Whether we’re on the trail, a gravel bar or in a state park, some of our most memorable moments happen in camp.There’s something about a crackling fire, sky full of stars and the laughter of friends that just can’t be found anywhere else. To help you find it we’ve put together a very small sampling of the thousands of places The Natural State offers those in search of a unique camping adventure.
You may notice some of the information is less specific than you’ve come to expect from The Gram. This isn’t because we’re lazy or in a hurry to get going on our next adventure, and it’s not because we want to keep you in the dark. It’s because our public lands are being overwhelmed, too often by folks who don’t understand the dos and don’ts of ethical outdoor recreation. We’re not talking about you. If you’re spending time with us you care about doing things the right way, but one of Arkansas Adventuregram’s guiding principles is to provide enough information to motivate and inspire and let our friends take it from there. So – read, click, plan and dream, and we’ll…………..
See you out there!
Arkansas State Parks The state parks system is one of The Natural State’s best assets. Our parks are the envy of border states, and we can tell you from personal experience they are amazing. https://www.arkansasstateparks.co
National Forest Recreation Areas Arkansas boasts many US Forest Service camping areas ranging from established campgrounds with RV pads to free dispersed car camping and walk in backcountry sites.
Ouachita National Forest https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/ouachita/recreation/camping-cabins
Ozark – St Francis National Forest https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/osfnf/recreation/camping-cabins/?cid=stelprdb5252171
Ouachita Trail Shelters Did you know you can embark on a multi-day hike without having to carry a tent? Thanks to the folks at Friends of the Ouachita Trail (FOOT) there are strategically placed shelters that make just such an adventure possible.
Buffalo River Corridor There’s a good chance you’re already familiar with the campgrounds on the Buffalo, but did you know there are also nearly infinite opportunities for primitive camping away from the herds? All you need is a little creativity, a little extra effort and minimal gear (and possibly a boat). There are hundreds of miles of trails, all of which are open to primitive camping (please practice Leave No Trace ethics), and any gravel bar not within half a mile of an access is fair game. Drop us a line if you’d like to learn more, and be sure to read our eBook Float Camping 101 if you’re interested in camping on a gravel bar. We promise you’ll be glad you did! https://www.nps.gov/buff/planyourvisit/camping.htm
We didn’t forget you, swampers. Thanks to The Nature Conservancy, Arkansas Canoe Club, Arkansas Game and Fish’s Arkansas Water Trails initiative and hundreds of volunteer hours you can choose from floating camp platforms like this one.