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Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground)

Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas


305 Gorge Rd
Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas 71901
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Sites: 44
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 34.52413
Longitude: -93.03659

Elevation: 534' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers no
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

Rate reflects National Parks senior pass. Nice campground with full hookups, and plenty of shade. No reservations, and pick out your own site. Get one away from road, as road noise starts early in morning. Also, check level, as some site have a pretty good slope. It also has a picnic area, so there is a lot of non camping traffic. Would definitely stay here again. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

The proximity to downtown Hot Springs is a plus for this campground (5 minutes). Due to sequestration, there is no longer a Park Ranger on site, so there is no access control and transients were a concern to us with young children playing outside. You pay using a machine and while were there it was cash only. There are no showers and the restrooms needed cleaning, so we were glad to have full hookups. Sites are paved, level and are well spaced. No fire rings, but each space has a grill. The large trees and clear spring create a nice ambience, but there is some noise with large trucks downshifting on the nearby road. We enjoyed our stay at this campground and would return. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 88
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

The check-in machine wasn't taking credit cards (it seems they never are). Otherwise this is a very nice campground. We were a little rushed when we checked in and chose a site that wasn't very level. We should have taken a little more time to select a better site. The park host told us she was a little surprised we took that spot because of the tree at the back corner. The sites are pretty close together. The host was very nice and offered us a lot of information about what to do in the area. She also told us that parking was free in the lot near the visitor center on weekends. We really enjoyed our time here. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 448
States Visited: 47
Helpful Reviews: 122

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

This campground is located at 305 Gorge Road not downtown where the National Park Visitor Center is. There are 39 sites in the park, some of them with full hookups but no showers. There used to be showers here but they were taken out because of abuse from outsiders, and full hookups were put in. It is a pretty campground on the creek where one can cool off. There are modern bath houses and water is available for registered campers. All the sites are back in and there is a size limit posted where you register by machine but the camper next to us put his 35 foot RV in a 25 foot slot including his car which was placed on the grass. It costs $10 a site and $24 for a site with full hookups but with a pass it is half that. The hostess was very helpful and informative. There is a trail about a mile and a half to bathhouse row in town but to drive in it takes about fifteen minutes. There is no parking in town for an RV at the National Park Visitor Center so ask the host for ideas where to park. We parked across from the National Park Administrative Building and on weekends there is no fee, but I asked a police woman and she said there was no parking for RVs at all in town. She was cold and not helpful at all. Needless to say, we waited a few minutes until the visitor center opened up and they said where we were was fine –there are four RV, Bus Tour slots right next to the old visitor center that you can park at. There is a little conflict with the park and the locals because nowhere are there signs that parking is free on weekends so some people were paying. This was a two night stopover for us on a weekend. The hostess told us that it doesn’t always fill up but if you want full hookups and arrive late you might have to pull in to some of the sites that are not level. Good stop. We enjoyed the historic section of Hot Springs and had a nice walking tour by a park ranger explaining Bathhouse Row and how the park became a National Park. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 83
States Visited: 48
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful campground close to Hot Springs. Only negative is on the right side of camp there is a lot of road noise. Arkansas campgrounds are beautiful and immaculate. The host here was excellent (from Wisconsin). I thoroughly enjoy camping in Arkansas. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 99
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 24

Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

We camped for one night when passing through the area and had no problems. The host was very nice and the small park well maintained. We did not hike the trails because we were only passing through, but saw others doing so. Our GPS did make us miss the entrance and there was only one road in so watch closely. No showers, but bathroom was very clean. We did not have a tow vehicle and we did attempt to go to the NP without success because there was no RV parking. We gave up and returned to campground. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

Nice setting. Many hiking trails and can hike to Hot Springs and bathe in spa. No showers at campground. Nice camp hosts. Everything clean and well tended. Automated registration, no ranger when we camped. No reservations accepted. Stayed 2 nights. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Truck Camper.

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Review Count: 54
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: December, 2012 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed at Gulpha Gorge National Park Campground at the suggestion of the bar man at the Heart Break Hotel in Memphis. We were planning on staying at Little Rock however given his knowledge of the area decided to go with his recommendation. We were so pleased we did! We arrived to the friendly smile of the newly appointed camp volunteers who guided us to a well elevated site with full hook up. Once we were settled they came over to make sure we were settled in OK. The payment at this campground is via a vending type machine in the common room, something we hadn't encountered before. The campground is also open to day visitors with picnic tables along the rivers edge. The township of Hot Springs is an easy hike up and over the mountain, or you can obviously drive there as well. The friendly volunteers invited us to join them in the hike on the second day we were there. Being visitors from Australia we had been dreaming of a white Christmas and we certainly got our wish with 8 inches of snow falling on Christmas night! The only downfall was that the power went off due to trees falling across the power lines further up the road. Once again the volunteers checked in on everyone staying at the campground helping out where they could. After three days of no power we decided to pull up stumps and head off somewhere were we could dry out! The park was beautifully maintained and we would definitely recommend staying there. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 50
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: November, 2012 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

Wonderful, beautiful National Park campground. All paved with full hookups. Back in sites easily handled our big rig. I would easily give it a 10 except there is some road noise. Not bad at night, though. This is a great find! Very easy to bathhouse row and the town. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 51
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

One of our favorite full-hook up spots we have ever stayed at! Paved site next to a stream with fire ring, surrounded by trees and amazing fellow campers. Could not ask for more! We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful park. Close to everything. Large campsites, some by stream that runs through the campground. They don't take reservations, but we didn't have any trouble getting in. Sprint cell service marginal. Our cost reflects National Park passport price. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

I'd say this is one of my all-time favorite parks. I visit often and have never been disappointed. Convenient, beautiful, and the camp hosts are invariably great folks. The rangers are quite vigilant, and camping solo I feel quite safe. Great stream behind some of the sites, this is my favorite hot-weather campground due to abundant shade and water. The only downside to this campground is no showers, but there are full hookups. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

Absolutely the nicest little park I have stayed at. The sites are beautiful and have lush grass and huge trees very shaded and tucked into the valley. Just a short drive around the mountain to the hot springs or hike if you're up to it. I couldn't be happier with this park. It is so pretty. Was only planning on spending a night ended up staying 3. If you come tour the bathhouse museum it's a must do and the restaurant Andrews across the street is amazing too We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 68
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

Excellent park! Quiet and lovely and very close to the main attraction. Interior roads and site pads are paved with very good spacing and all are partial to fully shaded. Verizon coverage was good. Patrolled regularly be Park Police and camp host was terrific. We arrived around 5 pm, just after a violent micro-burst thunderstorm. Power was out and a couple trees were down in the campground. Host was very helpful in getting us a clear site. One downed tree was removed before dusk, the power was back within 3 hours.and the other downed tree was completely gone the following day. Great work! We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

The sites along the stream are spacious and well-separated, plenty of room for a big rig and a car, and lots of trees. Those on the other side of the campground are next to the road and may be noisy, although traffic is light at night. All sites are first-come, first-served, but we had no problem finding a very nice site in mid-June. There are evening ranger programs in summer. No Wi-Fi but the phones worked well. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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