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Hiking and Camping around Beautiful Beaver Lake in Northwest Arkansas

Posted by Jennifer Haile on Tue, Apr 23, 2013

Dam Site ParkMy two boys are always asking when we will go camping again. We try to go several times a year and now that the campgrounds around Beaver Lake are open for the season, it is time to start planning some trips! A majority of the parks around Beaver Lake are operated by the U.S. Corps of Engineers and are open from the beginning of April through the end of October. The temperatures aren't too hot yet, so this is the perfect time to pull out the camping and hiking gear and head to the lake for some much-needed time away from hectic schedules! Below you'll find everything you need to know about camping and hiking near Beaver Lake, so grab a pen and paper and read on! 

 

 

Beaver Lake Camping

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers operates 650 camping Battle at Beaver Lakesites with electrical hookups in 11 parks around Beaver Lake. Most sites have 30 amp electricity, picnic table and a front row seat to nature. Each park is different, but some also have water hookups and a dump station for you RVers. Essentials for a good camping trip according to my 6-year old: firewood, bikes, bubbles, toy trucks, stuff for s'mores and little green army men (as seen in the reenactment of the Battle at Beaver Lake in the photo to the right). To help you plan your trip, here's a rundown of the parks and campsites around Beaver Lake, just don't forget to pack the marshmallows!

Dam Site Beaver Lake

  • Campsites: 48 RV/Tent with electricity
  • Location: From Fayetteville, 22 miles north on US 71, then east on US 62.
  • Facilities: Vault and flush toilets, water, boat ramp, heated showers, trailer dump station, overlook, pavilion, swimming, hiking trail. Day user fee charged.

Dam Site White River

  • Campsites: 55 RV/Tent with electricity
  • Location: 9 miles west of Eureka Springs on U.S. 62, then 2.5 miles south on paved access road Hwy. 187 to dam.
  • Facilities: Vault and flush toilets, water, boat ramp, heated showers, trailer dump station, swimming, picnic area, playground. (Open April 1-Oct. 31)

Hickory Creek

  • Campsites: 61 RV/Tent with electricity
  • Location: 1 mile north of Springdale on U.S. 71, then 7 miles east on Hwy. 264, then 1 mile north on Benton County Rd. 602
  • Facilities: Vault and flush toilets, water, heated showers, boat dock and ramp, trailer and marine dump stations, picnic area, swimming, playground, 7 pavilions, multi-purpose field. (Open April 1-Oct. 31) Day user fee charged.

Horseshoe Bend SunsetHorseshoe Bend East & West

  • Campsites: 142 RV/Tent with electricity
  • Location: 5 miles east of Rogers on Hwy. 94 East.
  • Facilities: Vault and flush toilets, water, heated showers, playgrounds, boat dock and ramp, pavilions, picnic area, trailer dump station, swimming.

Indian Creek

  • Campsites: 33 RV/Tent with electricity
  • Location: 1.5 miles east of Gateway on U.S. 62, then south 5 miles on Indian Creek Road.
  • Facilities: Vault and flush toilets, heated showers, water, boat ramp, swimming, hiking trail, picnic area. Day user fee charged.

Lost Bridge North

  • Campsites: 48 RV/Tent with electricity
  • Location: 5 miles southeast of Garfield on Hwy. 127.
  • Facilities: Vault and flush toilets, heated showers, water, boat dock and launching ramp, trailer dump station, youth group camp area, playground, 2 hiking trails. Day user fee charged.

Lost Bridge South

  • Campsites: 36 RV/Tent with electricity
  • Location: 5 miles southeast of Garfield on Hwy. 127.Prairie Creek Sunrise
  • Facilities: Vault toilets, water, launching ramp, trailer dump station, playground, swim beach. Day user fee charged.

Prairie Creek

  • Campsites: 104 RV/Tent with electricity; 8 with electricity/water
  • Location: 4 miles east of Rogers on Hwy. 12, then 1 mile on Park Road.
  • Facilities: Vault and flush toilets, water, heated showers, boat dock and ramp, trailer and marine dump stations, swimming, picnic area, 2 pavilions, playground, hiking trail. (Open April 1-Oct. 31) Day user fee charged.

Campsite campfireRocky Branch

  • Campsites: 43 RV/Tent with electricity
  • Location: 11 miles east of Rogers on Hwy. 12, then 4.5 miles northeast on Hwy. 303.
  • Facilities: Vault and flush toilets, water, heated showers, boat dock and ramp, trailer and marine dump stations, pavilion, playground. Day user fee charged.

Starkey

  • Campsites: 24 RV/Tent with electricity
  • Location: 4 miles west of Eureka Springs on U.S. 62, then 4 miles southwest on Hwy. 187, then 4 miles southwest on County Road 2176, also called Mundell Road.
  • Facilities: Vault toilets, heated showers, water, boat dock and ramp, marine dump station, pavilion, playground. Day user fee charged.

War Eagle

  • Campsites: 26 RV/Tent with electricity
  • Location: 10 miles east of Springdale on U.S. 412, then 3 miles north on county road 95.
  • Facilities: Vault toilets, water, heated showers, boat dock and ramp, trailer dump station, overlook, pavilion, swimming.

For more information, contact the Corps of Engineers at 479-636-1210 or log onto www.Recreation.gov to check campsite availability. Several private RV and campground facilities are also available in the area. For a listing of private campgrounds, click here.

Hiking Trails

Hiking the TrailsA variety of hiking paths are available around Beaver Lake. Since we have younger kids, we usually keep our hikes short and go for the easier trails. We often go on Nature Scavenger Hunts and look for treasures like really cool rocks, different types of bugs and trees and various flowers. Make sure to take a jar or bag for all of the cool "finds" you pick up on your hunt. Here are just a few of the trails located in and around the Beaver Lake Corps of Engineers parks.

Rim Rock Nature Trail

Prairie Creek Park (north area) - You can take a winding 45-minute leisurely walk through a scenic wooded area. Part of the trail follows along the base of a long, low limestone bluff. The many wildflowers and hardwood threes provide a lot of color in both summer and fall.

Dogwood Overlook Trail

Dam Site Park - Overlook - This difficult two mile trail is mostly steep terrain, soDogwood Overlook Trail not one for those up to a challenge. As the name suggests, flowering dogwood trees abound throughout the area. Spectacular overlooks, beautiful geographic features and one of the largest bluff shelters found on Beaver Lake await you along the trail.

Fishtrap Nature Trail

Lost Bridge Park (south area) – This trail requires 30 minutes of walking time and is moderately difficult. It extends a short distance uphill to a level bench on the hillside leading to a long overhanging bluff. The bluff is typical of the many such shelters of prehistoric bluff-dwelling Indian tribes.

Bench Rock Nature Trail

Indian Creek Park - This trail will take about an hour to hike at a leisurely pace and bring the kids along. About one-half of the trail leads you along the top of a bluff, providing many panoramic views of Beaver Lake. An overhanging rock bluff was typical shelter for primitive Indians.

Where are your favorite places to camp or hike around the lake? Let us know in the comments below. Also, make sure to stop by the visitor's center (317 W. Walnut, Rogers) to pick up maps and lake guides on your way to the lake or call (800.364.1240) to request materials so you can start planning your trip!

Jenn

Topics: Family-Friendly, What to Do, Beaver Lake, Sports/Outdoors, Trails & Parks