Date of Stay: September, 2013
We're new to RVing, but this is the best park we've seen so far. We counted 110 sites on the campground map we received at check-in (not available online?). The Reserve America page says 98 in the search results, but 96 on the main page. Seems like they need an update. The location is great, right on the bank of the Arkansas River. It's close to civilization, but doesn't sound like it when you're outside. Most of the spots are fairly level, but we saw a few, especially in the C-loop, that were very inclined and coincidentally empty. There were 4 pull-through spots and 2 back-in spots in the A-loop reserved for UAMS extended stay. The pull-through sites in B weren't restricted. The B-loop has most of the spots that are right on the river. We stayed in D-loop, where 3 driveways each split into 3 separate pads. That makes the fronts of the RVs closer to each other than we've seen before, but it wasn't bad. Most everyone was here for Labor Day weekend like us, but our "driveway mates" in D6 said they'd been there 18 months if I understood correctly. Park policy is to allow 14-day stays, but we noticed yesterday they moved to a different spot to comply with that restriction. The restrooms were clean, but we didn't try the showers. As far as I could tell, none of the sites had sewer hookups, but there were 3 or 4 dump stations in the park. There were at least 5 playgrounds, all of them near the reservable pavilions. The pavilions got used a lot for family reunions during the holiday weekend, but there was no trouble with noise once the sun went down. I slept more each night here than I usually do at home. No Wi-Fi of course, but my Verizon LTE iPad worked great. If this park had a pool or swimming area, it would be my go-to park for the summer (and everyone else's, no doubt). As it is I'm sure we'll be back!
Date of Stay: August, 2013
This was our first shakedown trip in the "bus" after bringing it back from TX the week before. We've camped in RVs, trailers and tents before at other parks. Like good newbies, we got here just in time for the office to close and the sun to go down. There was no map available outside the office, but the spot was easy enough to find. Several of the spots, like ours, are carved into the hill, with a big retaining wall on one side of the pad. That made it tough to back in and find the right position that allowed us to hook up and open the slides. The position that allowed our slide to open without hitting the retaining wall was sloped enough the front wheels came off the ground, a no-no for our coach. In the end, I used some leveling blocks under the front tires and manually lowered the jacks enough to get some stability. The new bathhouse in the middle of the camping loop was hit by lightning and burned down recently. There were portable toilets setup and a new bathhouse was being built. Construction was at reasonable hours and never bothered us. There were some pull-through sites and mostly back-ins, all with varying degrees of level pads. The best sites appeared to be the ADA sites at the top of the hill. If they are available to the general public I'll try to get one next time. They seemed like new, level concrete pads that were very wide and would easily allow a vehicle to park without hampering traffic. Although there's no pool, swimming is available in the lake for a fee. They also have canoes, kayaks and pedal boats for rent. We rented a pedal boat for an hour and then swam the rest of the day. The playground was fun for the kids, as well as the short hiking trail that ended at the Woolly Hollow cabin. Another fact: the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society holds an annual open house on the beach of Woolly Hollow. We've attended before in a car but maybe next time we'll camp and walk over with our telescope. All-in-all a pretty good first trip. We'll be back again.