Arkansas-Wooly Hollow State Park

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    Wooly Hollow State Park is located about an hour north of Little Rock. I would place this park in the Small Campground category.

    General Description:
    The park encloses a small lake that accommodates several shore campsites, a swimming beach with kayak, canoe, paddle boats and flat-bottom fishing boat rentals. Along the shore is a boardwalk attached to a fishing pier with a covered area at the end.

    Camp Sites and Features:
    The park has been in existence for a while but the camping loops look relatively brand new. Camp sites are asphalt paved pads with average sized picnic tables anchored to a concrete pad adjacent to the camping pad. There is a fire ring and the rest of the campsite framed in and covered with small crushed rock that helps alleviate some of the issues with the frequently wet Arkansas Springtimes. There is also a post with a hook on it to hang a lantern.

    At the RV sites, there are full hook ups - water, electric and sewer. The electrical service provides (1) 50 amp outlet, (2) 30 amp outlets and (1) 15/20 amp duplex outlet.

    The sites are located not too close together, but closer than I prefer. There is some decent underbrush to give some privacy, depending on which part of the loop the site is located. Those on the shore line are covered by trees but have little to no privacy. The sites opposite those sites on the same road are in the middle and are opened to full sun exposure. Most of these are built into a hill and have landscaping timbers to hold the earth in place.

    There are 30 sites available as configured above and are reservable. There are a few primitive sites available, but they are tent-only.

    The public shower house is very well kept, very new and ADA-compliant. The two shower stalls and two bathroom stalls seem to be sufficient for the number of camp sites provided.

    Activities:
    Activities will vary throughout the year but it appears that the staff come up with something each weekend, with a couple of programs geared towards children. There was a kids fishing derby hosted by the park the Saturday we were there and a kite building activity on Sunday along the theme of the butterflies found in the park.

    The office is fully stocked with the typical souvenirs and light-weight camping/hiking gear but no food stuffs. Firewood is available at the office as well. The other side of the office is a snack bar opened during the busier summer season.

    Hiking is present but not very challenging. There is a relatively short section that ends up at the Wooly cabin but can go further on to follow one of the oldest travelling roads in Arkansas.

    There is a series (multi-point) geocaching available on one of the trails. We were able to find a couple of harmless spotted king snakes but with children along and a short timeframe, we were not able to truly get started. We got spent too much time poking.

    Accessible from the road but also the end point of one of the hiking trails is the Wolly cabin, built in the 1880s that is open for viewing at certain times, although I get the feeling that the rangers would open it up upon request.

    There is also an artesian aquafer and well that was discovered recently that is hiding behind one of the service buildings just after the main bridge into the campground area. The developers installed a pump to simulate a full artesian spring. When we were there, the air temperatures were quite cold but the water was modestly warm as you would expect to come from under ground.

    A modern playground and covered shelter for group events is located near the office/snack bar.

    The staff and rangers were extremely friendly and appeared to take great pride in the appearance and function of the park. I will be returning with my family to this park. Even though it is small, it offers one of the better experiences in Arkansas State Park camping.
     

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