Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
RV Park Review–Catherine’s Landing (Hot Springs, Arkansas)
Website: Catherine’s Landing
Location: 1700 Shady Grove Rd, Hot Springs, AR 71901
Date: March 2016
Price: $66/night (for a waterfront site)
Catherine’s Landing is a great RV park with lots of amenities and things happening. This park is an RVC Outdoor Destination property which is known for their “resort” amenities. The park is set on 400 acres with one mile bordering Lake Catherine and about eight or nine miles from downtown Hot Springs.
All roads, sites and patios are paved and this is definitely a big rig-friendly park. Every site has water, 50/30 amp, sewer, cable, and wifi. Fire pits and picnic tables accompany all sites.
There are a variety of sites ranging from waterfront back-in, pull-thrus, or interior back-in. Waterfront sites have a nice view of the lake from the back of the site and access for fishing.
The park also has yurts and cottages (some of which are pet-friendly). Adjacent to the yurts is a nice, large covered picnic area with grills, a dish washing station, and restrooms.
Lots and lots of amenities here. Hiking trails, swimming pool, fitness center, lounge, playground, dog park, zip-line, boat rental, boat launch, store, and disc golf.
Some amenities (boat rentals and zip-line) are an extra charge. All the facilities were newer and very clean.
Hot Springs is a nice little town nestled in the Ouachita Mountains with interesting history and natural beauty. We found plenty to do from hiking the National Park to learning about the bathhouse history to discovering the gangster influence. We spent four nights and could have stayed longer with all that the town offers. Most people come here to bathe in the soothing warm mineral waters but there is also a horse racetrack, science museum, off road track, water/theme park, alligator farm, and a few museums.
Five miles from the campground are a couple of restaurants, hardware store, gas stations, grocery, etc.
What we liked:
Overall, the park is very nice. The paved level sites with paved patios were really nice. We always like having that amenity. The dog park was a decent size for running and mingling with other dogs. The hiking trail (about 3 miles) was a big plus and got used a lot. The other nice thing was the access to water. For water-loving dogs this place is perfect.
The not so good:
There really wasn’t anything about this park that we didn’t like other than maybe the price. We booked late and didn’t have too many sites to choose from so waterfront was our only option.
Spirit’s two cents:
Spirit loved the hiking trail around the property and the access to water. A big plus was that the dog park was large enough for her and our friends dogs to run in. Hot Springs National Park has miles and miles of great hiking trails and a great place to spend an afternoon. The town of Hot Springs is very dog-friendly and we found many places that would allow them in and on the patio for lunch.