27 Parks near Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
Jul 2016 - $30.00
We loved staying at the Gulpha Gorge Campground. Our full hookup site was a nice size and we felt like we had plenty of room even during the July 4th weekend. We did arrive early and scope out a spot where someone was leaving since the park was full that weekend. We ended up staying about 5 days and hiking the trails. I wish we'd been able to get a site on the river...maybe next time.
The sites didn't have fire rings, but did have grills. The bathrooms (no showers) were serviceable and smelled clean enough, but the wall could have used a good scrubbing to remove dust, mold and cobwebs. - BarefootGypsy
May 2016 - $15.00
This is first come, no reservations and a holiday, so site selection was limited. Our site was downhill slope but we were good. We like the quiet here; our second stay. We had full hookup which to us is unusual in a National Park. While sites are close, we did not notice. Some road noise. - 1coloradan
May 2016 - $10.00
$10 for site without hookups. Great NPS campground with easy access to the trail network and downtown Hot Springs. There were two hosts alternating shifts during peak season, plus regular patrols by rangers. As others have said, no showers on site so use your rig or head to Bathhouse Row. Both hookup and tent sites are available along the creek, and they are also the farthest back from the highway. - RVNed
Jun 2016 - $36.00
We only stayed here overnight as we were on our way to Indiana. Park was fine for that, as water pressure and voltage were good. We would stay here again if in the area. We had a long gravel pull-through which was level. - zrxh14
Jun 2016 - $35.00
Small park in good location to Bath House Row. My space was on the creek, which was great. Gravel and grass space,paved drive. Hookups in correct area. Very good cable TV. Maybe the best Wi-Fi of anywhere we have stayed. Owner is wonderful,very helpful! He made our stay a lot of fun.
Only negative is some highway noise , so get a space as far back as possible. - Joel Patterson
Sep 2015 - $35.00
This is an ok park. Sites are fairly close together, but I've seen worse. It's right by the highway, but the noise isn't as bad as I would've expected. The wi-fi is pretty good...better than most, and the Verizon signal is strong. The grounds were clean enough. There's ample grassy space to walk your dog. Didn't use the restroom or shower so can't comment. Now for the downside. The only reason we came here for the night instead of staying at one of the wonderful, cheap Corp of Engineers sites was to do laundry and the laundry room was very disappointing. Two small washers and dryers and a couple straight chairs and that was it. Lousy lighting so it was tough to detect stains to pre-treat and no table at all to sort or fold clothes. The washers were only a dollar, but since they were pretty small I needed five loads. The dryers were also a dollar each. I didn't time them, but I had to use about five or six cycles to dry everything and you can't add money for extra time so if you only need a few more minutes to dry something you still have to add a dollar.
The other thing that irked me was that the posted charge was $34/night and they give a Good Sam discount, but I was still charged $35. The 10% discount should have brought the charge down to $30.40 before tax so that equaled $4.60 tax...15% tax? So I asked the guy what the tax rate there was and he refused to tell me! He said he wouldn't discuss it because it makes him so mad and would just make me mad too because it was so high. Huh? I don't think he was deliberately trying to rip me off, so either the tax really IS that high or he didn't calculate it right. Either way I thought it was very unprofessional behavior to not give me an itemized receipt and an explanation of the tax. I know this is the way it is when dealing with some of these "ma & pa" operations, but I really prefer to deal with people who run their businesses in a professional manner. Probably wouldn't stay here again. - Pdxjoanne
Sep 2016 - $35.00
This KOA >>IS NOT<< your typical flat gravel parking lot. This one is situated on a hill and the sites are well spaced and shaded. There appear to be quite a few long term guests judging by the detritus near their rigs. But it does not really detract from the ambiance as the 'mess' is not haphazard.
The local area scenery is attractive, although the town has a slightly run-down aura - not bad, but it appears to be not as prosperous as the city father's might wish.
My visit was later in September and the daytime temps combined with the humidity made me seek a place with 50A electrical service for the AC. My site, A14, was at the very top of the campground and the best compliment I can give is that I could stay here long-term were it not for family obligations further east.
The Wi-Fi is adequate. My criteria for good Wi-Fi is whether Google maps loads 'reasonably' quickly. It does. Barely.
