Located only three miles south of Harrisburg in northeast Arkansas, Lake Poinsett State Park is a peaceful destination to camp in an RV for a weekend (or longer!). This 132-acre outdoor oasis offers fun activities for the whole family. Spend some time fishing or boating on the water, or stick to dry land and keep your eyes peeled for resident wildlife along the nature trails.
Planning a Lake Poinsett State Park camping adventure? The park's well-equipped campground is an ideal place to get back to nature without sacrificing your creature comforts. Book an RV in Poinsett County and you can extend your camping trip into nearby cities, such as Jonesboro and Forrest City.
Camping at Lake Poinsett State Park allows visitors to enjoy an array of outdoor activities, from hiking and wildlife watching to guided kayak and canoe tours. The 640-acre lake is a much-loved fishing hole with anglers from near and far. Pack your fishing gear in the campervan rental and try your luck reeling in bass, catfish, and bream. Find a good spot from the shore, or take advantage of the accessible fishing pier.
Boating is another popular activity with those camping at Lake Poinsett State Park. Launch out onto the placid waters of the lake in your kayak or canoe. Motorized watercraft isn't permitted on the lake. No boat? No problem — the park offers boat rentals.
If you'd rather hike instead, the one-mile Great Blue Heron Trail is just the ticket for those looking to get lost in nature. Pack a picnic basket and enjoy a snack in the picnic area afterward. The athletes among you might like to play a game of soccer or catch on the ball field in the day-use area. Or, let the kids burn some energy on the playground.
Camping at Lake Poinsett State Park
With just under 30 sites, the cozy campground at Lake Poinsett State Park is the ideal place to get a little R&R. Guests camping in an RV at Lake Poinsett State Park can choose a lakeview site with 30- or 50-amp electric hookups and water connections. While sewer hookups aren't available, RV campers can use the on-site dump station located near the park entrance. Sites also come equipped with picnic tables and grills.
The campground is open year-round, but the restroom and shower facilities are only available in the summer. Campers can reserve their site up to 12 months in advance and must check in at the visitors' center upon arrival.
Exploring the Area
Ready to wrap up your RV camping trip? A short distance from the park, you'll find a selection of gas stations and grocery stores where you can top up the tank and restock your supplies. Whether you're craving American comfort food, Mexican fare, or your fast-food favorites, Harrisburg has a handful of eateries where you can grab a bite before hitting the road again.
History buffs exploring the area might want to see Southern Tenant Farmers Museum in Tyronza. Here, visitors will learn about the daily lives of the farmers who established America's first agricultural union in the mid-1930s. The Southern Tenant Farmers Union's commitment to peaceful protest played a key role in shaping the Civil Rights Movement. Managed by Arkansas State University, the museum displays photographs, farming equipment, paintings, and video interviews with local farmers.
An hour's drive from Lake Poinsett State Park, Hampson Archeological Museum State Park offers a unique blend of indigenous history and lush green space. The museum located on the grounds of this petite park is the main attraction. Artifacts from the Nodena site, an indigenous farming village dating back to the 15th century, are on display here. Well-preserved pottery and a recreation of the original village are two of the many highlights of a tour here. After your tour, relax in the park's picnic area.
If you'd rather stay closer to Harrisburg, don't miss the Parker Homestead. Plan to spend a while touring the authentic 19th-century buildings, including a corn crib, broom shop, smithy, and the old general store that's still peddling items made right on-site. A popular venue for weddings and events, Parker Homestead welcomes thousands of visitors each year. If you're visiting in fall, don't miss the annual autumn festival, where you can enjoy live music, watch demonstrations on craft-making and cooking, and much more.
Keen to spend more time in the great outdoors? Crowley's Ridge Nature Center, Craighead Forest Park, and Village Creek State Park are all within an easy drive of Lake Poinsett State Park. With so much to do and see both on-site and in the surrounding area, why not rent an RV near Lake Poinsett State Park and gear up for an unforgettable camping trip down by the lake?