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
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
Jun 2016 - $43.00
We stayed at the Hot Springs National Park KOA for five nights in June.
Note: this is the KOA in Hot Springs, Arkansas. There is another KOA named "Hot Springs KOA" which is in South Dakota.
Due to tire troubles on our way we arrived just as the office was closing at 7:00 PM.
They were just about to post our late arrival instructions as we pulled in.
Despite our late arrival they had someone sticking around to show us to our campsite.
This KOA is literally cut into the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains.
The roads are hilly but we didn't have any trouble maneuvering with our 39 foot fifth wheel.
Some of the campsites are terraced which gives a little more privacy.
We stayed in site L2.
This was one of five or six sites without as many trees as some other areas. When we made our reservations the area was described as "great for satellites."
It rained on and off on four of the six days we were there.
Fishing is allowed in their small pond. We saw several people fishing between rain showers but we didn't try.
The pool looked nice, and several kids seem to be enjoying it between showers.
The National Park (downtown) is just a few miles away. Since we had read that parking can be a challenge we used the KOA's shuttle on two of the days we were there. The shuttle cost $5.00 per person and is available on demand.
They also have a site seeing tour, which is free, but they require a minimum of four people.
They serve breakfast on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. They advertise a "full menu" but we didn't try it.
They seemed to have more tent sites than other KOA's we have visited.
The playground was situated on quite a large grassy meadow which looked perfect for active kids.
The average rate of $42.68 reflects a VKR discount. - KCTexas
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
Jul 2016 - $45.00
Stellar RV experience!
This campsite is all that the website promises - spacey campsites, grill pits, picnic tables, excellent pool area, wonderful pool and guest facilities, right on the water and surrounded by trees, although there were no trees on the campsites. It is close to Hot Springs, so it can easily be used as a base to tour the area, but it is nice enough to just settle in and enjoy the campsite. - PBW
Jun 2016 - $42.00
A beautiful place. It is on the shore of Lake Hamilton with a boat ramp in the park. Easy check-in, well marked roads. Very impressive park. Staff was excellent, and the area was very clean. They offer trash pick up twice daily. The angled sites are very easy to get back into. This is a great place to stay while visiting Hot Springs. - Okie Boomers
Jun 2016 - $51.00
This was our second stay @ Catherine's landing, both stays June '15 and '16 were excellent. Very pretty, clean, and just a pleasant place to stay. Each visit we were attending our family reunion so I look forward next year to going a few days early to just enjoy the park. I did notice they are adding things each year. This year they had added new trees next to some of the sites and the disc golf was open. - snowstormelf
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