8.7 Excellent
     
Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground)

Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas


305 Gorge Rd
Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas 71901
Phone: (501) 620-6715

Sites: 44
Recent Rate: $15 5/2017

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Latitude: 34.524126203484
Longitude: -93.036586382942
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 no
  • 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
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT, Verizon, Sprint Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT,Verizon,Sprint
  • 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 no
  • 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 no
  • 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

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50 Reviews

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myo

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Since you can't make reservations at this campground we decided to come a little early to check it out. Upon arrival which was a Thursday we founds several empty sites and we styles in for a 3 night stay which ended up being a 4 night stay. We chose a site on a running creek with shoe trees. It is perfect. The site is spacious with a concrete pad with all the amenities - electric, water and sewer. The site is level and comes with a cool breeze. From this campground you can easily access the downtown bathhouses which we soaked it for $20. We took a ride up to Mount Ida which is the quartz crystal capital of the world. You can go into the mine or field and keep whatever you find for the senior rate of $6 each. Everyday we were here there were camp sights open even over the weekend, so don't worry about it being filled. This might change on the summer, we camped in the second week of May. I highly recommend this campground, it is beautiful, clean and very peaceful. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
41
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Soak in the Quapaw Bath house it is beautiful. Built in 1922 and modernized in 2007. Mount Ida is 40 minutes away.

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Review Count: 96
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is located in Hot Springs National Park and is all FHU sites. It is a really nice campground although some of the sites are a little close together. We had a perfect site (#27) that had shrubs on both sides for privacy an backed up to Gulpha Gorge Springs. It is first come first serve, so we felt fortunate to get the spot we did. Our site was level, we saw several of the interior sites that needed many blocks to level. I've read some reviews about the homeless using this park. We met one person that said he was homeless but he had a tent on a campsite so I'm assuming he paid. It was in the 30's several nights so he said he was going to go to Walmart for the night. A single lady told us one of the tenters came knocking at her door asking for coffee, so she ended up moving sites to be closer to the camp hosts. Probably our biggest complaint would be that the park is not secure and it does have a lot of people coming through it. We did see a ranger drive through a couple of times a day, but evidently the camp hosts are only there to keep the facilities clean. It was a self-serve check in. All utilities worked well. AT&T coverage was good as was Verizon. We were able to get a satellite signal at our site. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
27
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Fordyce Bath House is the National Parks Visitor Center and offers 2 free tours a day. Otherwise it is a self-guided tour.

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Review Count: 39
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a very nice campground, all sites are FHU sites with 50AMP, there are 44 sites but only 39 for the general public. All sites are back in sites. There is a dump station and water fill site. I wouldn't call it a full big rig campground, there are many short sites, big rigs can get around the campground, be carefull. All streets and sites are paved, this is a nonreservation park, all sites are first come first served. Verizon has a great signal, over air TV is good, dish may work in some sites. Plenty of things to do in the area. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
2 Host Site
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 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:

See the sites, shopping and restaurants are all close.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

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

Excellent campground with strong pros and cons. The newly installed full hookups are awesome. Nice compact hookup pad right next to the parking space, with water, sewer, and power that is clean, easy, and functional. Full hookups for $15 (with NP senior pass) is reason enough for high rating, but the campground itself is very lovely. Nicely shaded, easy access, and many sites right on Gulpha Creek. The automated pay system is like an ATM, and couldn't be easier. Key in the site number you want, answer whether you're eligible for the Sr. discount, put in the number of nights, swipe credit card, and you're done. Machine spits out the tag/receipt to hang on the site post.

As is usually the case, all sites are not equal. With the exception of only a couple, the creekside sites are so close to one another, the picnic table is practically wedged between your RV and the one next to you. We were very lucky to get site 30, which had a lot of space and greenery on both sides, so we did have a fair amount of privacy. However, site 30 also has a street light, so our star gazing was rudely impacted. The creek is nice, and the grassy site made it a great place to sit in our lawn chairs by the water. All sites have pedestal grills, but not all have fire pits. We were committed to site 30 before realizing there was no fire pit (which is usually important to us), but snagging a site by the creek with so much space to either side outweighed the absence of a pit.

The sites on the loops farthest from the creek are much more spacious, but the AR-7 Spur road runs right alongside the easternmost loop. The noise from passing cars is bad enough, but the big rig Jake Brakes are awful, and a lot of trucks use this road. If you've never heard Jake Brakes, it sounds like a 50 caliber machine gun. Not so conducive to peaceful mountain camping. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
30
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

The hiking trails in the park are plentiful, and very well marked and maintained. The 1.6 mile Dead Chief Trail takes you right to the Visitor Center, which should not be missed! It is essentially a free four-story museum. Go to The Arlington Hotel and take the elevator to the 4th Floor (ignore the sign that says, "Registered Guests Only Beyond This Point" and look for the Al Capone Suite. Have a drink at the Ohio Club (former speakeasy). Pass on the overpriced thermal baths.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

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

Great park for a National Park. We got a new site stream side. Helpful Rangers and camp hosts. No reservations accepted, so it's first come first served. There were plenty of open sites when we pulled in. No showers available. Restrooms were very clean. Park is just a short drive to downtown Hot Springs. We would stay here again. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
41
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

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

Felt fortunate to find a creek side site here! Yes, spaces here are tight, close together & most are not level but park has just upgraded all sites to full hook up including sewer & auto pay system NOW accepts credit cards. Each site seems to have a grill OR fire pit, but not both. A wonderful mix of campers made our 2 night stay most interesting. Used the 1.4 mi. hiking trail into town since we travel in 26 ft. Class C without toad. Trail into town is well maintained, with moderate inclines. That said, only steep incline is just as you are entering town by the Fordyce Visitor Center. On the way home, there are stone stairs & a steep uphill climb on the trail that was a challenge for this 70-year old short legged lady! Just wish we could have lingered another couple of days here .... We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
33
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Be sure to tour the Fordyce Bath House. We did the self guided but there are park ranger guided tours at 11:00 am & 2:00 pm. Highly recommend the Superior Bath House Brewery lunches! Had great panini sandwich & tomato bisque soup! Best tomato soup I've ever, ever had!!

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

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

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

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
11
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 1

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: 26
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 5

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: 12

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: 70
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 11

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: 60
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 11

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: 90
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 19

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: 8

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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