8.6 Excellent
     
Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground)

Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas



Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
Phone: (501) 620-6715

Sites: 44
Recent Rate: $15 5/2016

Latitude: 34.5241262034843
Longitude: -93.0365863829422

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers no
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground no
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-stream Waterfront Waterfront yes-stream
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek yes
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

43 Reviews

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

This park does not take reservations, but once you are there you can stay up to 14 nights. Beautiful location and a good place to wade in the river. Lot spacing is very close with some shade. Site surfaces are concrete pads featuring a picnic table. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
4
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

If you have any RV issues, Razorback RV is great. Their head tech has been repairing RVs for 30 years and helped us out immensely.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

$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. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
40
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

RV parking is limited around downtown Hot Springs. There is an hourly lot with three pull-through spaces at Spring Street and Central Avenue. Tons of free parking for cars along Exchange Street. The public lot had a 9' height restriction, but smaller Class B's and vans still fit in the spots.

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Review Count: 36
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
26
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Close to town, many hiking trails. The dog and cats love this place.

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Review Count: 48
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

What a gorgeous spot! Campground nestled in a ravine with a babbling creek. No reservations accepted here so you arrive and hope for the best but it is possible to get a lovely campsite backing up to the creek. There are two really wonderful hiking trails over the creek.The creek has both shallow areas and deep pools. It was too cold for swimming when we were there but we saw a lot of wading. We will be back! We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
27
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel, Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Hot Springs is a lovely town with all the major historic sights in a small central area making a walking tour of the promenade a pleasure. If you are really into hiking it is feasible to hike to the town over the ridge as there are well marked trails. Blacksnake road drive is a wonderful challenging drive if you like curves and switchback. (Don't even think of trying that with a trailer!) Another great drive is up to the viewing tower.

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Review Count: 47
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice looking park. Some sites not very level, some would be tight for bigger rigs. Very close to Bathhouse row. Visited in motor home. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
25
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 76
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

We have been here before, the campground is pretty this time of the year, leaves starting to fall. The site are all paved. Most of the sites are shaded. We were on site 27, good Internet and satellite reception. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
27
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

There is a lot of things to do in Hot Springs. We fill up our water jugs with the local water at the various water stations. Some are cold and some are hot.

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Review Count: 44
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

What a beautiful park campground....with full hook ups! And it wasn't full. Pleasant surroundings. Treed spots, creek side spaces, quiet. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
18
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice campground, sites are very close together, but all were well maintained. It was nice having a trail to the observation tower from the campground. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
4
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

Loved this little park that is close to downtown. Nice trails to walk. We had full hook-up, and backed up to a little stream. We will stay here again. Take cash to pay. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 60
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate reflects half price for senior citizen. Pay at an automated machine, which is easy to operate and which is inside a building. But it takes cash only. Most sites are water and electric, fairly well-spaced, and most are level. Some are pretty close to the road, but traffic is light (almost non-existent) at night. We were there for the weekend and almost all the water/electric sites were occupied. Many of the non-hookup sites were available. Nestled in an attractive gorge at the base of a mountain with a pretty little stream next to the campground, and there is a hiking trail (about a mile) which goes up and over to "bathhouse row" on the other side of the mountain. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 78
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

Well maintained campground located right on a creek. Nice hiking trails and views from the mountaintop. The only issues would be no showers in the bathrooms. Only a few sites are open sky enough for a roof mounted satellite antenna to be effective. And, the trees were of some nut variety similar to walnuts or pecans and when they "dump" on the roof, it sounds like shots fired, all day and all night. Camp hosts were very nice and informative. We would not hesitate to stay here any time. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 76
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

Gulpha Gorge is a urban campground next to a highway that takes you into town. The highway has a lot of traffic, but you get used to it. This park is a first come first serve. It has a long walking trail, almost 1 mile long. They have a automated machine that checks you in and takes your money. You need to make sure you have the correct amount when you are paying. There are no showers, but nice bathrooms. Our Verizon works great here. If you are using satellite make sure you dish is mobile. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate reflects National Parks senior pass. Nice campground with full hookups, and plenty of shade. No reservations, and pick out your own site. Get one away from road, as road noise starts early in morning. Also, check level, as some site have a pretty good slope. It also has a picnic area, so there is a lot of non camping traffic. Would definitely stay here again. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

The proximity to downtown Hot Springs is a plus for this campground (5 minutes). Due to sequestration, there is no longer a Park Ranger on site, so there is no access control and transients were a concern to us with young children playing outside. You pay using a machine and while were there it was cash only. There are no showers and the restrooms needed cleaning, so we were glad to have full hookups. Sites are paved, level and are well spaced. No fire rings, but each space has a grill. The large trees and clear spring create a nice ambience, but there is some noise with large trucks downshifting on the nearby road. We enjoyed our stay at this campground and would return. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 330
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 54

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is located at 305 Gorge Road not downtown where the National Park Visitor Center is. There are 39 sites in the park, some of them with full hookups but no showers. There used to be showers here but they were taken out because of abuse from outsiders, and full hookups were put in. It is a pretty campground on the creek where one can cool off. There are modern bath houses and water is available for registered campers. All the sites are back in and there is a size limit posted where you register by machine but the camper next to us put his 35 foot RV in a 25 foot slot including his car which was placed on the grass. It costs $10 a site and $24 for a site with full hookups but with a pass it is half that. The hostess was very helpful and informative. There is a trail about a mile and a half to bathhouse row in town but to drive in it takes about fifteen minutes. There is no parking in town for an RV at the National Park Visitor Center so ask the host for ideas where to park. We parked across from the National Park Administrative Building and on weekends there is no fee, but I asked a police woman and she said there was no parking for RVs at all in town. She was cold and not helpful at all. Needless to say, we waited a few minutes until the visitor center opened up and they said where we were was fine –there are four RV, Bus Tour slots right next to the old visitor center that you can park at. There is a little conflict with the park and the locals because nowhere are there signs that parking is free on weekends so some people were paying. This was a two night stopover for us on a weekend. The hostess told us that it doesn’t always fill up but if you want full hookups and arrive late you might have to pull in to some of the sites that are not level. Good stop. We enjoyed the historic section of Hot Springs and had a nice walking tour by a park ranger explaining Bathhouse Row and how the park became a National Park. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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