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Charlton Recreation Area U.S. Forest Service
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Description: The park consists of a wooded setting located on the banks of Walnut Creek in the Ouchita National Forest just 20 miles west of Hot Springs. Charlton Recreation Area includes individual campsites, group camp areas, and a day use area providing picnicking and swimming in a cool stream.

If you like to hike, the sites are located close to the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail or the Ouachita National Recreation Trail. For bikers the Womble Trail is highly regarded as a biking trail.

The Womble bike trail starts right out of the campground with a steep and narrow single track ascent. Some challenging switch backs, and a creek crossing highlights the trail. Some beautiful views of the valley, and great descents on the back side. Take the trail all the way to the Crystal Camp Area, and return at your leisure. When you get back to Charlton, take a refreshing dip in the cool water in one of the largest and best swim areas around.

The elevation is 420 feet.

The campground, comprised of three loops (A,B and C), is heavily wooded with mixed hardwoods and pine and has some sites overlooking Walnut Creek. Loop A has been closed and is not included in this review. Loop B has 22 campsites with electric and water hookups while Loop C has 10 sites with full hookups.

Charlton swim area, bathhouse, and natural stone dam was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) between 1935 and 1938. From Memorial Day through Labor Day there is an interpretive program every Saturday at the amphitheater.


NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Crystal Springs
RESERVATIONS: No
DIRECTIONS:
From Crystal Springs, AR, take US Rt. 270 west for 3 miles to campground.

SEASONS
Open Seasonal: Yes
Open All Year: No

Seasonal Comment:
Open April 1 through December 1 - Loop C. Loops B open May 1 through October 1.

RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED
Rate:
$10 per day - single without hookups
$5 per day (Golden Age/Access)
$17 per day - single with hookups
$12 per day (Golden Age/Access)
$23 per day - double with hookups
$15 per day (Golden Age/Access)
Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14


CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION
No. RV Sites: 0
No. Tent Sites: 0
No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 32

Total Sites: 32

Tent Pads: Yes
Group Tent Sites: No
Open Sites: No
Wooded Sites: Yes

No. Tables on Sites: 32
No. Grilles on Sites: 32

RV INFORMATION
No. Full Hookups (includes waste): 10
No. Water and Electric Only: 22
No. Water Only: 0
No. Electric Only: 0
Group RV Sites: Yes
No. RV Pull Throughs: 0
Waste Station: Yes
Potable Water at Waste Station: Yes
Average Parking Apron Size: 12' X 70'

Comments:
The parking aprons are paved.

BATH AND SHOWER FACILITIES
Vaults: No
Flush Toilets: Yes
Hot Showers: Yes

Comments:
Bathroom facilities are considered family-friendly.

OTHER FACILITIES
Playground: No
Public Phone: Yes
No. Water Spigots (non-site): 2
No. Threaded: 0
Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes

WATER SPORTS
Lake: No
Swimming (provided): Yes
Sailing: No
Boat Ramp: No
Boat Carry Down Access: No
Power Boating: No
Boating (no power): No
Water Skiing: No
Rafting (whitewater): No
Kayaking (whitewater): No

Comments:
Swim area is dammed up portion of Walnut Creek.

HIKING
Camp Charlton Interpretive Trail - 0.8 miles
Charlton Trail - 3.8 miles (hiking & mtn. biking)
Womble bike trail

FISHING
Pan fishing
Campground street address: No address
City: Nearest Town Crystal Springs
campground web address: http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/ouachita/rec...charlton.shtml
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Registered: August 2009
Location: Conway, AR




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