Charlton Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is 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.

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: Campground open 5/1/21 - 11/1/21. Campground Loop A (tent sites) open 5/23/21 - 11/1/21
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

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


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