We spent a fantastic weekend in Eureka Springs, Arkansas a couple of weeks ago. We’ve visited this little town many times over the years, but this was our first time visiting to camp.
My father visits Eureka frequently for music festivals, and recommended Wanderlust RV Park as the best campground around town. The owners were so incredibly friendly. The campsite views were phenomenal if you can get on the back ridge of the property. The lots were mainly gravel, but our site had a long grassy area where Ben ran all over flying his kite and playing ball with Josh.
My favorite feature of the park was the trolley stop. Eureka Springs has a fantastic trolley system that takes visitors all over town. Driving and parking in town is difficult with narrow, winding, and congested streets. Being able to leave our car with the camper and hop on the trolley to get in and out of town was fantastic. The trolley comes through every 20 minutes or so, and the camp store sells trolley tickets.
In Eureka Springs, we made the mistake of bringing a stroller. The historical buildings and shops really don’t lend themselves to strollers, and the baby carrier would have been a much better choice. Many of the stores are also galleries, glassware, and jewelry shops that we completely skipped over as not being very child-friendly. However, we still managed to find plenty of places to pick up a couple of souvenirs and sweet treats.
We managed to get a little hiking in at nearby Pivot Rock, which included following fun roadside attraction signs and winding roads that would not be good with a trailer attached. The short walk featured a natural bridge and pivot rock. The cold, overcast morning caused us to walk very quickly through the park, but made for a fun excursion we hadn’t visited before in Eureka Springs.
We also drove to Lake Leatherwood – a city park that includes a small lake, dock, canoe rental, and walking path. After the cool morning hike, we decided to skip this one for today, but file it away for a warmer summer trip back to the area.
The highlight of the trip was the kite festival in nearby Turpentine Creek. Turpentine is an animal sanctuary that cost quite a bit to tour, but benefits mainly large cats that have been rescued from across the nation.
This community boasts openness to gender diversity, welcomes thousands of bikers each year, and includes a broad range of religious / nonreligious diversity within its local population. We love this eccentric little town that defies most people’s expectations of what Arkansas is like.