Mount Nebo State Park
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Introduction

Stunning views from 1,350 feet, fascinating hiking and biking trails, beautiful springs, waterfalls and Fern Lake at Mount Nebo State Park, Arkansas, make it the perfect destination for your next RV vacation. Located seven miles west of Dardanelle on Ark. Highway 155, Mount Nebo State Park sits atop part of a series of flat-topped mountains located along the Arkansas River, offering spectacular views of Lake Dardanelle, Arkansas River, and mountain ranges.

The park is popular among RV campers for its unique trail system which provides more than 14 miles of hiking pleasure. The Bench Trail, for example, offers easy walking, easy access, scenery and history. Some of the features of the park such as bridges, cabins, trails, and pavilions were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933 using native stones and logs from the mountain. Facilities available for RV campers in the park include 34 campsites, 15 cabins, swimming pool, picnic areas, tennis courts, pavilions, and a visitor center with gift shop.

If you've ever wanted to watch the sun rise or set in all its glory and splendor, park your RV at your camp and take a hike on Rim Trail and Bench Trail to two points in Mount Nebo State Park that offer superb views of the sun's rise and fall. Regardless of the time of year you visit, Mount Nebo State Park is the perfect RV destination for you.

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Transportation in Mount Nebo State Park

Driving

Highway 155 West is only one way with 11 switchbacks and up to 18% grade. Driving up to the park in your RV/trailer or any other vehicle is quite the experience since it is located at the summit of Mount Nebo. The road up to the park consists of zigzags and series of tight hairpin turns, hence the 24-foot length restriction on RVs/trailers. All the campsites and cabins in the park are connected by well paved roads, and there are no driving restrictions for RVs/trailers within the park.

Parking

Mount Nebo State Park has parking options for your RVs, trailers, cars or bikes with four parking spaces in the park. Two parking spaces are located in the northern part of the park - around the Visitor Center and along the Bench Overlook Trailhead around Nebo Springs. The other two parking lots are located in the eastern and southern ends of the park. All the parking lots are accessible by RVs and trailers. Note that the eastern parking space is reserved for Hike-in campers.

Public Transport

There are no public transportation facilities within the park, however residential areas and private homes are located within the park.

Campgrounds and parking in Mount Nebo State Park

Campsites in Mount Nebo State Park

Reservations camping

Mount Nebo State Park Campground

Mount Nebo State Park features 24 Class B campsites open all year round with water hookups and 30 Amp electricity hookups for your RV. The campsites are also equipped with grills and tables, a modern bathhouse, tennis court, picnic area, basketball field, a swimming pool and amphitheater. Registered self-contained camping units in the park may use, free of charge, the sanitary dump station at Lake Dardanelle State Park (located 12 miles north). The maximum RV/trailer length is 24 feet. Parking spaces for RVs/trailers at the campground are accessible, and there are no driving restrictions with the camp. All the campsites are reservable and may be reserved up to one year in advance.

If your preference during your RV trip is a hike-in campsite, there are 10 such facilities in the campground along the Bench Trail accessible by well-marked trails. These hike-in campsites, however, do not provide RV hookup support.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Mount Nebo State Park

In-Season

Hiking

On your RV trip, one of the most fulfilling activities that you definitely want to engage in is hiking on the trails which allow campers to explore the mountain’s history and beauty. The seven trails in the park provides more than 14 miles of hiking delight. These trails, which are marked to ensure safe navigation, lead to various springs, waterfalls, lakes, and bridges. The two most popular trails are the four and a half-mile long easy Bench Trail which leads to Sunset Point, and the easy to moderate Rim Trail which leads to Sunrise. The level of difficulty of other trails in the park vary from easy to strenuous.

Biking

Mount Nebo State Park is a popular site for mountain biking, particularly on the Bench Trail around the mountain. If you go biking on your RV camping trip, you get to ride past Fern lake, historic springs, woodlands and pine forest and various outcrops. Even more, if you are with your family in the RV, the biking trail adventure is perfectly designed to make for an excellent adventure for you all. So, bring your bike along!

Visitor Center

Interpretive programs, such as nature demonstrations, Cornwell House tours, and guided hikes are held all year round in the Visitor Center to allow RV campers learn about the history and geology of Mount Nebo and make meaningful connections of features of the park. Camping supplies, gift items and picnicking needs are also available at the Center to make your camping experience more memorable. If you forgot to bring your bike and would love to go on a biking trail, you can also rent bikes at the center.

Off-Season

Swimming

Pack your swimming gear in your RV for your trip to Mount Nebo State Park to enjoy the modern swimming pool and bathhouse located at the eastern rim of the mountain. The pool is generally open to all RV campers from Memorial Day to Labor Day and is the perfect place to relax, renew, and connect. What’s more, pavilions, an amphitheater, the Historic Cornwell House, and a basketball court surround the pool, giving you a plethora of options for fun and picnicking before, or after, your swimming session.

Hang Gliding

A unique activity in Mount Nebo State Park for RV campers with the requisite skills and certification is hang gliding. As one of the only two parks in Arkansas with a launch site for hang gliding, it is the destination for enthusiasts and fun lovers to launch from two points on the 1,350-foot high mountain and soar above the valley while enjoying breathtaking views of the world below. Hang gliding is only done on days with good weather and two hang gliding events are held annually.

Nebo Falls

Nebo Falls is a lovely 32-feet high waterfall located atop Mount Nebo in the southern part of the park on the trail connecting the Bench and Rim Trails. The waterfall is seasonal and best viewed after periods of prolonged or heavy rainfall. On your RV trip, be prepared for an easy to moderate level of difficulty in accessing the waterfall, however, rest assured, the effort is totally worth it.

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