This Magical Waterfall Campground In Arkansas Is Unforgettable

You can find dozens of majestic waterfalls in Arkansas, but this lesser-known gem hidden away in the Ozark National Forest is unlike any other in the state.

Get acquainted with the hypnotizing natural phenomenon of waterfalls in Arkansas graciously provided by Mother Nature herself while visiting Haw Creek Falls Recreation Area & Campground.

Photo courtesy of Explore the Ozarks

Haw Creek Falls is one of the most incredible natural waterfalls in Arkansas within the Ozark Mountains, which cover approximately two-thirds of The Natural State. There is plenty of wild country to explore here: the Ozark National Forest spans 1.2 million acres, but the highlight of this area for many is this picturesque waterfall hidden away in the forest.

Photo courtesy of Explore the Ozarks

Only a short walk from the campground, Haw Creek Falls offers visitors a breathtaking experience thanks to its turquoise waters contrasting with the mature hardwood forest around it. As if panoramic views of the falls were not enough, there are trails that take you out to the edge of, on top of, and below the falls.

Photo courtesy of Explore the Ozarks

These forests are generously endowed with recreational opportunities for camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, hunting, boating, scenic drives, picnics sites, and opportunities for wildlife viewing also abound. Haw Creek Falls Recreation Area & Campground offers 9 primitive sites to hikers and backpackers, as well as traditional campers. While there are no hookups, travel trailers are welcome.

After checking out the waterfall make sure to continue on with the hike as the rest of the area’s forest provides its own stunning views and natural wonders.


This Is The Newest State Park In Arkansas And It Is Incredible

Bordering one of the longest rivers in the world, Arkansas’s newest state park is a life-changing trip for hiking and camping enthusiasts alike.

With more than 100-miles of trails, Mississippi River State Park is a hidden gem. For nearly a century, thousands of visitors have sought out the dramatic riverways, spellbinding wildlife, and delicate ecosystems on display along this 2,320-mile river. Discover an important part of American history, including early 16th-century exploration, transportation during the civil war and a massive boon to power during the 20th century while making unforgettable memories with family and friends.

Cypress Swamp, Natchez Trace, Mississippi

Through a special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service, Arkansas State Parks is developing Mississippi River State Park within the St. Francis National Forest in eastern Arkansas. Arkansas’s newest state park, Mississippi River State Park, will eventually encompass 536 acres.

The Great River Road winds through Mississippi River State Park and the St. Francis National Forest. This national scenic byway follows the Mississippi River for nearly 3,000 miles from its headwaters in the north woods of Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico traveling through 10 states bordering the river. You can follow this road of discovery through diverse histories, cultures and landscapes.

Bear Creek Lake is accessible from Mississippi River State Park. This 625-acre lake was constructed atop Crowley’s Ridge in 1938. Lying within the northern end of the St. Francis National Forest, this USDA Forest Service lake has more than 15 miles or shoreline. Anglers enjoy the lake fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, red-ear sunfish, and catfish. Wildlife watching opportunities include white-tail deer, squirrel, raccoon, rabbit, wild turkey, and a wide variety of other birds. Two national scenic byways, the Great River Road and the Crowley’s Ridge Parkway, pass over the lake’s dam.

Beaver Pond Swamp is a part of the natural diversity to experience in the St. Francis National Forest. See this natural setting near where the St. Francis River flows into the Mississippi River.

Beech Point Campground at Mississippi River State Park features 17 campsites on a peninsula in beautiful Bear Creek Lake. Each campsite offers a lake view. Two courtesy docks provide campers with additional access to the 625-acre lake.

Tent pads are featured on campsites offering full hookups in the Beech Point Campground at Mississippi River State Park. In addition, tent camping enthusiasts can choose from three Walk-in Tent Sites without hookups.

Bear Creek Lake is a peaceful setting to enjoy the seasonal beauty of Crowley’s Ridge. The unique hardwood forest atop Crowley’s Ridge is prime wildlife and birding habitat. The campsite rental fee is $32 per night. For details on the campground, visit: Nearby are a swim beach, hiking trail, fishing pier, boat ramp, and several picnic areas.