While Arkansas may not seem like an amazing vacation hotspot, many people flock here to enjoy state park RV camping while learning about the history, fauna, and flora of the Natural State. Lake Frierson State Park near Jonesboro is a great place to park your rental motorhome and relax for the weekend. While the park is only 114 acres, it's located right on the shore of Lake Frierson, a 335-acre lake known for year-round fishing and a laid-back atmosphere.
The park is only about an hour and a half from Memphis, TN, where you can check out Graceland while in the area. Poplar Bluff, MO is also about an hour and a half from Lake Frierson State Park. Be sure to book an RV in Greene County and spend some time relaxing and communing with nature while enjoying the views of Lake Frierson.
Geocaching is becoming a popular activity for kids and adults. Geocaching is a worldwide treasure hunt where people hide items and post clues on where to find the cache. Many people plan their vacations around the best spots to go geocaching while RV camping at state parks. No matter what the cache is, the real fun is figuring out where to look. The park office has a clue sheet available to help you on your search for geocaches hidden in Lake Frierson State Park. The Arkansas State Parks system also encourages visitors to upload photos of their geocaching experiences.
Boating is a great way to relax on the 335-acre Lake Frierson. The park does allow motorized boats on the lake as well as jet skis; however, there are regulations regarding the use of motorized watercraft, so check with the park office before going out on the water. A boat launch is available within the park. Visitors can even rent kayaks, paddleboats, canoes, and motorized boats.
While spending the weekend camping with a motorhome at Lake Frierson State Park, bring along your fishing gear. Fishing is allowed any time of the year at the park, and anglers can try to catch bass, bream, crappie, or catfish. You can try your luck fishing from the shoreline, or you can rent a boat and head out to the middle of the lake. If you're new to the sport or don't have your own gear, you can grab supplies from the park's gift shop. A valid Arkansas fishing license is required to fish within the park.
Camping at Lake Frierson State Park
Pull your campervan rental into Lake Frierson State Park and make memories to last a lifetime. Lake Frierson State Park's RV campground is fairly small, offering just seven sites. Of those, four sites feature electric and water hookups, while the remaining three are primitive tent sites. Amenities include restrooms, picnic tables, and grills. Shower facilities aren't available here.
If you're unable to reserve a spot at Lake Frierson State Park, check out Craighead Forest Park in Jonesboro. The park's campground offers 50-amp electric and water hookups for all campsites. Each site also comes with a table, grill, and fire ring. Guests have access to a centrally located bathhouse with flush toilets and hot showers as well as laundry facilities.
Head over to Walnut Ridge and the Almost Home RV Park if you're looking for a quiet, out-of-the-way place to park your rental RV. All campsites have full hookups with electric, water, and sewer. There are hot showers, modern restrooms, and laundry facilities for guests to use.
Exploring the Area
While camping with an RV so close to Jonesboro, you'll want to stop in and visit the Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center. This unique nature center delves into the history of the area with indoor and outdoor exhibits as well as films and interactive displays for people of all ages. The nature center encompasses 160 acres and is adjacent to Craighead Forest Park. You can follow the trails that wind through the grounds and experience nature firsthand.
While visiting the Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center, pack a picnic and make the short drive to Craighead Forest Park. The park was opened in 1937 and is now owned by the city of Jonesboro. This 692-acre park is the perfect getaway for locals and tourists. The park has biking and hiking trails, basketball and volleyball courts, and a disc golf course.
Take a trip to Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and visit the University Museum. You can wander through the museum on your own, or you can sign up for a guided tour. There are permanent exhibits and temporary or traveling exhibits that are thought-provoking and fun. Be sure to check the museum's event calendar to see what's on during your stay.