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The economic and educational hub of northeast Arkansas, Jonesboro sits astride Crowley's Ridge, a narrow region of rolling hills that rise above the Mississippi River delta. It has a feel of a big city with the charm of a college town (Arkansas State University is located here) surrounded by green spaces and many parks, including the state's popular Crowley's Ridge Parkway, a 200-mile national scenic byway. But with the Mississippi River close by, more exciting adventure awaits. Book an RV in Jonesboro and follow the Arkansas Great River Road all the way south to Chicot at the Louisiana state line.
Crowley's Ridge is a peculiar geological formation in the vast flatness of the Arkansas - Mississippi River delta. Rising to anywhere from 250 feet to 550 feet, the ridge is home to St. Francis National Forest, a forest that makes up for its small size with abundant fishing opportunities for crappie, bass, warmouth, and catfish.
If you'd like to mix your love of history with your love of the outdoors, consider bringing your Jonesboro RV rental to Davidsonville Historic State Park where Arkansas had its first courthouse, post office, and land office. View the artifacts that have already been excavated (most of the old territory is still underground), fish in the lake, hike the trails, or simply enjoy a relaxed camp life, especially in the fall. The campground here offers full hookup sites so you can stay for a night or more.
For a drive through the ridge's agricultural areas, Civil War sites and historic homes, museums, and state parks, take your camper rental in Jonesboro on designated roads stretching from Piggott (an hour north where Hemingway and his second wife once lived) all the way south to Helena (two hours away) that make up the Crowley's Ridge National Scenic Byway.
Experience nature and wilderness on a much grander setting in the 1.2-million acre Ozark National Forest and in the much bigger 1.8-million acre Ouachita National Forest. Both are about three to four hours to the west by Jonesboro motorhome rental but well worth the trip especially if you’re planning to see the Arkansas’ capital and largest city, Little Rock. Hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and water-based activities are popular here. The living underground cave of Blanchard Springs Caverns in Ozark National Forest is a major attraction.
Jonesboro is a mid-sized city so you have a choice of campgrounds depending on your interests and needs; there are several within five to 10 miles of the city center. Go straight south via Harrisburg Road and you'll find one with full hookup sites after a 10-minute drive. Five minutes farther down the road and you'll stumble into Craighead Forest Park, a city-owned park with full hookup sites where biking and bird-watching are popular activities. Ten miles north via AR-141 and you'll run into Lake Frierson State Park sitting close to the top of Crowley's Ridge. Water and electric hookups are available in some sites, but many come here for the opportunity to just relax and enjoy its peaceful setting while making the most of the restaurants and shopping malls nearby. If you're interested to stay in one of the bigger parks, the Ozark National Forest and Ouachita National Forest have RV camping areas where water and electric hookups, as well as dump stations, are available in some sites.
Step inside the Arkansas State University Museum and get to know the history and heritage of northeast Arkansas. View the life-size skeleton of a mastodon on display, artifacts from the early American settlement, decorative arts, and student-curated exhibits. While still on the campus, head over to the Bradbury Art Museum to check its collection of contemporary art, photography, and installations.
To better understand the area's topography, spot wildlife and find a trail to stretch your legs, visit the Forrest L. Crowley's Ridge Nature Center in south Jonesboro. Craighead Forest Park is next to it so you can pack a picnic and cast a line for bass or crappie afterward.
Jonesboro is a magnet for manufacturing, service and retail jobs so it comes as no surprise that one of the biggest malls in northeast Arkansas is here. The Mall at Turtle Creek features nationally recognized brand names while plenty of shopping options can also be had in the revitalized downtown area. Park your RV rental in Jonesboro in a campground near the city center and take the Jonesboro Economical Transit (JET) bus to get around.
Jonesboro is traditionally a ‘“dry” county so you may have to get into private clubs (with a liquor license) to enjoy a drink. But if you are keen on thumping nightlife and don’t mind venturing farther out, look southeast across the river and head to Memphis, TN for more options.
Don’t forget to put your camper to good use. Book a motorhome rental in Jonesboro, AR and go down the Great River Road. There are plenty of campgrounds along the way, so it’s easy to cross the state line to Louisiana and follow the mighty Mississippi River as it empties its powerful waters into the Gulf of Mexico.