Springhill Park campground is an Army Corp of Engineers camp, near Ft. Smith, Arkansas, with 47 sites. It sits along the Arkansas River, and between the John Paul Hammerschmidt Lake and Massard Creek. Campsites in section B line the river, while those in section A sit between the lake and Massard Creek.

I believe most sites in section A are big-rig friendly, and mostly level. But sites in section B are less level and tighter to maneuver. Sites in campground A are decently spaced and have a good view of the river. Sites in campground B have more room, but no good view due to trees.

We camped in A04, and it was a decent spot, with a small path leading to the water. But, sites 5 & 6 had a large rock ledge to sit on.

Springhill Park campground
Springhill Park campground site A06

Activities include boating, fishing, a 5.7 mile hiking trail, about 10 miles of mountain bike trails, two playgrounds, but no swimming area. Amenities include two boat ramps, restrooms, showers, a dump station, electric and water hookups, picnic tables, and fire rings. Again, no swimming area.

Cell reception is good, due to the campground being basically in-town.

From Barling, Arkansas, take SR-59 north for 1.5 miles and follow signs Address- 1700 Lock and Dam Rd, Barling, Arkansas 72923. Latitude35° 20′ 28.0000″ N Longitude 94° 17′ 48.9998″ W


In any epic journey, the dragon is a constant, though infrequent, menace. Our hero and his fair maiden had, indeed, been plagued a few times by the dragon’s distant roar. Their otherwise tranquil time of relaxation being disturbed by the beast’s incessant roar. Roaring, always roaring. And, so it was this time, behind the song of the crickets, the dragon’s roar was never-ending. The sweet sounds of silence, mauled and mangled.

Highway 59 bridge, across the Arkansas river, overpasses Springhill Park Campground.

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