Village Creek State Park is a massive nearly 7,000-acre park in east Arkansas that has provided a habitat to dozens of wildlife species and offered a recreational escape for RV visitors since it was first established in 1976. Most of the park has remained in its natural state, preserving the timeless landscapes and cultural history of the area.
The park lies in what is known as Crowley's Ridge, with the park facilities resting in a long valley carved out by Village Creek. The park is also home to the remains of the historic Memphis-to-Little Rock Road, the first road that allowed people to actually access the area. Parts of the park were also used during the Indian Removal and a large section of the Trail of Tears is within the park.
On a brighter note, the park now offers plenty of modern recreation options and is home to dozens of miles of trails and a large 27-hole golf course. Whether you want to play a round of golf, shoot hoops, swing the tennis racket, or swim on the beach, you can do it all during your RV trip to Village Creek State Park. The park is also home to fishing lakes, interpretive programs, 10 cabins, and 96 campsites near Lake Dunn. The park also features a fascinating museum, visitor's center, gift shop, amphitheater, and equestrian campground. Everything about Village Creek State Park makes it the perfect spot for your next RV vacation.
RV Rentals in Village Creek State Park
Transportation in Village Creek State Park
Village Creek State Park can easily be accessed using various roads. If you are coming from up north, all you have to do is travel six miles south from the nearby town of Wynne, via Highway 284, which will take you right to the park entrance. If approaching from the south, you can reach the park by taking I-40, and then travelling on Highway 284 for approximately 13 miles. Once inside the park, the roads are in good condition and will take you to all of the park's facilities, but won't take you to every corner of the park.
Most of the park has remained undeveloped and in its natural state, so you should always be careful when exploring unmarked areas. However, the paved roads shouldn't pose any navigation problems, regardless of what you're driving, since they aren't especially narrow and don't have any hairpin turns. If you don't want to take your RV around the park after hooking it up, it's best to bring an extra car or bikes to get around the park. Bikes are a popular choice since many of the trails are suitable for bikes, but if you're travelling with small children bringing an extra car may be easier.
Campgrounds and parking in Village Creek State Park
Campsites in Village Creek State Park
Camp Area B
Camp Area B is even closer to Lake Dunn than Camp Area A and offers 24 campsites with full hookups. The sites are very spacious, with the smallest site being 55 feet long. Bathhouses and a dump station are located in or near the campground, along with a playground for the kids. Unlike Camp Area A, this campground isn't arranged in a loop, with the exception of a few sites, which many visitors find easier to navigate.
The roads from the campground will take you to nearby park facilities, including the visitor center, tennis courts, and baseball field. Although no trails can be accessed directly from the campground, it isn't hard to find your way to one of the many nearby trails. It's not hard to imagine that the campsites at this campground are the most in demand, so be sure to reserve your spot before arriving. Nearby there is also an equestrian campground for those who are travelling with their equine friends.
Camp Area A
Camp Area A is one of two campgrounds within the park, offering 41 campsites, each of which has water and electric hook-ups. Five of the campsites feature 50 amp hook-ups, while the other 36 have 30 amp hook-ups. Although there are no sewer hookups at this campground, there are nearby bathhouses and dump stations. The site lengths vary anywhere from 22 feet to over 100 feet, so the sites can accommodate a wide range of vehicles. Just be sure whatever site you choose can accommodate your equipment.
The campground is just a short walk from the lake and an even shorter walk from the Lake Dunn Trailhead, the beginning of a popular three-mile hiking and biking trail. Most of the sites are well shaded and provide a serene setting to unwind and relax after a day of exploring the park. Each site also has a grill and picnic table so you can cook up and enjoy meals in the middle of mother nature, even if it's not as primitive as how our ancestors did it.
Camp Area B
No sites at this campground are set aside for local sale only, they are all available to reserve. Since this campground is smaller than Camp Area A, and the sites are considered premium, so you'll definitely need a reservation if you want to stay here. It's unlikely that any will be unreserved when you arrive, but if you're lucky and there is one available they are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
Camp Area A
All of the sites at Camp Area A are available to reserve, with none being set aside for local sale only. However, whatever sites are not reserved when you arrive can be booked on a first-come, first-served basis.
Seasonal activities in Village Creek State Park
Although Lake Austell is more popular for swimming, Lake Dunn is the perfect spot to go boating. Located near the campgrounds, the lake has a bait shop and boat rentals available from April to September. Fishing boats, kayaks, and pedal boats can all be rented within the park. Many RV visitors love the serenity and grounding effect that spending an afternoon on the lake can have, whether you are fishing or just relaxing. Both lakes are open for fishing and are stocked with catfish, bass, crappie, and bream.
Hiking & Biking
There are so many ways to get out in the fresh air during your RV trip to Arkansas. The park features a whopping 25 miles of trails, all of which are great for hiking, with certain parts also being suitable for mountain biking. All of the trails are great for nature lovers, since they allow you to get up close and personal with the local wildlife, but some trails are even better for history lovers. The two-mile long Military Road Hiking Trail follows the path of the Trail of Tears. A more detailed guide of the trails and what parts are best for biking can be found on the park's website. Regardless of what trails you take, be sure not to disturb the area.
Village Creek State Park features the best golf courses in the state, and best of all, it's open to the public. The course offers a wide variety of holes, with 12 of them featuring water. The dramatic elevation changes of Crowley's Ridge provides the perfect setting for the golf course. The course, known as the Ridges at Village Creek, features a full-service clubhouse and pro shop, a snack bar, and driving range. Golf championships are commonly held here, but you can book a time to play like the pros.
Visiting the Museum
A small museum, known as the Discovery Room, is located adjacent to the visitor center. If you are longing to learn about the geologic and cultural history of the area and the wildlife within the park go ahead and park your camper at the museum. Even if you participate in one of the interpretive programs, it's worth taking the time to visit the museum because a single program can't cover everything there is to know about the park. The captivating exhibits teach visitors nearly everything they need to know about the area, all in one place.
Attending Interpretive Programs
Interpretive programs are offered year round at Village Creek State Park. Various programs are offered, including guided hikes, that allow visitors to learn more about the unique ecosystems within the park and the various species that call the area home. Programs also teach participants about the rich geologic and cultural history of the park. These programs are especially great for families, since they engage the whole family, but soloist adventurers are welcome to join as well.
When the sugar maples, poplars, and other trees in the park are capped with snow in the winter, they provide the perfect backdrop for horseback riding. Many of the trails are suitable for horseback riding, and you can explore them over the course of more than one day since the park also offers an equestrian campground. Although you aren't getting the same cardio workout you would hiking, riding horseback is the easiest way to explore the trails with more rugged terrain.