The Jolly Ann
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Northcentral Arkansas is a delightful place to visit when you are exploring various state park RV campgrounds. After you search for an RV in Pope County, which is in north-central Arkansas, it will be easy to head to Lake Dardanelle State Park to stay a night, three, or more. This state park rests on the shores of Lake Dardanelle, a massive 34,000-acre reservoir that is fed by the Arkansas River.
The park is home to a massive visitor’s center that overlooks the lake, and guests at Lake Dardanelle State Park, will find many exciting features in this 10,000 square foot building. While camping at Lake Dardanelle State Park you’ll be able to easily access a lot of the cities in the area. Nearby to the park are Russellville, Morrilton, and Danville, all of which are interesting places to explore at your leisure.
There are a lot of exciting outdoor activities to enjoy while you are visiting Lake Dardanelle State Park after renting an RV. One of the easiest and most accessible activities is observing nature, both plants, and animals. There are many migratory birds that pass through this park, and in conjunction with the birds that live here year-round, there are plenty of species to keep even the most avid bird watcher busy.
An interpretive center, interpretive trail, and interpretive programs are a great way for the family to get closer to nature. This trio of interpretive activities will help you learn more about the local flora and fauna, so when you want to increase your knowledge on north-central Arkansas plants and animals, these are the activities for you. Some of the interpretive activities are seasonal, so be sure to call the park ahead of time when you arrange your rental RV to ensure they will be running.
Because the lake is such a massive feature at this state park, it shouldn’t be a huge surprise that boating, fishing, swimming, and enjoying the beaches surrounding the lake are popular activities. There are a few different boat ramps located within the park for visitors to use, and a fishing pier makes it easy to fish even without a boat. Licenses are required to fish, so be sure to sort them out ahead of time to ensure there are no problems while enjoying all that Lake Dardanelle has to offer.
RV camping at Lake Dardanelle State Park is easy since there are nearly 75 different campsites to choose from, depending on availability. Of these campsites, there are 30 full hookup sites that offer electricity, water, and sewage. Forty other locations have basic water and electricity, but lack sewer. There is a centrally located dump station for you to use when you need to empty your RV.
The campground has many community amenities for all of its visitors to use that will make your stay more enjoyable. There is drinking water at stations located throughout the park, and centrally located flushing toilets and hot showers are within walking distance from all the campsites. There is also a visitor center that has tons of park information, a marina with kayak and boat launches, and a small store that sells firewood to fuel those quintessential campfire nights.
In the region of Arkansas that Lake Dardanelle State Park resides there are definitely some unique and fun towns to explore. One of the nearest towns to the park is Russellville, which is a convenient place to find both restaurants and gas stations to keep your trip fueled. In Russellville, there are Italian, Chinese, Southern, American restaurants and more. There are locally owned diners and fast food chains too, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding something you’ll enjoy.
The Arkansas Tech Museum is also located in Russellville. This museum, which is part of the local college, has exhibits that are geared specifically toward both adults and children. There are hands-on exhibits, informational exhibits, and audiovisual exhibits too. The museum has rotating hours throughout the seasons, so be sure to call ahead when planning to visit to ensure they are open.
While you camp in an RV near Russellville be sure to check out the Potts Inn Museum, which is one of the best-preserved stagecoach stops in the area. This museum, which is contained in a preserved and restored 1850s style home, has many exciting features to entertain guests. There are hats and clothing on display that stretch back to the 1870s, doll collections, Native American artifacts, and even a barn that contains antique farm equipment. The museum is fun for the whole family when you are already exploring the great outdoors.