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Old 03-01-2013, 11:42 AM
 
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I'm planning a camping trip to Southern Arkansas and need some insider input. We'll be tent camping and would love to be semi-isolated and in the trees not just stuck in the middle of a group of tents on a flat piece of ground. Nothing too extreme, just a nice woodsy campsite. Think lots a shade and spread out and not on top of other campers. Also, since we will be there for a week, showers will be nice.

We're coming from Southern Louisiana and don't want to drive to far, so the Ozarks are out. We're looking south of LR in the Ouachitas. I'm considering Lake Degray and have seen quite a few positive reviews but cant find any good pictures of the campsites and wanted to see if there were any lesser known sites out there. Ive also read good things about Logoly. How's the camping there? Give me some insider information!

Also, I'll take any advice on beautiful easy/moderate hiking trails. What are some must do hikes and excursions?
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Old 03-01-2013, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Might try Lake Chicot. Have fun, bring bug spray.
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Old 03-01-2013, 02:53 PM
 
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The area around Crater of Diamonds State Park is really nice ... good hiking trails and the park offers walk in camp sites that are not necessarily 'primitive camping' since they offer facilities.

Crater of Diamonds State Park - Camping

Next trip allow a few extra days to get up into the Ozarks.
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Old 03-01-2013, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Hot Springs Village, Ark
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Drive an extra hour from DeGray and camp at either Brady Mountain or Crystal Springs on Lake Ouachita. The Corps campgrounds are fantastic, clean, good restrooms and showers, and the lake is spectacular. Here is a link to campgrounds on Ouachita.

You will not be disappointed.

Lake Ouachita Campgrounds
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Old 03-02-2013, 11:23 AM
 
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These are federal recreation sites. Does anyone know if they'll be open/maintained in April and May, in the event sequester continues?
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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Don't know when they officially open for the season, so better check first. On a sad note for both campers and affected families; The Ouachita National Forest has some wonderful camping areas but unless things have changes in the past month or so, since the flood no overnight camping is allowed.
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:58 PM
 
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Don't know when they officially open for the season, so better check first. On a sad note for both campers and affected families; The Ouachita National Forest has some wonderful camping areas but unless things have changes in the past month or so, since the flood no overnight camping is allowed.
What flood? When?
I know last year they were doing some flood testing but haven't heard of any major problems since.
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Old 03-03-2013, 02:54 PM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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It was in 2010 - at the Albert Pike Campground near Lodi - such a tragedy:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/12/us/12flood.html?_r=0
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Old 03-05-2013, 02:06 PM
 
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If you're up for another hour and a half drive past Little Rock, consider Petit Jean State Park. It has all you are looking for and more, and is quite spectactular.
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Old 03-05-2013, 05:29 PM
 
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It was in 2010 - at the Albert Pike Campground near Lodi - such a tragedy:
Yes, I remember that flood, but Albert Pike reopened last year; we were there last fall. Didn't overnight, though, I believe
ArkansaSlim's right, day use only.
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