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Date of Stay:
November, 2017 -
The park grounds are situated right on the White River and there is a large bluff on the opposite shore. It is very beautiful and quiet. However, this does not make up for the unlevel site, no cell service, very weak to non-existent wi-fi, no cable, no over the air t.v. channels or lousy sewer hook-ups. Bring a satellite dish, dvds or lots to read because there is nothing else for entertainment after dark. Also it is about a 20 minute drive to Gassville for the closest supplies. The shower house was basic painted cinder block construction and was generally clean. Make sure you wear some flip flops in the shower. The water pressure was o.k.
My travel trailer has black/grey water hookups that are a little closer to the ground than most RVs and the sewer connection was up hill from the hookups. I tried to dig a shallow trench to allow the hose to level out some, but the pvc sewer connection was about 3-4 inches higher than the ground. I could not use my folding hose support to make up for the uphill climb. The rigs next to me had already left, so I had to move my trailer over to a vacant spot to finish emptying my tanks. I had to use about 20 feet of sewer hose to reach the sewer. If your rigs hookups are 15 inches or so off the ground, you shouldn't have a problem.
The site was 3 inches unlevel from side to side and slopes to the river which made my rear steps really high when the trailer was level. I would recommend site 3, 4 or 5. They appeared to be the most level and spacious. The fifth wheel next to us was about 15 feet away from us, but it was ok. The excess parking is in a well manicured grass field across the road from our site. If there are other vehicles parked across from you when you try to pull out with your camper, it is very tight or impossible. Some folks actually pulled out through the field to leave and got back on the road after clearing the parked cars.
If you are trying to get away from the world, telephone and want total peace and quiet, this is your place. Fishing rules the camp and cooking on the campfire rules the day. If you need internet, cell service, a shorter drive to town, etc., there are better choices in Cotter, Flippin or Harrison. We camped at White Buffalo Resort in a Travel Trailer.
If you like bar-be-que, try the Blacksheep in Yellville. The sampler plate was literally as big as the tray it was served on and very tasty.
Date of Stay:
July, 2016 -
Site #1 was level side to side but required un-hitching my tow vehicle to lower the front in order to get level nose to tail. Nice large tent pad, and picnic area was combination of concrete and small gravel. Utilities were very good. Bath house was a pretty good walk from the site. Toilets were clean, but showers were moldy and needed cleaning. Very muggy and hot inside bath house. Could only get 4 channels TV on antenna; mostly PBS stations and 40/29 out of Fayetteville. There is NO cell phone reception in RV area. It is a safety issue to me because you can't call 911 or any help in case of emergency, not even the ranger. In bad weather, it is touch and go if you would get warnings because of bad TV and cellular reception. The campground is quiet, with the exception of traffic from Hwy.22 spur, that runs through the park, when people are going and coming from work. Huntsville is a short drive for supplies and places to eat. Didn't try the pool, but it was always busy. Went on the War Eagle trail and it had nice lookouts over War Eagle creek. We camped at Withrow Springs State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Granny's Kitchen in Huntsville has great breakfast menu and good food. The fried chicken is very good, but skip the rib-eye. Also, try That Little Pizza Place. Excellent hand-made pizzas. Buy one, get one half price. Two small pizzas were enough to take some back to camp and have another meal. Stuffed Spinach was excellent as well as the barbecue pizza. Also had cannolis for desert and it was $18.00 for all. While in the area go to Hobbs State Park visitor's center and War Eagle Mill.
Date of Stay:
June, 2016 -
We stayed in site #2 and I had to raise the driver's side 3" inches to get level side to side and had to lower the nose about 4 inches below hitch height to get front to back. As with most of the sites there, #2 is short. I have a 30' travel trailer with a crew cab pickup. When I backed in all the way, the nose of my truck was still in the road. The site is terraced and has a good size wooden picnic table and a generously sized tent pad. The whole site is covered with 1/2 inch chat. It rained quite a bit and the wooden picnic table stayed wet, so make sure you have something to put on the seats to keep your pants from getting wet after a rain. The site is very shady, as is the rest of the park. It is quiet most of the time, but nothing was obtrusive. My biggest complaint is the showers. The mildew smell is strong to me and there is mildew growing on the shower benches and walls. The floors, commodes and sinks were always clean though. It takes about 30 minutes to get off the mountain to get to Paris for supplies, so plan accordingly. All in all, we love this campground and would not hesitate to stay there again. We camped at Mount Magazine State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Make sure to eat at the Skycrest Restaurant at the lodge and get a window seat.
Date of Stay:
March, 2016 -
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! We camped at Lake Fort Smith State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Sites 21 through 30 don't have sewer. Try to get a spot from 1 to 8 or 9 if you use the bathhouse. Alma, about 25 minutes away, is the closest location for a sit down chain restaurant. There is Granny's Cafe on 71 north of the park just south of Winslow and a Hamburger/ice cream joint in Mountainburg (only open during the day during the week and closed on Sunday's)
Date of Stay:
October, 2015 -
We had stayed at this park several times. It is a family run business and the owners kids help with the chores. In its prime it would have been a nice park. Now it is tired and worn. The roads are rough, but passable. We stayed in #32. It is intended to be 3 spaces, but the owner usually only puts us in it by ourselves. It is gravel with some larger rocks mixed in. You have to make a hard left hand turn on a blind hill to get in to the site. If you are in a class A or a large fifth wheel, they will put you up by the office on the hill. I don't like those sites because you are right on top of your neighbor. One of the cabins is located right where you turn in to the site, but it is not a problem. The whole area we were in is about 120 feet long and 30 feet wide on a terrace. It hasn't been raked in some time and had gum balls all around. The site was dead level, had 50/30 amp service, good water pressure, close sewer connection and 64 channels of cable. The main reason we stay here is the location. It is right in Jasper and close to everything, but quiet and you have a feeling you are further out. The highway noise can be heard, but it is not bad at night. The only shower house is located in the center of the park and it is tired, but clean. There is one male shower and restroom and one female shower and restroom. Normally, there is no wait. There are several full time "campers" there, but they keep to themselves. The whole campground is on only 3 acres, so just about everything is tight. If you are going to Jasper to enjoy the campsite, forget it. It is the convenience of the location is why we use it. There aren't any other full hookup places close unless you go towards Harrison or Gilbert. We haven't stayed there when the pool is in use so I can't comment on that. It appears nice though. The site was very shady. We camped at Dogwood Springs Jasper Resort in a Travel Trailer.
Eat at the Cliff House after you have taken your sunrise pictures from the Scenic Point overlook on Hwy.7. You must eat at the Low Gap Cafe in Low Gap. It is almost gourmet and if you go during the heavy tourist season there is a wait. The Ozark Cafe is very good; breakfast, lunch or dinner. There is a little pizza joint on the town square that makes fresh hand made pizzas with whatever you want on it. If you are in a travel trailer ask to be put down in one of the terraced sites.