Date of Stay: July, 2011
Great park. The water playground in the campground is great and the comfort station is very clean. There is very little shade. My complaint is that the State of Louisiana never finished the nature center. There is a beautiful, two year old visitor’s center building sitting there with no exhibits and cobwebs hanging on the doors. Also, I did not see any bears.
Date of Stay: July, 2011
My first experience with an Arkansas State Park Campground. First, the positives. The AAA campsites in Area A are above average. Our campsite had a asphalt parking pad with a very stable picnic table and crushed limestone/concrete camping area. The Negatives: The cleaning crew only visited the comfort station once a morning. Also, the comfort station was NOT comfortable at all. in 100 degree heat, there was no A/C or fans in any of the comfort stations. There is no Wi-Fi. (Spoiled with LA State Parks). I was also surprised that there were no controls at night to keep unregistered guest out of the park. (Again, spoiled with LA state parks). Overall, I was very pleased with the campsite; however, very disappointed with the comfort stations.
Date of Stay: May, 2011
Great park for the family. Excellent trails, great beach, and a beautiful boardwalk over the marsh. The campsites are very functional and the new water park is excellent to wash the kids off after time at the beach. The nature center is also great with a very friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Date of Stay: July, 2010
Large beautiful state park. The only negative I found was that the campsites are not well kept. I had to clean broken glass, burnt upholstery, and other trash out of the fire ring and pit just to use them. I rated this park a 7 because of the un-kept campsite. Since they charge a fee for these sites, they should make sure they are well kept for the campers. The pool is large, great fishing piers available, and a very nice playground area. We stayed in the South Loop. Most of the sites I found were level in the loops. If you are on the main road through the south loop, watch out for the unlevel pads and sites where you have to walk down a steep hill to your pit/fire ring. We drove to the north loop. There is a very nice Comfort Station there. The only laundry facility in the park is in the North Loop; 4 mile drive from the South Loop. Finally, our site did not have a 50 amp connection so be prepared.
Date of Stay: June, 2010
Awesome park. Clean, well maintained, and the camp sites are all equipped with a grill, fire ring, and lantern post. All sites are paved and most have a wood deck which is great. Hwy. 1037 is in terrible condition. An easier and shorter way to access the park is from Exit 29 on I-12. Take Hwy. 441 south to the end. Turn right on Hwy. 42 for about a mile. Turn left on Firetower Road. Firetower road turns into Hwy. 1037 (Blood River Rd). Although there are several curves on the road and it is narrow, the road is very smooth with no traffic. Patterson Road will be on the right (about 5 miles after turning off of Hwy. 42).
Date of Stay: May, 2010
This is a smaller state park; however, it is very functional with all of the attractions within walking distance of each other. Several of the loop sites are difficult to back into because of the narrow road, steep drop off, and wood post. This park is located in the middle of the Basin so expect to deal with more flying insects than usual. Also, unless you are a real outdoorsmen, I would suggest avoiding the longer hiking trails during the summer months. The horseflies are a constant nag and you really cannot enjoy your hike or bike ride. Strong Deet repeliant helps; but does not keep them from hitting you in the head. The water park is great and the nature center visit is a must.