Many visitors to the city of Centerton in Benton County are drawn there because of its beautiful location right in the heart of northwest Arkansas at the foot of the Orzark Mountains and surrounded by miles of unspoilt countryside that includes lakes, forests and wilderness. If you are planning a trip to the Natural State and want to get away from the lively city, you will find that there are thousands of acres of campsites and facilities in the area but these are split into two categories: Wilderness areas and Developed Campgrounds.
There are around a dozen Wilderness Areas throughout the state which cover over 600km and these are set aside solely for ‘primitive camping’ and outdoor activities like hunting, fishing and hiking. This means that no motor homes or mechanized vehicles are allowed in these areas so these are definitely for hardened, experienced campers who don’t mind roughing it. However, exploring the areas on foot, horseback or by canoe instead will provide an opportunity that will certainly enhance your ‘wilderness’ experience although map reading and orienteering skills would definitely be an advantage for anyone who fancies trying any of those options. Many of these locations are extremely isolated so they are perfect for those who really want to escape from civilization and totally get away from it all.
In addition, the state of Arkansas also has twelve developed parks with full modern amenities and facilities for those who still want to retain some home comforts while camping, these include drinking water and electricity, fire rings and sanitary dump stations, restrooms and showers as well as BBQ areas and picnic sites. Some parks also have cabins that can be rented. Paved roads winding through the parks create easy access for vehicles and there are over six hundred sites available. Among those closest to the city of Centerton, there are several on or near Beaver Lake including the Hide a way Campground and RV Park which is situated on 60 acres of natural beauty right on the shores of the lake with magnificent views of the surrounding areas. This is a family owned and operated site that has all the mod cons you would expect from a 21st century campground with its comprehensive range of amenities combined with traditional southern hospitality.
Other camping grounds in this vicinity include the Green Tree Lodge & RV Park, Kettle Campground & Cabins, Lake Leatherwood Park and Wanderlust RV Park. The area also boasts seven marina concessions which can hold 1,750 rental slips plus there are also 28 state or county licensed boat ramps. Reservations can be made in advance by telephone or in person on the day however bookings taken must be for a minimum of two days or three days over holiday weekends. Advanced fees will be requested for the first night plus admin fee and these are not refundable if you are unable to make your reservation on the day and they cannot be transferred to another date either and your reserved site will be held from 4pm which is the standard check-in time an hour later than maximum check-out on the day of your departure.