8.7 Excellent
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Lake Catherine State Park

Hot Springs, Arkansas


1200 Catherine Park Rd
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913
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Sites: 69
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 34.43764
Longitude: -92.91979

Elevation: 341' (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 yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • 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 yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating yes
  • 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: 26
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2019 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

Great state park.... very nice and clean... We camped at Lake Catherine State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
43
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

about 12 miles south of Bath House Row and downtown Hot Springs.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2019 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

The Park is quiet, clean, and located right on the lake. Beautiful tall trees cast a shade that was quite welcome due to the heat index reaching above 105 degrees. We have a 43' coach which fit fine but our first location fell off just enough that the front tires were barely on the ground. We asked if they had another spot we might try which they were happy to do for us. The OTA TV is pretty sketchy at best, but Dish worked in our second spot. Just know there are a lot of trees so in some spots sat-tv is probably not going to work. AT&T service worked well. No problems at all. We camped at Lake Catherine State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C-57
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

If you are looking for a place to eat close, there is a very good restaurant called The Red Oak Filling Station. Huge burgers, steaks, and BBQ. Real nice people.

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Review Count: 34
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: August, 2019 - $37.00
Overall Rating:

A very nice state park and campground. Yes, the road in, Hwy 171, from I-30 is narrow, but very passable. Worked just fine with our 35' MH. Check in at the visitor center first. We unhooked our toad there. You could also unhook your toad at the nature trail parking lot just inside the park boundary before the visitor center. We were in the lower part of C loop. Very level site, back-in, on the lake. Good power, water and sewer. Nice clean bathroom and showers. Good Verizon coverage. Not all sites will pick up sat tv. Roomy site with a picnic table, fire ring and grill. Some sites had elevated patios. Very helpful and nice staff. It is about 15 min into Hot Springs. We camped at Lake Catherine State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C56
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Be sure and try the bathhouse brewery in Hot Springs. Very good food and lots of beer choices. Be sure and unhook your toad before driving to your site

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2019 - $37.00
Overall Rating:

I think this is the nicest campsite I've ever had. The spots near the water are right ON the water- you can swim off of the shore or tie up boats easily from your campsite, it's very level. The park is well maintained so that the grass is cut all the way to the water. The day-use area is nice with some sand for kids to play in. Loop C was very nice, drove through B as well. A is not on the water. C58-70 are wonderful lakefront sites. 66 and 68 had no shade, others had nice shade. 70 had a dock (so did a few others, don't know the numbers). Will definitely book here again. The lake water is relatively clean, even with power boats permissible. There is an odd large plant just across the lake from the campground- it's a wastewater treatment facility, but it's a big one (didn't worry about water quality). The campground STAYS booked- hard to get into, but totally worth the effort. We camped at Lake Catherine State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C60
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

15 minutes from Malvern AR, there are good shops there. The office/gift shop sells firewood and ice, some food items.

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

Date of Stay: May, 2019 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

Very pretty park. Paved roads and pads. However our pad had deteriorated and we had a very hard time leveling, thus 4 stars. Lots of trees and adequate room between the RVs. We rented canoes and paddled the lake. However, our site pad was crumbling so we had a very hard time leveling. We camped at Lake Catherine State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
31
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Visit Anthony Chapel!!

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: April, 2019 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Excellent state park for RV/Travel Trailer camping. Good spacing between sites. Loop A has more space between sites than Loops B and C but Loops B and C are closer to the lake and there are several piers for launching canoes or kayaks or for fishing. In Loop A sites 11 and 12 are at the top of a hill and are challenging to back-in to because you will have to back up a hill while turning in to your site. There are lots of trees throughout the park including many at the camp sites. There are three hiking trails that adjoin the park. They are well marked and offer some great scenery and wildlife to see. The park is only about a 15 minute drive into Hot Springs. We camped at Lake Catherine State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
11
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 43
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: April, 2019 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

