9 Parks near Van Buren, Arkansas
Jun 2015 - $27.00
This park is a gravel parking lot with very tight spots. The basic rate is $25 but for 50 Amps, the rate is $27. The 50 amp breaker continually tripped in site 30. Management knew it but would not fix it. I was stuck here for four days while the temperature climbed to nearly 100 degrees in my RV. Do not rely on the attached RV dealership. They did repairs on my 5th wheel hitch and the new parts fell out while I was driving to get fuel. I got back to the park and could not hook up to the 5th wheel pin. I won't be back. - KD7UCH
Apr 2015 - $25.00
This is a fairly clean park with continuous distant traffic noise and some train noise.
Sites are dirt and gravel, narrow, mostly not level, in various lengths, without shade. Not all sites have sewer connections, 50 amps, or cable. Voltage is good.
Roads are dirt and gravel, in good condition.
Staff and hosts are friendly and helpful, but can be hard to find.
WiFi is strong. One afternoon I measured 653.6 kB/s down; by evening it was very slow.
Verizon LTE works well.
Showers are clean but lack privacy.
Laundry: 2 top-loaders ($1.25), 2 dryers ($1 for 46 min).
Rate is total with Good Sam. - wjzcbn
Mar 2015 - $25.00
As stated by others, this is really a parking lot for the RV servicing & sales company. It is okay for an over night stay. Others have stated their site was level. Number 25 was not. Big rigs beware. I witnessed a rather large fifth wheel nearly slip into the creek that runs threw the camp grounds. The wheels dipped into a wash that had cut into the gravel roadway. Our entrance door was just 5 feet from our neighbor's full hook up drop. We were 7 feet from his unit. Staff personnel were nice and helpful. The park is pet friendly. Many "sites" appeared to be homesteading or had just dropped as a storage place. Value wise, at $25, was acceptable for clean bathroom and showers. - Laptop Willie
Jan 2016 - $42.00
Nice folks at the office. They were very helpful. Despite the rain and wet grounds the campground is lovely, but perhaps a bit pricey for location and amenities. There are clusters of campers spread around open space and treed areas. There is a small pond with paddle boats. Although there isn't a dog run there is plenty of space for walking dogs. - Dreaming
Jan 2016 - $45.00
We stopped here for one night and would stay again. The weather wasn't very nice but if you could get outside, the park would be enjoyable for a longer stay. We had a concrete patio with picnic table and a set of outdoor table and chairs. No Fire Rings but Level site, Good utilities, Decent size lots, Friendly owners. Satellite was no problem and good Verizon signal. WIFI speed is poor as in most parks. Your GPS will send you in the exit but its not a problem as the exit road used to be the entrance. - Pjoe
Nov 2015 - $31.00
Use to be a KOA but no longer is even tho the sign is still up.
Was parked among a bunch of mobile homes even though they had other sites we could have fit into better. I called in advance to asked for a site. Owners are nice people. Laundromat is a rip off far as the wife's experience. Dryers cost about $3.oo a load, wash machines $1.50 and stole .25 like a slot machine. Every 5 minutes it wanted a quarter. Park is run down. All the family lives there and there they make the most noise. Every one of the people start leaving at 6am and it's like a race track. Our camper was right on the road. I mean right on the road. I was so close to trailer next to me I had to crawl under it to attached water. - JustDon
Jun 2016 - $29.00
We stayed here on our way home. The lots are angled, making it easy for us to get into. There was quite a bit of highway noise. The lots are long and they have Wi-Fi, but it was spotty. The bathrooms were tidy, and we had phone service. We enjoyed our stay, but we will probably find one a little further from the highway to avoid the noise next time. - lougreene67
Apr 2016 - $29.00
This is a nice campground. They have some nice long pull thru sites that allow big rigs to stay hooked up. They have 50 Amp FHU available. The park is older but clean and tidy. Roads and pads are gravel with grass but very narrow spaces. ATT & Verizon work well. Plenty of clear sky for satellite set up. Restrooms are three unisex cubicle and are clean. No train but some Hwy noise. Free WiFi works well. Park was full as only two sites available when we arrived at 1PM and some later arrivals were turned away. Many extended stay which looked like local workers. The park was tidy and quiet. Fast foods, restaurants and Walmart nearby.
