5 Gorgeous Beach Campsites in Arkansas

By Kerrie Johnston

5 Gorgeous Beach Campsites in Arkansas

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The Natural State affords some seriously stunning spaces in nature. To immerse yourself in its wonder, consider reserving a lakeside campsite. Arkansas’ excellent waterfront campsites allow you to fall asleep to the sound of water gently lapping against the beach. Spend the night star gazing, watching as the moonlight twinkles against the shimmering water. Does it get more heavenly than that? Here are five gorgeous waterfront campsites in the state. 

1. Lake Catherine State Park

Nestled in the natural beauty of the Ouachita Mountains, Lake Catherine State Park is a gorgeous spot for lakeside camping. This popular 1,940-acre Diamond Lake in West-Central Arkansas features CCC/Rustic-style facilities constructed of native stone and wood in the 1930s. Lake Catherine State Park features 20 cabins with fully-equipped kitchens and most have wood-burning fireplaces. 

2. Lake Dardanelle Campground, Russellville, AR

Lake Dardanelle is an expansive, 34,300-acre reservoir on the Arkansas River that is surrounded by the natural beauty for which the Arkansas River Valley is known. Lake Dardanelle offers two areas on the lake: one park site is at Russellville and the other is located at nearby Dardanelle. You’ll find great camping sites at both of these locations. The Russellville site also features a 10,527-square-foot visitor center on the lakeshore that overlooks Lake Dardanelle. 

3. Lake Ouachita State Park

Located just a short drive from America’s Spa City of Hot Springs, Lake Ouachita State Park is a gateway for water sports and camping. Lake Ouachita, named one of the cleanest lakes in America, is surrounded by the breathtaking Ouachita National Forest. The pristine waters of this 40,000-acre lake form the largest manmade lake within Arkansas’ borders. Lake Ouachita State Park campgrounds feature 58 Class AAA, 23 Class D, and 12 walk-in tent sites. 

4. Lake Wedington Campground

Lake Wedington is well-loved among visitors who want to kick back and fish the day away, race along well-maintained bike paths, or stay overnight in a lakeside cabin. The space offers multiple cabins and other campsites, as well as picnic areas dotting the edge of the lake. This will make for a memorable camping experience. 

5. Lake Charles State Park

Lake Charles State Park features 23 Class AAA and 37 Class B campsites, two rent-an-RV sites, and one rent-a-yurt site. The proximity to picnic sites, hiking trails, a standard pavilion, swimming beach, and playground area for the kids, make this a great site for the whole family. During the summer months, guests can choose from a variety of interpretative programs including guided kayak tours and barge lake tours. 

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