This was our first visit since 1972 and how things have changed. The new 33 site RV park along the lake was completed in early 2006 at a cost of $1 million. Probably half of the sites are pull through and each includes a fire ring, barbecue, picnic table, post for hanging a lantern (or humming bird feeder), pea-graveled tent site, and water, sewer, and 50 amp electrical hookups. There are two handicap sites near the shower house. There is a very nice activity program with naturalist-guided and self-guided trails, afternoon nature programs for the youngsters, and a narrated nature slide program every night in the amphitheater. There are a swimming pool, volleyball courts, and tennis courts and activities such as softball games. Our travels are often the type where we try to see how far we can drive. On this trip we stayed at Petit Jean for 15 nights. The daily rate for our site was $28 but seniors get half price rates, so the cost was only $98 a week. It was very hot so I am sure we used that much electricity. I would caution visitors pulling a large trailer or driving a large motor home to come to the park from the east, via Morrilton. We have a 40 foot Class A and made the mistake of taking Highway 7 north out of Hot Springs - 50 miles of slow, narrow, winding road with no turn-offs and no shoulders. The road from Morrilton has only 1 mile of winding road.
This is the most misrepresented RV park that I have ever seen and one of the worst I have ever stayed in. According to their web site, it ranks right up there with the Garden of Eden. It could hardly be called a resort. It's a large flat pasture that has been covered with an abrasive material that looks like crushed lava. The areas between sites are covered with weeds. It's hardly family friendly as there are no facilities or even grassy areas where children could play. There are quite a few permanent residents who look like construction workers with with untidy collections of vehicles, barbecue pits and lawn furniture in permanent residence around their trailers. There were very few security lights and my wife was reluctant to go outside after dark. Had we not had a tow vehicle, it would have been a very boring stay. Among the advertised things that were not there were the swimming pool, the club-house (an empty building is there), cable TV (coming soon), etc. The office was unattended most of the two days we stayed there, so would have been difficult to use the fax, UPS shipping,and other services listed. Their website now says that the recreation room and cable TV are coming. Two weeks ago it didn't say that. It also listed all sorts of activities which are no longer mentioned. On the positive side, they had very nice, clean shower/restroom facilities, washers and dryers, good utility hookups, and free wi-fi that didn't work part of the time due to phone problems.
Still constructing new sites, it is an excellent operation in all respects. The park is in a pecan orchard so there is lots of shade. Sites and roads are concrete. Trash bags are picked up from each site every morning. Lots of grassy space to walk the dogs. The main building, which was previously the "farmer's" house is very nice and includes equipped workout room, pool room, sitting rooms with TV, a covered sitting area, pool and cantilevered deck overlooking Johnson Creek, which is 30 or so feet below. A large container of fish food is provided for feeding the fish in the creek. Wi-fi internet access is free of charge. They honor PassportAmerica discount. Cost would have been $14 but there was a surcharge for pull-through and for 50 amp service.