Mississippi River State Park immerses you in the natural beauty of the St. Francis National Forest and Crowley's Ridge region. It's a fantastic place to soak up the Southern sunshine, with swimming, kayaking, fishing, and hiking just some of the outdoor activities on offer. Gear up for excellent birding and wildlife watching opportunities, as well as fantastic nature programs.
Mississippi River is one of the newest additions to the Arkansas State Park system and has quickly won over locals and visitors alike. The park features six unique recreation areas and three campsites, making it a fantastic place to enjoy an RV camping getaway in Arkansas. Book an RV in Lee County and you can escape to Mississippi River State Park. With a home on wheels, you'll also enjoy the freedom to visit other Natural State gems like Hot Springs National Park and the Ouachita National Forest.
With seven waterways and reservoirs to discover, Mississippi River State Park is a paradise for anglers. Cast a line and you could reel in largemouth bass, bream, crappie, and catfish. In summer, sunseekers flock to bask on the beach and cool off in the clear waters of Mississippi River State Park. Bear Creek Lake Recreation Area features a sandy beach and roped-off swim area. There's also a beach at the Storm Creek Lake Recreation Area. Stronger swimmers can make a splash in the Mississippi and St. Francis Rivers, though currents can be strong and lifejackets are recommended.
Hiking trails meander through the park and are a great way to stretch your legs. The one-mile Bear Creek Lake Nature Trail is a good family-friendly option and takes you through towering groves of native trees. As you hike, watch for residents like whitetail deer, wild turkeys, squirrels, raccoons, rabbits, and waterfowl.
Seasonal interpretive programs are offered throughout the year and are a great way to enrich your visit to Mississippi River State Park. Guided nature walks, kayaking trips, campfire circles, stargazing evenings, lake cleanups, and Dutch oven workshops are just some of the events on offer. Stop by the visitors' center to find out more and check out colorful displays on local flora, fauna, and geology. There's also a multi-purpose area for weddings, family reunions, and other group events.
Camping at Mississippi River State Park
Mississippi River State Park offers a unique chance to camp by one of the most iconic waterways in North America. Choose from a variety of different sites spread across three different camping areas. The Beech Point Campground is set on a wooded peninsula and treats you to gorgeous views of the lake. There are 14 Class AAA sites with 50-amp electric, water, and sewer hookups, as well as three Class D walk-in sites for tents. All include picnic tables, grills, and lantern hooks for enjoying your meals outdoors.
At this developed state park RV campground, you'll enjoy access to a central bathhouse. Driveway lengths range from 50 to 70 feet, making Beech Point Campground a good option for larger rigs. Lone Pine Campground is on the east side of the lake and features 14 primitive sites and a secluded atmosphere. Maple Flats Campground caters to groups and features primitive sites and a vault toilet. Pets are welcome, so why not bring along Fido on your Mississippi River State Park camping adventure?
Exploring the Area
RV camping at Mississippi River State Park is a great excuse to explore the Upper Delta, a captivating corner of Arkansas where you'll find charming riverside towns, scenic waterways, and emerald-green golf courses. The park offers easy access to some of the best drives in the state, including the Great River Road National Scenic Byway and Crowley's Ridge Parkway. Great River Road hugs the banks of the Mississippi, while Crowley's Ridge winds through hardwood forests and rolling hills. Be sure to have a playlist of Johnny Cash, Charlie Rich, Albert King, and other Delta Blues legends on repeat. For a glimpse of the region’s rich musical legacy, don't miss the Rock ‘n’ Roll Highway 67 Museum in Newport.
Fuel, food, and other motorhome camping essentials can be found in Marianna, a friendly town three miles northwest of the park. Memphis is a one-hour drive up the US-79 and is a great place to rent a camper near Mississippi River State Park. While you're in town, be sure to catch live blues music along Beale Street, visit the thought-provoking National Civil Rights Museum, and tour Graceland, the former home of Elvis. Little Rock is a two-hour drive west and is another popular place to rent a camper near Mississippi River State Park and kickstart an Arkansas road trip.