AT&T cell covered is outstanding as their tower is on the SE corner of the property. - Retired-n-Roamin
Jul 2016 - $44.00
Stayed here two nights before moving to the Gulpha Gorge NPS campground because we wanted the convenience having a reservation after a long drive. The staff was super-helpful, and it was handy to have someone guide us to our site.
It was hot, so we didn't spend much time outside, a good thing since the site was pretty narrow and just long enough for our camper and truck. Breakfast at the campground was decent and well-priced. The one thing that seemed off in general was the water. There was a very strange taste to it--odd since we were in the Hot Springs area where the water is good, in general. - BarefootGypsy
Jul 2016 - $38.00
This is a tightly spaced park with limited parking for your tow vehicle. Lots of shade trees in all areas except the large pull through sites. Utility hookup was convenient and worked well. I did not use the Wifi because I use my own AT&T cell phone for internet and the signal was very good. There is a lack of maintenance showing especially at the pool and mini-golf but we used both of these amenities anyway. The catch and release fishing was great fun for our young grandkids. The fish were about 3 to 6 inches long and would bite as quickly as the hook could be baited and dropped in the water. I only stay at this koa because of its location (very close to Magic Springs and downtown Hot Springs) and the activities & amenities for kids. Although I was on one of the widest sites, there was just enough room to get 1 vehicle off of the road and still have adequate room around the picnic table and fire ring. - minidilbert
Jul 2010 - $28.00
I would stay again, if I were to return to the Hot Springs area. The Good: Very easy and close access to Hot Springs. Friendly staff. Sites are pretty level and gravel. Plenty of shade. Not crowded Quiet Wi-Fi and Cable TV were both great. The Bad: Not an attractive park at all. Sites are kind of small. Our 35 foot barely fit into our spot, and parking our truck was a little difficult. Access to the lake is not good, unless you have a boat. Most of the campers in the park appear to be long term, and many of the campers appeared empty. Sort of has a mobile home park feel, and didn't seem like camping. - Olmedic
Jun 2007 - $28.00
You'd think that will all of the amenities this place would be a camper's paradise. Think again. Dirty, noisy and ill-mannered and ill-tempered staff. This was their big motorcycle week and those people were friendly and helpful. Had the staff, particularly the management, been friendly and helpful we could have overlooked the issues. We planned on staying two weeks but left after 2 nights. This is a place sorely in need of new management. Ask any question about the area, restaurants, attractions and shopping and get a finger pointing to a rack and a surely comment like, "There, if you know how to read." I do know how to read and this shows I know how to write as well. - Mr. Camper
Jun 2006 - $25.00
Good one for visiting the Hot Springs area. Easy to find off 270 by-pass. Easy to navigate and quiet park. Well worth the money. - tbax46
Sep 2016 - $54.00
The park is beautiful. I rode my mountain bike in the park and on some trails they had around the park. Great places to walk my dog. Very nice park, I would stay there again!!! - TJ traveling
Sep 2016 - $60.00
First this was the most expensive place we have stayed at. That being said it is a beautiful Very clean park. Nice wide asphalt roads, concrete pads. Ours was not quite level, sloped down to the river but not bad. Ours was a "water front" site, so more money. But we had some shade, the pull throughs in the middle of the park have zero shade. Lots of elbow room between sites. Our truck was angled up to the road when the trailer was where I wanted it. We were 50 amp and it worked fine. Water was good. Cable tv, mmm , not great , snowy, but it was there. I believe they use satellite. Wifi is slow but was very reliable. At&T cell service is one bar, maybe 2 if you act like a scare crow... The employees were nice. The fellow campers were the best we have ever experienced ! Very friendly and nice, but not overly so. I think everybody we met walking the dogs said hello with a smile. Talked to our neighbors from TX and AL alot. This I would say is a 'higher' end rv park, but by no means snooty... They have boat rentals, zip lines, hiking trails, but we didn't use them. Maybe next time. Overall we really liked it. Lots of grass to walk the dogs, (on leash of course) and a "ok" fenced dog park. The web site says its on Lake Catherine, but its actually a decent size river. Several places on the bank to fish if so inclined. Unless you like hilly winding roads with very narrow bridges, stay off Hwy 7 coming from the north. You Do Not want to meet a log truck on those bridges... - DaneDad76
