Talk about natural beauty, and Arkansas ranks high on the list of US states in that category to the point that it earned the moniker, “Natural State.” No wonder so many people leave their home states to go on adventures in the scenic mountains of Arkansas for camping, photoshoots, hiking, rockhounding, and many other adventures.
If you’re looking to visit the state, or you live there and want a new place for camping, here are 16 of the best state parks in Arkansas for renting a cabin.
Table of Contents
- 1. Cossatot River State Park
- 2. Petit Jean State Park
- 3. DeGray Lake Resort State Park
- 4. Lake Catherine State Park
- 5. Lake Fort Smith State Park
- 6. Crowley’s Ridge State Park
- 7. Davidsonville Historic State Park
- 8. Devil’s Den State Park
- 9. Mount Nebo State Park
- 10. Village Creek State Park
- 11. Crater of Diamonds State Park
- 12. Cane Creek State Park
- 13. Mount Magazine State Park
- 14. Delta Heritage Trail State Park
- 15. Logoly State Park
- 16. Daisy State Park
- Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)
In the vicinity of the National Wild and picturesque Cossatot River lies the state park, which stretches for 12 kilometers. When consistent rainfall boosts the watershed, the river generates Cossatot Falls, a steep gorge with Class IV rapids for skilled canoe and kayak enthusiasts.
You’ll find clean and spacious picnic areas, bathrooms, and river access available at Brushy Creek Recreation Area. There are six sites at the Cossatot Falls region, fifteen in the Sandbar area, and two in Ed Banks with no hookups. Over in River Ridge, the Group Camp has a rustic site with no power or water and a group camping facility with river access(must be reserved), grill, fire pit, pavilion, and most importantly, restrooms.
Hikers can choose from four picturesque pathways totaling over 20 miles in length. A wildlife observation hall, a meeting space, exhibits, and a gift store await you in the visitor center. Access year-round interpretive activities and call or visit online for camping reservations and group facilities. At [email protected], you may rent tents, tent sites, and group campers.
The Park has multiple walking trails, a myriad of activities, and lots of nearby amenities.
Petit Jean State Park was Arkansas’ first state park, and it was the spark that sparked the current state park system. The park has developed significantly since the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built it on the mountain in 1933 to accommodate the growing number of visitors it receives each season.
Petit Jean Mountain, the park’s centerpiece, is well-known in Arkansas for its fascinating trails and waterfalls. Bluffs, caves, canyons, and other vital geological features you’ll have to experience to understand and appreciate. This park necessitates numerous visits because there is too much to see in one camping trip, and you can rent a Yurt.
If you want to make a longer journey, Mather Lodge has 24 rooms with views of Cedar Creek Canyon, 33 cabins scattered along the cliff, and 125 campsites in the vicinity.
You’ll find Arkansas’ resort state park located on the banks of lovely DeGray Lake, near Hot Springs and Little Rock. Year-round, you’ll discover first-rate hotels and services, as well as outdoor fun and adventure. DeGray Lake Resort has a 96-room lodge with a conference center on an island just off the shore; 81 Class B campsites and three Rent-A-Yurts; an 18-hole championship golf course with driving range, practice green, and pro shop; disc golf; swimming; tennis; and hiking trails and guided horseback riding in the park, as well as world-class mountain biking trails nearby. Bait and tackle, fuel, and boat rentals, including party barges, kayaks, and pedal boats, are available at the full-service marina.
The lodge features a conference center, heated pool, indoor hot tub, exercise area, and more, as well as breathtaking views of DeGray Lake. The Shoreline Restaurant at the lodge serves a full menu and banquet catering services for groups and special requests. Corporations can hold retreats, weddings, and reunions in the 300-seat conference center and breakout meeting rooms. This park takes pleasure in giving the most outstanding service and hospitality for weddings and gatherings. DeGray’s amenities include swimming beaches, boat launches, pavilions, bicycle rentals, and an amphitheater.
Sunset cruises, snorkeling outings, guided hikes, birding tours, and other educational activities are among the attractions. Throughout the year, outdoor classes and special events are held, including winter Eagle Watch Tours on DeGray Lake. The Iron Mountain Trail System is close by and organizes many events throughout the year for mountain bikers fresh to the area. If you’re racing or riding in town, DeGray Lake Resort State Park is a great spot to stay.
Visit the Escape Room for a mind-boggling, sensory-stimulating, and unique experience. To escape the chamber, you and your team will have 60 minutes to find clues, hunt for hidden items, and solve puzzles. Feel the adrenaline rush as you study, explore, and interact in a state park setting.