We were a little big for our site. Recommenced AAA class in loop 1 for larger rigs, we are 40'. Camp store was nice. Lake is lovely. Good place to stop for Hot Springs NP. Long road in but paved and smooth. You might want to disconnect at the office since some loops have tight corners. Water hook up is awkward so you need a lot of hose. We camped at Lake Catherine State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
2
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
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Review Count: 48
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: February, 2019 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

This is a lovely spot with lots of shady sites next to a lake. The majority of sites are full hookups, though there are also some with just water and electric. The only problem that kept me from giving it a higher rating is that many of the campsites are very unlevel. We have a 40' motorhome, and we could not level it without getting blocks and chocks out in our reserved site. Luckily we were here in the off season and could move to another spot. However it took some looking before we found one we would fit into easily. A smaller rig or a tandem axle trailer would not have the same issues, and I suspect that is the market identified for this park. Still, the price is right (25% senior discount if you go to the visitor center and ask). Separate parking is available for roads or boats near the sites if you can't fit both in. We camped at Lake Catherine State Park in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 67
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 26

Date of Stay: November, 2018 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

Lake Catherine State Park is a very pretty state park on a reservoir in the Hot Springs area. This is the prettiest park we’ve stayed at in our current trip. Our site was right on the lake in the B loop, which is the older loop. Our site had 30 amp and water, but the water was on the wrong side, and we needed almost exactly 50 feet of hose to get to it. All of the water hookups in the B loop were the same. The C loop is newer, has larger pads, sewer hookups, and hookups are more conventionally arranged. In our small class C, we preferred the B loop because we had a beautiful lakefront site all to ourselves. Even on a weekday in November, the C loop was full. We felt like we were camping by a beautiful lake by ourselves. The site was paved and basically level. While we were there there was a sizable rainstorm, which is the story of our lives on this trip. A couple of sites were completely flooded, but most of the campground survived pretty well. AT&T was excellent. Verizon was passable. We camped at Lake Catherine State Park in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

There are a few hikes right from the campground. Hot Springs National Park is 25 minutes away, and is well worth going to, especially if you like hot springs.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

A nice heavily wooded campground overlooking the lake. We camped at Lake Catherine State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
58
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice campsites and no problem with our 36' RV. Had a peaceful spot on the lake. Our site was across from power plant so when the plan was running you could hear it but not really annoying. Stayed here as we visited Hot Springs National Park and Hot Springs Off Road Park. We camped at Lake Catherine State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
44 C loop
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $37.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in site 011. Beautiful site at the end of the row so out open side had to neighbors. Lots of trees so Satellite was an issue, although we were still learning to set it up. There is a hum from the power plant across the lake that sounds like distant boat motors 24/7. We liked it so much we came back in Sept. on the way home. Beaware site 011 is on a hill so you have to back your rig uphill and there is a tree right at you front end on the turn. The camp host said we were lucky we had 4WD as he had seen people without not get in. We are 34 ft.and fit nicely. We camped at Lake Catherine State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
011
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Great park in a super location,lake was perfect. Site 68 could be the best one in the park,loved the view.Lake was perfect for kayaking,launched from campsite. Staff was easy to deal with. We camped at Lake Catherine State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
68
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

15 mile drive to Hot Springs for groceries,but lots of choices there.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Paradise !! wish we could have stayed long. We had 33'TT w. Ram 2500 extended cab plus two bassets. Had plenty of room. Campsites are beautiful, roads easy to navigate. Campground is beautiful. Bathrooms are clean and spacious. Would highly recommend this park. Our site only had water & power; some have sewer. Dump station nearby. Stop and enjoy this beautiful campground. Lots of walking trails, one lead to waterfalls & swinging bridge. Kids and pets welcome !!! We camped at Lake Catherine State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

Large, very pretty state park. Nice hilly terrain, lots of trees and a great view of the lake. Relaxing place for just a stop over or a vacation. About twenty miles out of town so come with plenty of fuel and what you plan to eat. We camped at Lake Catherine State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
14
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The signs in the park are small and hard to find and the map they give you is sort of confusing. Drive slow and pay attention so you don't miss your section or your site.

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