Neighboring cities with verdant Gassville and rural Flippin, Bull Shoals is a breathtaking city in the Ozarks of North Central Arkansas, with numerous opportunities for exploring the outdoors. Snuggled just under the Bull Shoals Dam is Bull Shoals-White River State Park, a richly forested scenic retreat that's often called an angler’s paradise. With the surrounding White River, marked trails, interpretive programs, exhibit hall, and so much more, the park is an interactive stop filled with fun for the whole family.
In 1952, a dam was built across the White River by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to create a reservoir for flood control and hydroelectric generation. This reservoir is now the over 45,000-acre long Bull Shoals Lake. Just three short years later, the surrounding Bull Shoals area was given to the public for recreation. You’ll love walking past idyllic streams that trickle their way past marbled stone walkways and spill into the White River, surrounded by an assortment of well-kept flora and fauna.
Open year-round, the park features an exciting visitor exhibit hall, riverside marina offering rentals, bait, and supplies, and a theater showcasing the area’s history. Take a trip to Bull Shoals to discover one of the oldest limestone caverns in the Ozark mountain range, or go white-river fishing in Flippin with the family. Book an RV in Marion County today to experience all Arkansas has to offer!
Known as the place where water generates life, Bull Shoals-White River State Park is filled to the brim with birds, fish, and wildlife. While RV camping at Bull Shoals-White River State Park, be sure to grab a bird checklist pamphlet from the park. The pamphlet offers a myriad of helpful information, such as when the over 100 different types of birds are in season, where they might be found, and how to recognize the habitat where they live. From spotted sandpipers to yellow-billed cuckoos, indigo buntings to American finches waiting to be discovered, birding makes for a thrilling activity for all ages. You’ll relish taking pictures of the colorful birds and checking each variety off your list as you see them.
And of course, you can’t forget the five diverse hiking trails inside the park. Along the nearly two-mile-long Big Bluff Trail, you can walk the open field over the remains of a railroad tram built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Then, walk up the hill to view a beautiful panorama of the Bull Shoals Dam and the White River. While walking the mile-long Lakeside Trail, you’ll view, as the name suggests, crystal blue lake views at every turn. The Gaston Wildflower Garden Area and Trail is a colorful paved loop trail across from the camper registration building and showcases several different wildlife habitats. From flowering meadows to low wetlands, cedar glades to oak-hickory upland, there’s always something new to discover while hiking at Bull Shoals-White River State Park.
The White River and Bull Shoals Lake both offer hundreds of thousands of fish just begging to be caught. You can spend the day catching rainbow trout, walleye, largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, and so much more. One of the highlights of fishing at the park is that, due to the Corps strip, there are rarely any buildings along the lakeside. This makes for a rugged, nature-infused experience. Surrounded by lush vegetation and free-range wildlife, the open-air experience will awaken a deep love for nature in your soul. Live your dream in the relaxing setting of Bull Shoals-White River State Park.
Camping at Bull Shoals-White River State Park
Park that rental motorhome at Bull Shoals-White River State Park, because not only are the campsites given easy access to modern bathhouses, but they're also pet-friendly. Campsites are also within walking distance of the park’s amphitheater, basketball court, playground, and Trout Dock and Store. With over 80 campsites offering water and electric hookups for your rental RV and 34 sites with sewer hookups, you don’t have to leave modern convenience at home.
The campsites are comfortably situated right near the White River and Bull Shoals Lake, providing excellent lake views. This scenic asset to the campgrounds also provides natural air conditioning for those warm summer nights as the breeze floats off the cool waters, right into your open windows.
Exploring the Area
Whether you’re motorhome camping for the first time or the 300th, you’ll still have a blast discovering all that the park has to offer at the James A. Gaston Visitor Center. Built inside the park as an environmental education learning center and historical interpretation of the river, the center is filled with vibrant displays. View the sparkling waters from a dizzying height at the observation tower, browse the fun gift shop, or take your time discovering the 1,720-square-foot Exhibit Hall.
If you’re looking to scope out the area, take the half-hour drive over to the adventurous city of Yellville. Filled with wilderness activities, the city has outdoor trails, boat tours, eclectic shopping, and a mining ghost town, Rush Historic District. Dining in the area includes American grill, pizza, fast-food, and Mexican.
On your way back to camping in Bull Shoals, stop by Bull Shoals Caverns, located less than ten minutes from the park. With no reservations required, the caverns are filled with just about every known formation found in United States caverns. Stalactites, stalagmites, cave pearls, flowstone, and drapolites are just a few specific formations you can look forward to viewing at one of the oldest limestone caverns in the area. After a zealous day of sightseeing, jump back into your camper rental and hit the road for a week filled with hiking, boating, and fishing fun at Bull Shoals-White River State Park.