Distance from Memphis: 196 miles, three hours five minutes
A favorite of Memphians, Petit Jean is gorgeous with both easy and challenging hikes. There’s lots of scenery, including an interesting formation at the top of a plateau and a waterfall. The campgrounds feature a total of 125 campsites (including 26 pull-through sites). Thirty-five of the sites -- the Class AAA sites -- have 30- and 50-amp electrical, water, and sewer hookups. The 90 Class B sites offer 30-amp electrical and water hookups. For those who don't own camping equipment, the park offers four rent-a-yurts available year-round. The yurts are round, high-walled tents with electricity, screened windows, and doors with locks. The rental includes cots, a lantern, stove, and ice chest. Each yurt accommodates up to six persons. Call 501.727.5441 for more information or to make reservations.
Distance from Memphis: 203 miles, three hours and 15 minutes
Brady Mountain Campground offers fabulous views and boasts an idyllic placement on Arkansas's Lake Ouachita (picture crystal-clear water and bountiful fishing opportunities, and check out the Geo-Float Trail). The lake stems from the Ouachita River and boasts 690 miles of shoreline with over 200 islands. Of the 74 camping sites, 57 have electric hookups. Other amenities include a dump station, a fish cleaning station, hot showers, a boat ramp, a playground, and a swim beach. It sits just 10 miles west of Hot Springs National Park, where you can enjoy a traditional bath or modern spa experience with the natural spring water.
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