Will stay again. - TedandJan
Dec 2015 - $12.00
We came here after our previous RV Park turned into the tail waters of the Arkansas. The service is great. I was so excited to have a spot of grass here. The atmosphere is a small community feel and very quiet at night. There is not a playground but there is a big fenced area the grandsons will love to run and romp in. We are full timers until my husband retires next year and we have chosen to stay here. A great place! - YaYaNBoompa
Jun 2016 - $35.00
The sites have lots of nice shade. Only went to the restroom once. One toilet was stopped up and the other was out of toilet paper. The laundry room was absolutely filthy. Dryer lint was all over the floor and the trash can was overflowing. The dryers had dust and dirt on the outside. There were three washers. Two of the washers "cold" wash cycle poured in "HOT" water instead of cold. I caught one of the washers, but the other was not caught in time and the dark clothes washed in extremely hot water which messed up some of the clothes. Our site was close to the restroom and there was lots of junk and tools laying around. - Gusie
Dec 2015 - $15.00
The first two rows of the park are a facade! They keep them empty for overnighters, clubs, etc. The bathrooms were out of order. The "playground" listed on the website was nothing more than a swingset set up by a lot of equipment such as backhoes, etc. The dock is rotted and unsafe. The "propane station" you see on the website does not exist. We were without cable for 2 weeks yet we were still charged for it. The internet is shotty at best. Some of the sewer caps were missing and when it rained, the ditch in front of our spot became quite nasty. When Van Buren received a big rain this past weekend we had to do an emergency evacuation! We moved up to another RV park and love it! Most of our neighbors from ParkRidge are staying up here as well. - YaYaNBoompa
Nov 2015 - $32.00
Stayed over night, nice spacious lot. Owner very friendly. Would stay there again. - retiredblade
Apr 2016 - $40.00
Nice level site. Paved pad, patio and path to area for a tent. Nicest pad I've ever seen.
Full hook-ups - all worked great. No cell phone service at all. Park does have good wifi signal.
We had just stayed 2 night while passing thru area.
Park is beautiful for hiking and mountain biking. Nice nature trails.
We plan to visit again as a destination long weekend. - MapmanKC
Jul 2015 - $32.00
This sate park is very nice. All interior roads are paved. Very large sites, with picnic table, grill and fire pits. Large sites for trailers and then they also have a little parking space for your vehicle. Restrooms are clean. We camped during the week, so the park was not busy. They have nice trails and a pool is available. You have to pay extra each day to use the pool. I did not like this, I feel if you camp there, it should be included or pay up front so you don't have to take money each day. There is a store at the park, but it has next to nothing. There is nothing at all in Winslow, so make sure you have all you need prior to getting to the park, and fill up with gas. Take 170 into the park, because it will be less winding. Overall value and clean, we camped in a travel trailer and would stay again if in the area. - bcamperman
Mar 2015 - $20.00
Beautiful park, great value. Highlights include the trails, fun places for the kids to explore close to the campsite. Participated in many programs and the staff was very friendly. The restrooms were heated, which was nice, and clean...but they are very basic restrooms, nothing special. We would go back. - kc64
May 2016 - $9.00
We enjoyed this park. Friendly Work Campers. We happened to pick one of few sites without water. But we bought an extra length of hose and shared with the neighbor, no problem. Our site was level and nice and long. We made contact with some of the volunteers through RVillage and were invited to a birthday party. Lots to see and do in Russellville which is not far. The campground was nice and quiet. Some of the sites are not very level, pick carefully. - houseonwheels
Jun 2015 - $20.00
Easy access to and in the park with our 40'+ RV but our back-in site (B3) was at a 90 degree angle from the road; not an overly hard site to back in but a little angle would have been nice. "B" section sites are wooded with 50 amp electric and most (but not all) sites have water. "A" section has wider paved sites with less overhead cover along the water but only 30 amp electric and most (but not all) sites have water. Very helpful and friendly woman at the front access gate / booth. Quiet at night. Only a few minutes away from Fort Smith proper. We would stay again. - Snidely Whiplash
May 2015 - $20.00
We always enjoy COE campgrounds. We stayed in the "B" loop, which had 50 amp water and electric. The site was grass and stone/sand......not a problem until it rained, and it got a little mucky. The water and electric worked as it should, and we had to use our portable satellite dome as we had heavier tree cover (great for shade!). The "A" loop is mostly 30amp electric service/water, but the sites are concrete, and there is a better view of the water. We would try to stay in that section next time we are in the area. Highly recommend! - henny38
Apr 2016 - $32.00
