Charlton Recreation Area


Area Status: Open

Charlton Recreation Area is located 20 miles west of Hot Springs along Highway 270.

Picnic, swim, hike, and fish along picturesque Walnut Creek, a cold, spring-fed mountain stream in the heart of the Ouachita National Forest. This historic recreation area features a captivating native stone dam that forms the swimming area and rustic bathhouse built by the Civilian Conservation Corps federal work program in 1935.

Overview:

The campground is made up of three (3) loops with 46 campsites, ranging in amenities of no services to campsites with electric, water and sewer provided. Bathhouse with warm showers and flush toilets are provided. Day use hosts spring fed swimming site with some of the area's coldest water found in the area, even during the hottest of summer temperatures. A 1-mile nature trail can be found near the campground and connections to the 40-mile Lake Ouachita Vista Trail lead from the campground as well. Charlton Campground is located 18-miles west of Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.

Information about Charlton Recreation Area.

Information about Charlton Recreation Area - Spanish

Other recreation sites within the Caddo/Womble Ranger District

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open for the season. Day use area open 4/29/22 to 10/3/22; Campground open 4/29/22 to 11/7/22. Campground Loop A opens 5/20/22. No reservations. Sites available on a first-come/first-based only. 
Reservations: All campsites and facilities at Charlton are first-come, first-served. No reservations.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Fee charged for some activities,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees: Fee area. Please see attached recreation schedule and fees.
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Spring - Fall
Busiest Season: Spring - Fall
Restrictions: Hunting is not allowed in recreational areas.  Please read and follow the posted regulations.  You are responsible for your fires.  Build them in stoves, grills, and fire rings only.  No fishing in the swimming area.  All pets must remain on a leash while in the campground. No dogs allowed in the day use or swimming areas. There is a fee to use this facility.  Please pay at the self-service pay station.
Closest Towns: Mt. Ida, Arkansas.
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush
Operated By: Caddo-Womble Ranger District 870-867-2101

General Information

Directions: Twenty miles west of Hot Springs on U.S. 270.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Mountain Biking

There is a 0.8 mile Prayer in the Woods Trail for visitors to enjoy.   Access to the Charlton Trail and the nearby Lake Ouachita Vista Trail is also available.

Fees: No fee.

Campground Camping

RV Camping

Lake and Pond Fishing

Day Hiking

There is a 0.8 mile Prayer in the Woods Trail for visitors to enjoy.   Access to the Charlton Trail and the nearby Lake Ouachita Vista Trail is also available.

Fees: No fee.

Group Picnicking

Picnic pavilion.

Swimming

Amenities

Interpretive Site: Interpretive Trail
Fee charged for some activities:
Toilets: Flush
Accessible: Some parts may not be accessible.
Drinking water:

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
34.5168167

  Longitude : 
-93.3818111