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Camping in Arkansas

We're planning to camp for 2 nights and stay in a hotel in Hot Springs for one night in mid-October. THere are so many state parks that I need some help narrowing down the field. We're looking to tent camp but do want showers in the park, do lots of hiking (moderate to difficult), see mountains and water, and maybe rent a canoe or other boat. If we could see some fall foliage, that would be great. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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The camp grounds with showers where I would take visitors would be either Buffalo Point in the Buffalo River National Park www.nps.gov/buff or Petit Jean State Park www.petitjeanstatepark.com. Both campgrounds can get crowded, though you may be okay in mid October, particularly on a week day. The short canoe trip down Arkansas's most beautiful River - the Buffalo - from Buffalo Point to Rush is memorable. Canoes are available for rent nearby. Petit Jean imho is Arkansas's premier state park. Fantastic scenery, great trails, waterfalls and rock formations. There are many other parks of substantial quality but these really stand out. Petit Jean is the closer of the two to Hot Springs if that is a factor.

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While I love hiking at Petit Jean to Cedar Falls, according to their web-site ( www.petitejeanstatepark.com ), the marina servicing the lake's there has already closed. The area is also under-canopy hikes, so not really mountains to see. For fall foliage, the northern part of the state would be your best bet at the time you will be in Arkansas. The Buffalo area will have your canoes/kayaks and nice bluffs for viewing as well as trails to hike. If you decide on the Buffalo area, check out a must-do hike to either Hawksbill Crag or the Lost Valley hike. www.harrison.org/hiking.htm

Mount Nebo and Mount Magazine (2nd one is the tallest peak in the state) both have great hikes that are rim-type views. You can see Lake Dardanelle from Mt. Nebo, but the Buffalo really is a great canoe area. Mount Magazine has Blue Lake, but I believe it is difficult to get down to the lake. Also, doesn't have boat rentals. However, the mountain-top panoramic views and sunset/sunrises are amazing at either mountain. www.arkansasstateparks.com/mountnebo www.mountmagazinestatepark.com

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Flame, Lost Valley is dynamite, but they are looking for campground with showers - last time I was at Lost Valley there wre no showers and of course Hawkbill has none. There are some forest service campgrounds in NW Ar they could commute from. Despite the height and views of Mt Magazine SP, the hikes at Petit Jean are more memorable. The rim rail is great at Nebo but after you've done that, there aren't too many more places to hike. I'd go for Petit Jean or if they want for water, Buffalo Point!

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Meant for them to do a day trip to Lost Valley or Hawksbill from their campground at the Buffalo, not to stay the night there. Distance isn't all that far considering how far they'll have come already.

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Are you wanting to camp near Hot Springs?

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We camp near Hot Springs at Lake Ouachita all the time. Like our second home. We camp at a campground called Denby Point. It is almost to Mt Ida, about 20 miles or so outside of Hot Springs. There are several campgrounds in that area, but this is our favorite. Mountain Harbor has a lodge, but we like Denby for camping. You could go into Hot Springs to get a motel for the night you're talking about. Denby has nice bathrooms, showers and we love it. The fall there is beautiful.

Another area that is great is Lake Catherine State Park. There is a trail that will lead you to a really pretty waterfall if there has been much rain. Another is Charleston Recreation area. It is not a Corps of Engineers park.

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7. Re: Camping in Arkansas

If you want to camp near Hot Springs, Bev_Cal is correct.

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