This tranquil park sits on Lake Catherine, one of the Ouachita Mountain region’s five lakes. The park is home to the lake’s only full-service marina, open in the summer for bait, snacks/drinks, and gasoline. Throughout the year, you can rent a boat. A launch ramp, pavilion, picnic areas, playgrounds, and a well-marked walk that leads to a waterfall are all available in the park.
There are 20 wholly equipped cabins in the park, including one two-bedroom cottage with a patio facing the water and its fishing pier. There are also other natural stone and wood structures on the property. These structures date back to the 1930s.
Seventy campsites, of which 47 are Triple A-Class and the others are Class B. You can also select from six primitive tent sites, one Rent-A-Camp, and one Rent-A-Yurt at the park. Many of these locations sit near the water’s edge. Year-round, park interpreters lead hikes, lake tours, and events. Seasonal guided equestrian rides are available.
This gorgeous, well-maintained park in the Boston Mountain Valley of the Ozarks offers camping, fishing, kayaking, hiking, and mountain biking along the shores of Lake Fort Smith. It is the western terminus of the 240-mile Ozark Highlands Trail for trekkers.
The park has 30 campsites (20 Class AAA and 10 Class B), ten cabins, a swimming pool, a marina with boat rentals, a pavilion, picnic areas, and group facilities such as a dining hall and two group lodges with full kitchens.
A reproduction pioneer log cabin and covered wagon, as well as displays and lectures on the area’s early history, are housed at the visitor center. Throughout the year, park interpreters guide guests on nature treks and lake cruises. (The park prohibits swimming, water skiing, stand-up paddleboarding, and jet skiing.)
Crowley’s Ridge State Park, hovering over the lush green hills of Northeast Arkansas, is home to a distinct geological structure with an abundant chronology. The rustic character of this park comes from the native log and stone structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.
Campers have the options of bunk and duplex cabins (five and four respectively) equipped with cooking facilities and furnaces. There’s another cabin that is more rustic that also has a kitchen, picnic areas, hiking trails, pavilions, a 31-acre fishing lake, and a 3.5-acre swimming area, eighteen Class B campsites and eight tent sites, picnic areas, hiking trails, pavilions, and a 31-acre fishing lake. Rentals for fishing boats, kayaks, and pedal boats are available at the park. The park is nine miles west of Paragould on US 412, then two miles south on US 168.
Crowley’s Ridge State Park’s full-service cabins feature all the conveniences tourists need for a pleasant getaway. Our cabins offer satellite television, heat and air conditioning, and fully equipped kitchens with cookware, linen, and dishes.
At Davidsonville, Arkansas’ first post office and one of the state’s earliest courthouses, frontier history, and modern-day recreation collide. You’ll only see little of Davidsonville’s history above ground; excavations are still discovering streets, foundations, and relics. Because the park borders the Black River and a fishing lake, fishing is a popular pastime. Rentable pedal boats are available.
A model 1820s hunter-trapper flatboat, an audio tour, and a display of historical items from archeological digs are all part of the new visitor center. The features include trails, picnic spots, and a freshly rebuilt campground with 20 campsites.
Another 1930s CCC project, Devil’s Den, is one of the most well-preserved CCC sites in the country, which is understandable. Yellow Rock Trail, one of the state’s most famous vistas, has been featured in movies, nature photography, and periodicals.
Hikers and backpackers will find a set of ledges that hover over rolling hills on this trail. The rock formations are one-of-a-kind in color and shape, making for a great photo opportunity. Many more attractions within the park are must-sees whether you’re there for the first time or the hundredth.
The Devil’s Den Dam, caves, the Ozark National Forest, and pretty much any of the rock formations strewn throughout are all worth seeing. Cabins and campsites are both available within the park if you want to stay awhile. Take in a sunrise or several!
Although the trip up is a little challenging due to tight turns, the journey down gives you an adrenaline rush. This mountain is a popular destination for motorbike riders who want to climb up and watch the dawn or sunset from opposite sides of the 1,350-foot-tall structure. Mount Nebo is a sight to behold, whether on motorcycles, bicycles, vehicles, or foot.
Cabins and campsites built by the CCC provide spectacular views of the Arkansas River Valley below. Just remember that sharing is caring, and deer families may want to join you in watching the sunrise.
Village Creek State Park spans 7,000 acres and is ripe for exploration. Thirty-three miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding paths are available, as well as campgrounds for both humans and horses. There are 66 stalls in the equestrian campgrounds, with all the facilities your equine family members require.