Seriously, this IS the state park other states should try to emulate. Gorgeous setting, amazing sites, on the small side, super quiet, with some beautiful hiking trails. 30 sites total, 20 full hookups, 10 with water and electric only. Full hookup sites are mostly bigrig friendly, but a few are too short or not level, so check them out before deciding. The three pull through sites had great views of the lake, but had questionable approaches/departure hills. We didn't have reservations, but arrived on a Tuesday and were told to drive through and pick a spot from ones available..tough choice, as the are all wonderful, but ended up at site 18. Wow!! Flat, lots of concrete, and huge. The water and electric only sites didn't seem very level, and I don't think any of them could handle a rig larger then 30'. Wish we could have stayed longer, but the park was booked solid over the weekend. The only downside was no Verizon coverage. - Jerry and Betsy
Mar 2016 - $32.00
We were very pleased with the camp ground. All the other reviews were correct on how clean it is. The parks workers check the trash at least 3 times a day and there is absolutely no litter. It is also very quiet and no wild or misbehaved campers. The restrooms were always very clean. The only reasons I didn't give the park a 10 was the cellular service, access to the bath houses and convenience for food and supplies. Verizon doesn't work, but AT&T had about 2 bars of LTE. There are only two bath houses. If you are in sites 1 through 9 it isn't a far walk. We were in site 15 and the bath house was about 150 yards away, as the crow flies, but if you went through the woods to get to it, the climb is about 60 feet high at about a 50 degree angle through uncleared land. You have to walk around in the road which adds quite a distance. We found a Dollar General in Mountainburg, which is only about 10 or so minutes away. It is well stocked and would have just about anything you would need. The sites themselves were very large and laid out well. I had to raise my rig 1 and 3/4 inches to get level side to side and lower the nose quite a bit to get level nose to tail, but nothing severe, in site 15. The sewer hookup was at the end of the pad and I had to use an extension to get to it. The electric hookups are lit and have 50, 30 and 20 amp plugs with breakers. The water pressure was reduced to 50 psi at the outlet. As far as the steep grade at the park, it is no worse than the long grades you will face on I-49 getting there. The road getting in to the park is wide and well maintained. As long as you have an adequately powered tow vehicle with proper trailer brakes, you won't have any problem. I got off I-49 at Chester and it was a short drive over to US 71. None of the grades or curves were no worse than on Mt. Magazine or in the Jasper, AR area, actually less. The visitor center is very nice and the lake has a great boat ramp with lots of parking. Love this park! - Octane ZX
Dec 2015 - $24.00
Arkansas did it right when they built this park, especially this RV camp site. Fantastic camp sites. The absolute cleanest shower and restroom facilities I've ever seen anywhere in the world. I cannot say enough good things about Lake Ft. Smith State Park. It's like they had a dream about what the ideal RV camping area would be like and then they went and built it. All paved sites with lighted electrical hook ups. Tent sites built right next to each RV site. Fire pits, grill, picnic table, and wonderful 360 degree views. Hiking trails are all around. The visitor center is very nice and the staff was extremely friendly. Paved and curbed roads all through the park make access easy even in wet weather. We had all the network channels on the antenna and AT&T wireless and data service was excellent. We will positively return to this well kept Arkansas secret. - Sigohigo
Jan 2016 - $25.00
Truck problems forced us to visit this RV Park. It is located in a portion of Fort Chaffee military base that was sold/gifted to the city of Fort Smith. The town is a ghost town except for a few workers here or there. The park has lots of very nice RVs; figure most are long term visitors working in the area. Only two spots were available. Price is reflects 50amp FHU, cable (only worked one of two days) and internet. Spacing was acceptable. Spot was the most unlevel spot we've encountered in 2 yrs of traveling full time and was used as someone's ash tray. Connections are at the back of the spot. - MichelleKry
Apr 2016 - $11.00
What a gem! There's not many things to see in the area but this is that get-away-from-it-all kind of place. If you want a campground that feels like it's out in the wilds, stay here. The campsites were fairly level even though they were spread out on a hill overlooking a small pond and the post. They were spacious with lots of grass and trees. The hookups included 50 & 30 amp, water, and sewer and worked perfectly. There were laundry machines available at no cost. Soldiers were fishing in the pond. The only downside to this place was NO wifi. This is the only military installation I have ever stayed at that did not play the National Anthem in its daily ensemble of songs piped over the speaker system at 0600, 1700, and 2200 hours. - Melodycthomas
Jun 2015 - $12.00
Quite, safe, hassle free. This is a nice but no frills RV park. Lots of space with trees in many spots. Fishing pond nearby. Some sites are 20/30 amp, the remaining sites are 20/50 amp. No laundry, but Laundromat available just off base in the city of Barling. Small PX, gym and weight room on base. Staff very helpful. Deer hunting is popular on the base in fall and early spring. Base has thousands of wooded acres. - Gadzilla