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- A Guide to RV Camping in Northwest Arkansas
A Guide to RV Camping in Northwest Arkansas
Where to Rent RVs, Top Five Campsites, and Three Delicious Recipes
Whether you're a seasoned road warrior or a first-time adventurer, we've curated the ultimate roadmap to elevate your RV experience.
Our friends at Sugarbear Express RV Rentals have compiled a list of the top five campgrounds in NWA and shared a few of their favorite campsite meals to make your next adventure extra delicious.
Sugarbear Express RV Rentals
Owners Tracey and Michelle Smith started this wonderful business in Springdale, Arkansas. Located in the heart of NWA, Sugarbear Express provides the best of both worlds, offering campers and RV rentals. We love that the customer does not have to own an RV, or Camper in order to enjoy the beauty of our countryside. As a family, you are welcome to drive across the country on a road trip of a lifetime or stay close to home at one of your favorite campgrounds in one of their campers. First-time RV’er? No problem! The Sugarbear family provides in-depth tutorials for all of their customers, as well as delivery services for those who cannot tow. Sugarbears goal is to send you confidently down the road on your next adventure. We are confident that you will appreciate this amazing company as much as we do!
Top Five Campsites
Hog Valley RV Resort
Co-Owners - Jerry & Pam Coyle and Mark & Michele Cate, have been good friends for over 20 years and partners of Hog Valley RV & Treehouse Resort located near Fayetteville, Arkansas. Whether you’re staying one night or several, they enjoy making Hog Valley RV & Treehouse Resort your home away from home! The moment you arrive, you will notice the top-notch amenities, from full hook-ups, pull-through sites, splash pad, pool, playground, and pickle-ball courts. This resort has it all! During your stay, you will be assured that you chose the perfect campground. Easy access from I-49 makes this resort a go-to hot spot!
Rustic Ridge Retreat
Rustic Ridge Retreat
Located in booming Northwest Arkansas just outside of historic Siloam Springs, Rustic Ridge is one of the most serene RV parks in Arkansas for escaping the hustle and bustle of life. Truly, it's a place where you can get away without really having to disconnect. The unique wooded RV retreat is nestled on 5 acres less than a mile from the beautiful and tranquil City Lake. The area includes fun outdoor activities such as mountain biking and hiking trails, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, a pump track, frisbee golf, and much more; Rustic Ridge will soon provide rentals for our guests’ convenience. Visit this enchanting RV park in your rig, and once remodeled, stay in one of their beautiful Cabins, or enjoy one of their Glamping tents.
Coler Mountain Bike Preserve Campground
Peel Compton Foundation
Nestled in the heart of Bentonville, Arkansas, Coler Mountain Bike Preserve campground will succeed your expectations and then some! Whether you seek adventure or relaxation, the campground at Coler Mountain Bike Preserve is your getaway to unforgettable outdoor experiences. Coler offers 16 hike-in sites, 5 camper van sites, and 1 ADA site. From the educational classes that they offer to the world-class bike trails and Airship Coffee only steps away, this campground is a mountain biker famili’s dream.
Devils Den State Park
Arkansas State Parks
Where do we start? From the unique characteristics, like rock formations and caverns and an impressive rock dam that spans Lee Creek forming Lake Devil, an 8-acre lake for fishing and boating with canoes and pedal boats for rent, this park is amazing. The hiking, backpacking, mountain bike, and horseback riding trails lead to the surrounding Ozark National Forest. Devil’s Den also includes 17 cabins with kitchens and fireplaces and 6 camper cabins. The park also offers 135 campsites (44 Class AAA, 24 Class D [no hookups], eight hike-in [tent only], and 42 sites with hookups in the horse camp that includes a bathhouse and access to the horse trails). The park’s cafe is open seasonally. The pool is open in summer only. Also on-site is a group camp, standard pavilion, store, and a meeting room. Join park interpreters on hikes along trails and for a variety of programs and special events year-round, like the Ozark Mountain Bike Festival held annually in the spring.
Wanderlust RV Park
Wanderlust RV Park
When you visit Wanderlust RV Park, you’re staying in the best of company. They escort you to your campsite when you arrive, and that’s just the beginning of the friendly service you’ll receive. They offer 88 full hookup sites, 51 of which are pull-thru sites, and 66 sites with 50 amps. You’ll also find super clean restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities. Wanderlust RV Park has a tourist trolley stop on-site on the “Blue and Yellow Route” that provides easy access to many attractions in and around Eureka Springs. Guests appreciate the variety of local entertainment from country music shows, Victorian home tours, car rallies, bike rallies, shopping, craft fairs, antique shops, parades, restaurants, train rides, and just a half mile to many mountain biking trails, and so much more.
Top Three Camping Recipes
Breakfast - Blueberry Cinnamon Bread
1 loaf (1 pound) cinnamon-raisin bread
6 large eggs
1 cup 2% milk or half-and-half cream
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
2 cups fresh blueberries, divided
Prepare campfire or grill for low heat. Arrange bread slices on a greased double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 24x18 in.). Bring foil up the sides, leaving the top open. Whisk eggs, milk, syrup and vanilla. Pour over bread; sprinkle with nuts and 1 cup blueberries. Fold edges over top, crimping to seal.
Place on a grill grate over campfire or grill until eggs are cooked through, 30-40 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand 10 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining blueberries; serve with additional maple syrup if desired.
Oven Directions: Preheat oven to 350°. Place foil packet on a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with remaining blueberries; serve with syrup.
Lunch-Fish Tacos & Salsa
Ingredients - For the Fish
2 snapper fillets, or other mild, white fish
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon cumin
For the Spicy Corn Salsa
1-2 ears corn on the cob
½ small red onion
6 tortillas, warmed over the fire
Hot sauce, optional
Start your campfire or grill - you'll be cooking this meal over medium-high heat.
Prep the fish by squeezing half a lime over the fillets, a drizzle of olive oil, and dusting both sides of the fish with chili powder, cumin, and salt. Set aside.
Once your fire is ready, place the corn and jalapeno on the grill. Grill for about 10 minutes, turning occasionally, until tender. Remove and set aside to cool slightly.
Place the fish in a wire grill basket. Place on the grill and cook for about 3 minutes, then flip and cook 2 minutes more. Remove and let the fish rest for a minute or two.
While the fish is cooking, make the salsa. Cut the corn off the cob, peel the blackened skin off the jalapeno, and chop (remove stems & seeds for a milder spice), finely chop the onion, and mince the cilantro. Place everything in a bowl and squeeze in the juice from half a lime. Add salt to taste.
Build your tacos with the warmed tortillas, corn salsa, fish, and avocado. Serve with a side of Kettle chips, and enjoy!
Dinner-Campfire Pepperoni Pizza
1 pound refrigerated pizza dough
¼ cup pizza sauce
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
½ cup sliced pepperoni
Place pizza stone on grill directly over wood fire. You may need to begin by spreading out the wood if the flames are too tall. Roll out the pizza dough to desired thickness. Place it on the pizza stone and cook 10 minutes on one side until golden.
Remove from the fire, and on the cooked side, spread the pizza sauce in an even layer over dough, leaving about a half inch around the rim of the pizza dough bare. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese evenly on top of the sauce, followed by the pepperoni slices.
Place uncooked side down, back on the pizza stone. Cover with a foil tent and cook until cheese has melted, about 10 minutes more. Transfer pizza to a cutting board and let cool slightly before cutting and serving.
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