They recently remodeled the Village Creek’s cabins to provide a more modern outdoor experience. The park also has an Andy Dye-designed golf course, the Ridges at Village Creek, which adds to the luxury. The course includes a full-service clubhouse with everything a golfer may require.
The park notes that the soil in the Crowley’s Ridge part of the state is distinct from other types. Therefore some trails may close when rainy to protect the trails’ condition.
Crater of Diamonds State Park is a rock-hounding paradise that attracts campers from every end of the country. Bring your tools and begin sifting through the 37-acre field.
What was once a volcanic crater is now a popular tourist destination for visitors from throughout the world. With more than 33,100 diamonds discovered since the park’s inception in 1972, Arkansas is one of the few areas where the public can search for diamonds near their source.
Don’t be disappointed if you don’t locate a diamond the size of the 40.23-carat Uncle Sam or the 15.33-carat Star of Arkansas, though it’s not impossible to find. Whatever the case may be, there are plenty of jewels to be seen and kept!
After you’ve gotten your hands dirty, take a walk in the park, have a picnic, or go rockhounding again after some rest and leisure.
Have you ever longed to see two different parts of the country at the same time? Cane Creek State Park, located in the Mississippi Delta and the Coastal Plain, allows you to do so. There’s something for everyone and always something to do with vistas like Cane Creek Lake, Bayou Bartholomew (the world’s longest bayou), and the vast grasslands.
Cane Creek not only has hiking paths, but they also have a kayak trail for people to enjoy. The track features a paddle past both dead and alive cypress trees, as well as water lilies that will guide you through the lake if you visit during the summer. Along the route, say hello to the wildlife, which includes beavers burrowing into the logs.
We may not be as tall as other mountains in the country, but at 2,753 feet, Mt. Magazine is the highest point in the state. Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and ATVs are all available on nine trails in this magnificent state park to explore different regions of the mountain and environs.
Mt. Magazine is one of two parks that offer hang-glide launch locations if ground exploration isn’t your thing. The Lodge at Mt. Magazine features suites and cabins with magnificent views of the mountain, whether you’re exhausted from your trip or want to remain for another day of beauty.
Do you want to take your family camping? For your s’mores and stargazing needs, the park provides 18 campsites. Whether you’re traveling up the mountain for a day trip or a more extended stay, the Skycrest Restaurant will satisfy your appetite with wonderful meals and breathtaking views of the Petit Jean River Valley and Blue Mountain Lake.
All cyclists, take note: this is the trail for you! The park expects its completed rail-to-trail project to be a massive 84.5-mile stretch incorporating several courses, with 44.4 miles of trail available for usage.
In other words, you’ll need a map to discover the ideal trailhead for you and the hike you plan to do that day, and happily, a Geo-Enhanced map for cellphones can be obtained.
With such a long journey ahead of you, there will be plenty of geological features and fauna to see. Take a walk or ride your bike around this beautiful part of the state!
Logoly State Park is a great place to take the kids if you want to get them outside. Take them to the first environmental state park in Arkansas. Logoly is a 370-acre park with mineral springs, a verdant forest, and some of the region’s most magnificent plant species. This park in south Arkansas includes plenty of areas for picnicking and playing on the playground. The visitor center offers a wide range of interactive educational activities for kids to learn more about the park and Arkansas’ natural wonders.
Lake Greeson and the Little Missouri River are gorgeous in the beautiful Ouachita Mountains, making them a popular outdoor recreation destination. Daisy State Park, located on Lake Greeson, is a popular spot for fishing and kayaking, with rentals available.
Views of beautiful rock formations that you might not otherwise see are available on lake trips. In the spring, the Little Missouri River provides excellent trout fishing as well as good floatation. ATV riding on the Bear Cycle Trail is one of the other activities available.
Daisy is close to Crater of Diamonds State Park, which is a fantastic day trip from your campground. Three YURTs, 100 campsites (26 Class A, 56 Class B, and 18 tent sites), picnic spots, a gazebo, launch ramps, and a playground are among the amenities available.
Q. What Type of Campsites Are in Arkansas?
A. The Arkansas campgrounds range from rustic hike-in tent sites to high-end campgrounds with easy access and modern amenities for RV campers such as water, electricity, and sewer hookups. You can access modern facilities with hot showers and flush toilets at most Arkansas campgrounds.
Q. What are the group camping options?
A. Many parks offer dedicated group camping areas; for further information or to arrange a reservation, contact park officials.
Q. What about pets?
A. Dogs are welcome on the campgrounds as long as they are on a leash. If you plan on staying in a YURT, Rent-an-RV, or camper cabin, please verify with the park directly before making your reservation, as some of their unique lodging choices do not allow dogs.