Lake Frierson State Park
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Introduction

Lake Frierson State Park is an 335-acre aquatic retreat located in northeastern Arkansas. RV campers will find a wide range of water activities, from water skiing and kayaking to fishing. The waters of the lake are populated by fish species such as walleye, bream, catfish, and bass. There is also a fishing pier, if you don’t want to take a boat out onto the water. The park offers boat rentals, from large vessels to canoes.

In addition to Lake Frierson, you’ll have access to a number of hiking trails that loop around the water. The forests surrounding the lake are also home to dozens of species of birds, making the park a great option for RV campers interested in birdwatching. There is also a visitor center with interpretive exhibits that is open year round.

There is a small campground within the park that has seven campsites. You’ll be able to camp in privacy with water and electrical hookups. The campground is also close to the water, making it easy to access the boat launch and get to the swimming areas. The hiking trails are just outside of the campground as well.

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Transportation in Lake Frierson State Park

Driving

Located in northeastern Arkansas, Lake Frierson State Park is within driving distance of major cities such as St. Louis, Memphis, and Nashville. The park’s roads are wide, so you shouldn’t have any trouble getting a larger rig to your campsite.

If you are driving from St. Louis, take US-67 south from the city and you will reach the park in around three and a half hours. From Nashville, take I-40 west to get to the park in around four hours. If you are coming from Memphis, take I-555 west and you will arrive at the park in around an hour and a half.

Lake Frierson State Park is just off AR-141. The campground is just a short drive from the entrance of the park, and there are few tight turns. You should be able to navigate large rigs through the park easily.

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Campgrounds and parking in Lake Frierson State Park

Campsites in Lake Frierson State Park

Reservations camping

Lake Frierson State Park Campground

There are seven sites at the campground found within the park. Four of the sites have electrical and water hookups, and the other three have no hookups. All of the sites have a fire pit and picnic table. The campground is also pet friendly. Just make sure that you keep your dog on a leash at all times.

There are restrooms located right on the edge of the campground. You’ll also be within walking distance of the park’s main hiking trail, as well as a fishing pier. The visitor center is close to the campground, as is the park’s playground.

You can book all of the sites online. The sites can be booked same day, and can be reserved up to a year in advance. The campground is small, with only seven sites, so you should try to book as soon as possible, especially if you are visiting the park during peak season.

First-come first-served

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Seasonal activities in Lake Frierson State Park

In-Season

Birdwatching

The oak-hickory forests that surround Lake Frierson are home to many different species of birds. RV campers interested in birdwatching will find dozens of species in the park throughout the year, including some of the rarest birds in Arkansas.

The park office may have more information on the bird species that you’ll find in the park. You should also consult the websites of local birdwatching groups, many of which produce helpful bird checklists and field guides.

You’ll find birds in the park throughout the year, although the park tends to be most active in spring and fall, when you can catch many migrating bird species as they move through the park.

Boating

The park is a great destination for RV campers interested in boating. The park allows motorized boats, so you’ll be able to water and jet ski. There are hours for motorized boats on the lake, so check with the park office to see when you can take your motorized boat out onto the water.

If you don’t want to bring your own boat along with your campervan, you can rent a number of different vessels, from motorized boats to kayaks and canoes. You can rent for the day, or choose to rent for the duration of your stay.

Fishing

Lake Frierson State Park is known for having some of the best fishing in the area. You’ll find a wide range of different fish species in the lake, such as crappie, bream, saugeye, bass, and bream. The fishing is also excellent year round, so anglers will get plenty of bites no matter when they choose to visit the park.

You can take a boat out onto the water with the boat launch. The park has fishing piers, in case you want to fish from the shore. There’s also a bait shop, and fishing boats are available for rental.

Off-Season

Playing at the Playground

If you have children, the park has a playground located near the main swimming areas. Keep the kids entertained and then head over to the picnic pavilion for a snack. The playground is a quick walk from the RV campground, as well as the park’s main hiking trails.

You’ll also be near the visitor center, if you want to check out the rotating exhibits and nature guides hosted by park officials.

Visitor Center

If you want a break from the outdoors, you can consider heading to the visitor center. You’ll find a number of rotating exhibits, many of them highlighting the local plant and animal life found in the park. The visitor center is also close to the RV campground.

The visitor center is open year round. However, the times might change depending on the season, so be sure to check with the park office about hours when you visit the during.

Hiking

The park has a network of hiking trails that loop around Lake Frierson. The oak-hickory forests in the park are full of birds, making a great spot for birdwatching. There’s also a number of rare trees that are native to Arkansas.

The loop trail is accessible for hikers of all experience levels and ages. It’s also easy to reach from the park’s campground.

The trail is open year round, but most hikers find that it’s best during the spring, when the dogwoods are blooming.

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