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Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground)

Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas


305 Gorge Rd
Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas 71901
Phone: Click to view

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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61 Reviews

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Review Count: 91
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 13

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

Nice camping. As the other reviews have mentioned, there are no showers. Received a few TV channels on the antennae, but the signal was week. Sites are level and it was quiet at night. The park is different in that it's surrounds the town. We drove to the downtown visitors center, but walking is possible especially since parking is difficult to find. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 228
States Visited: 41
Helpful Reviews: 49

Date of Stay: November, 2011 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

As mentioned in other reviews, this is a great site. If you can get by without TV, shower facilities, and laundry. We were here in late Nov. and we had a lot of rain. (6" on the gauge down the street.) The creek came up about 5' and more big storms were projected to come through the area. We decided that a narrow canyon with all the ground saturated, and possible big storms on the way was not the best place to be. So we went down the road to some higher ground for the night. The stormed tracked about 20 miles north and dumped 6" of rain up there. If that had fallen in this area, there would have been some serious flooding in at least the sites near the creek. This is the only negative I have about the place. We went back to our old site the next day. Verizon Wi-Fi and phone worked well here. The rate was $12/day with the old person pass from the feds. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 342
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 53

Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

Rate with Golden Age Passport. This National Park CG is outstanding in all respects. There are no showers but restrooms are clean. Sites and roads are all paved. Sites with minor slopes, 30/50, sewer and water. Lots of trees for shade. The stream is picturesque. Self service check in & no reservations. Volunteers do most of the maintenance and cleaning plus man the Visitor Center sign-in desk at Fordyce Bathhouse and conduct the guided tour. Trails are in good shape and the hike from CG to Hot Springs & Fordyce Bathhouse takes under an hour. Parking in Hot Springs can be a problem so the hike is a good option. Cell phone signal & Wi-Fi signal not great but okay. On the air TV reception marginal. AR 7s runs past the CG entrance and there is some truck traffic during the day, not so much at night. When one thinks National Park CG this is not what you expect. Lots of sights to see in Hot Springs & history back to 1832. We would definitely stop here again. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 58
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

Rate was with Golden Age card, so half price. What a find! A NP cg with full hook-ups on a beautiful little stream. We loved it here. The volunteers were very helpful and friendly, the part was spotless. We happened to get a site where our satellite worked, our Verizon wireless worked, beautiful sites--what more could you ask for? We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

With our Golden Pass, a bargain at $12. Nice place, with a few minor issues. Runoff puts mud into sites, and the grass is sparse. On the weekend the proximity to the main road and open picnic area made it a bit noisy. As well, the restrooms took a beating, and were pretty gross by evening. Proximity to town is a big plus, as is the trail system. We would return. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

Located about 2 miles from historic downtown. RV spaces are 30/50 amp full hook-ups. The large spacious woodsy sites have long asphalt pads. Lots of hiking trails and the creek is nearby. Picnic table and pedestal grille at each site. Close to main road: would recommend a site farthest from road. There are several clean restroom stations throughout the park, no showers. Most of the sites are slightly sloped so leveling could be a minor problem. Registration is self serve on a machine. No reservations. It is first come basis with 14 day limit. Price reflects half price for senior NP pass. Telephone reception good. TV antenna picked up 5 stations. I would highly recommend this as the best place to stay. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2011 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

To us Hot Springs National Park is a very good park. Some of the sites are sloping to the front of camper quite a bit. Self check in, after selecting site enter all your information in machine which will take cash or credit card. No showers. Rate is with Golden Age Passport. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2011 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

No showers available. Short cut road next to campground and very noisy for a national park. No security. Camp sites are not level and require extra extension and blocks to level up rig. No one available to register you or to help with anything at all. All done by electronic machine that requires only cash to function. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: November, 2010 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

The Natl. Park c/g has been recently upgraded to include 50-amp electric and full hookups. Nice. Right on a stream, which is very nice to listen to. We travel in a 45' Prevost coach and had no problems backing our coach into our site. I would say at least 15 of the sites could accommodate a 45' RV. A big plus is the Golden Age/Access Pass. The self-pay station accepts this discount. It also takes credit cards. No park host is available off season. Its about a 10 minute drive to the Historic District. Easy access to this park. Nice job NPS! We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

What a wonderful night we had here. Quiet and cool. Excellent Host's, electric was good and a level site. Easy in and out. No Frills and you pay for what you get - wonderful, peaceful evening! We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

$12 is the with the senior pass. Agree with other ratings. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 196
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: April, 2010 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here last year for $10 at the boondock sites and this year for $24 at the full hook up sites. We love this park for its stream-side location and proximity to the national park hiking trails. However, there is considerable Highway 7 noise (logging truck during the week; motorcyles on the weekend) and when the park is full, sites can feel too close together. But, depending on the site, you can get lots of room behind you towards the creek. Restrooms and grounds are kept spotless by the camp volunteers, and park rangers cruise through regularly, so all feels secure. We will definitely come back next time we need to soak at Buckstaff Bathhouse (highly recommended). We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2009 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed three nights at this park which has recently been improved by the National Park Service. It offers paved sites with full hook-ups, but it is still on a no-reservations basis. You arrive, select a vacant site, and pay at a machine. We were able to take advantage of their discount for seniors. Some leveling of your RV may be required. It is a beautiful setting, quiet and shaded. We camped alongside a creek, near hiking trails and one of several clean restrooms (which, by the way, do not have showers). The park is very centrally located near bath house row and downtown Hot Springs. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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

Date of Stay: August, 2009 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

A wonderful park! It's beautiful and close to everything with a great creek and trails, lots of shade. The prettiest place I've stayed yet. No showers, so go prepared. Really loved it, will stay there often. Golden Age Passport members can stay for $5 in dry sites, $12 with hookups. You can't beat that! We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 196
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: May, 2009 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Great park! We dry camped there 4 nights at the $10 rate and while we were there the first batch of full hookup sites opened unofficially. The ranger said that the price for these, when officially opened, will be $24. We didn't move to take one of those, as they backed up to the busy road and our little dry camp backed up to the babbling creek. Much nicer sounds. Even after the improvements, this will still be a no reservations park, which is why we got there the Wed. before the 3-day holiday weekend and stayed! Excellent hiking trails and large grassy sites made our dog happy, and the peaceful, leafy green park with the water sounds made us happy. If this place offered showers, it'd be a 10, but the camp hosts sure do keep the bathrooms clean, given the heavy use by the tent campers. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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