Jul 2016 - $40.00
The park was clean and pleasant. We enjoyed the pool. - Txbaro
Feb 2013 - $35.00
I enjoyed this park, however some of the tenants within this park looked too permanent. They had belongings all around their RV. If I had to stay here again, I would go back. I would just like to be placed farther away from these sites. - AJ's
May 2009 - $25.00
Well marked, easy access from I30 Westbound from Little Rock. Paved interior roads, gravel sites, terrific views! Very nice clubhouse, with home baked treats. Very friendly and helpful staff. Designed and built to be "big rig friendly", even back-in sites are easy to access. You can always tell a campground, designed and built by campers. This is on our A list. Rig is 32'. - Dale-from-NC
Mar 2009 - $25.00
A small campground area in a wooded area. A small unisex bathroom and shower on-site. The sites are not level and required about a 12 inch rise on the front wheels of our 30ft Motorhome. Access to the sites to backup a motorhome is tight. Although the campground is just off the highway it was remarkably quite. We were the only unit at the park when we visited in March. Overall a very nice RV area if you like a quite secluded wooded area. - Harold_J
Oct 2013 - $32.00
Rate reflects Good Sam discount for a water site. Sites 69-73 look down the lake (68 has an impaired view). The other "water sites" face a narrow inlet and are not as nice a view. Very well maintained park; wide, level, gravel spaces, wide paved roads. The Internet was SLOW all the time, and did not have enough bandwidth to allow streaming during evening hours. Would have rated an 8 except for the inadequate Internet. Decent dog area. Adjacent highway did not disturb sleep. No cable TV available for short term stays. - LoneWolf
Oct 2011 - $25.00
Make sure you use the Albert Pike (Hwy 270W) address if using a GPS. New Magellan took us to the locked back gate on Thorton Ferry Road and what a mess to get turned around. Very quiet as off season and cool weather. Lake view was nice and were to tired to walk to showers so stayed in. - Charles66
May 2010 - $40.00
This is the third time we have stayed there. It is under new management, and they were friendly. Lake Hamilton is a fun lake with beautiful homes. This park is close to Hot Springs, and really good restaurants. There is a good seafood/Cajun restaurant within walking distance. It is safe to turn into, and the interior roads are good. There is not much shade, but there are trees planted that have grown a lot since we stayed there a few years ago. - reddie
Aug 2016 - $32.00
What a cute little park. Lots of attention to detail here. Great wifi. Not a lot of cable channels to choose from, but we have satellite, so no big deal. - TXTread
Apr 2016 - $30.00
Park is close to town, it's pretty much no frills , lime stone drive and pads, not much grass and what there is has many many stickers. WiFi works well , cable is good enough , there were enough channels to watch.
Not much to do other than sit outside your camper etc.
Dog park is adequate but small, didn't use the facilities but assume they are ok. We paid 30$ per night which may be a little too high for this park in my opinion. Full hookups, overall a decent park quiet but sort of small. - Usaerrb19
Apr 2016 - $32.00
Cleanest restrooms anywhere. Easy to find and easy to park in very nice, back in sites. Well defined and nice grassy area between sites. The wifi preforms well. Nice park. - Bruce and Janette
Jul 2008 - $30.00
The RV park has a beautiful setting right on the water and we enjoyed swimming. The problem is the park has been neglected and is run down. All the concrete pads are crumbling and all the wood docks next to the water are rotting. I talked to one of the campers who has a timeshare out there and he told me the place went through bankruptcy a few years back and is now under new ownership (Clearwater). They seem to be trying to do some repairs to some of the rv sites but they have a long ways to go to bring it up to a suitable park again. If you are at a RV site their is no cable or wireless internet unless you are parked right next to the office. We were down the hill next to the water but had no TV or internet. This is a real beautiful setting but has been severly neglected. Hopefully the new owners will give it the care it needs. - kwshort
Jun 2007 - $30.00
Narrow entrance. Low hanging limbs over the access roads and over the sites. I could not park my 40 foot Motorhome on the pad because of low hanging limbs. - Gemini