hookups for RV campers. Most Arkansas campgrounds include modern restrooms with hot showers and flush toilets. Many parks have designated group camping areas — contact park staff for more information or to make a reservation. Our campgrounds are dog-friendly as long as they are leashed. If you are staying in a YURT, Rent-an-RV, or camper cabins, check with the park directly before making your reservation, as dogs are not permitted in some of our unique lodging options. Every campsite resident is advised to keep food away from wild animals, as feeding them causes environmental problems and the animals become a nuisance for future campers. Campers should only collect firewood from the immediate vicinity or purchase affordable bundles at the park if available to avoid the spread of timber-destroying insects.
Browse the parks below to book a campsite and make plans to go camping in Arkansas, or take a look at state park cabins and lodges for a more upscale stay.
Arkansas State Parks offers camping discounts for senior citizens and U.S. citizens with 100% total and permanent disability.
Arkansas campgrounds discounts
Arkansas State Parks offer Arkansas seniors, 62 and older the following discounts:
- 50% discount on campsites -Sunday - Thursday
- 25% discount on campsites -weekends
Out-of-state seniors receive a 25% discount on camping Sunday - Thursday and no discount on weekends. A current driver’s license is acceptable as proof for seniors. Please keep in mind the discount is good for campsites only and does not apply towards yurts, cabins, or equipment rentals.
U.S. Citizens with 100% total and permanent disability will receive a 50% discount on campsite fees year-round. The discount to disabled citizens does not apply to Rental Camping Facility Options. Current written proof of 100% total and permanent disability is required.
Proof of disability must be in the form of a letter from the VA, private doctor, Railroad Retirement, or Civil Service dated within the last 2 years and must state you are 100% permanently disabled, or an Arkansas license plate beginning with the letters “DV” or “DAV”. We also accept the America the Beautiful Access Pass issued by the National Park Service as proof of disability. You may request an Access Pass by calling 888-275-8747 or going to http://www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm.
Note: When making reservations online or by phone, there will not be an option to process a discount for your reservation. When you arrive at the park to check in please provide your proof of eligibility. The park staff will apply the discount.
Arkansas State Parks does not charge a fee for visiting the parks. No charge is ever charged for entering the park and enjoying the trails, picnic areas, and playgrounds and most events are free of charge to park guests and the public; a few select programs have a nominal fee. There are some admission fees for specific facilities (ex: Crater of Diamonds search area, Ozark Folk Center music auditorium and Craft Village, etc.) and a fee for camping, cabin or lodge rental, pavilion rental, swimming pools/beaches where lifeguards are on duty and boat rentals.