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Set in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, Davidsonville Historic State Park combines pioneer history with modern amenities. The park protects the frontier town of Davidsonville, which was established in 1815 and later became the birthplace of the Territory of Arkansas. Today, a series of restored buildings and archeological sites offer a glimpse of the town's fascinating history and the role it played in local trade and travel. There are also plenty of opportunities to enjoy the fresh air, with fishing, boating, and hiking just some of the outdoor activities on offer.

Planning an adventure in the Natural State? Book an RV in Randolph County and you can escape to Davidsonville Historic State Park. You'll find rental RVs for every occasion, from family-sized rigs to compact campers. Once you've found your ideal home on wheels, check out other Arkansas hot spots like Hot Springs National Park and the Buffalo National River.

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Getting Outdoors

Interpretive trails wind through Davidsonville Historic State Park and are a fantastic way to discover the unique history and heritage of the site. The Historic Townsite Trail is dotted with informative plaques and takes you past the sites of the first courthouse and post office in the Territory of Arkansas. Pick up a brochure from the visitors' center to learn more about the historic town as you walk. The Black River Trail takes around two hours to hike and passes through the historic Philips-Reeves Cemetery. For a shorter hike, try the Scott Cemetery Trail, which stretches for half a mile and leads up to a Civil War graveyard.

Davidsonville Historic State Park borders the Black River, making it a rewarding destination for anglers. Cast a line from the shore and you could reel in crappie, bass, catfish, and other freshwater species. The park also rents out pedal boats, kayaks, and canoes that make it easy to access to deeper water or enjoy a leisurely paddle along the Black River or on the lake. You'll also find excellent fishing on the nearby Eleven Point and Spring Rivers.

The visitors' center is a great introduction to the park and features a life-sized replica of an 1820s flatboat used by hunters and trappers. It also showcases relics found in archeological digs. Interpretive programs are offered throughout the year and are a great way to enrich your visit. History walks, guided hikes, baking workshops, ghost talks and Thanksgiving feasts are just some of the activities on offer.

Camping at Davidsonville Historic State Park

The Davidsonville Historic State Park campground enjoys a scenic setting among towering oaks and maples. It's nestled on the banks of Black River and offers 20 sites with picnic tables and fire rings for enjoying your meals outdoors. You're also a short stroll from Trappers Lake and the picnic area. Twelve sites are Class AAA and feature 50-amp electric hookups, as well as water and sewer lines. The remaining eight sites feature 50-amp electricity and water connections. If you need extra space, there's also a primitive tent area with ten sites.

Davidsonville Historic State Park RV campground is equipped with the comforts of home, including well-maintained restroom and shower facilities. There's also a sanitary dump station for RVs. The largest sites can accommodate RVs of up to 60 feet in length, making Davidsonville Historic State Park a good option for small to medium-sized rigs. Dogs are welcome, so why not rent a pet-friendly motorhome and bring along Fido on your next RV camping trip?

Exploring the Area

Camping at Davidsonville Historic State Park is a unique opportunity to discover the rich heritage of Arkansas. In Pocahontas, the Civil War River Walk Memorial Trail is dotted with historic markers that recall the town's role in the Civil War. In the 1800s, the riverside town served as a headquarters for Confederate troops and was a famous stop on the Southwest Trail. Today, you can stroll around the historic downtown core and admire local landmarks like the Victorian Italianate courthouse built in 1872.

All the motorhome camping essentials you'll need, including gas, groceries, and supplies, can be found in the nearby town of Black Rock. For more choice, drive 20 minutes southeast to Walnut Ridge. Memphis is a 100-mile drive south and is a good base for renting an RV near Davidsonville Historic State Park. While you're in town, allow time to enjoy live blues music on Beale Street, tour the iconic Sun Studio, and visit Graceland, the former home of the King. Camping in an RV near Memphis is also a great opportunity to dig into Southern specialties like dry-rubbed ribs, smoky pulled pork, and cornbread.

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