Location: Greenbrier, Arkansas
Site Quality: Asphalt roads and pads throughout the park. Mostly back in spots but there are 2 pull through sites (1 and 14) although they may be too short for our rig (particularly #1).
Type: State Park
Access: Access is from Highway 65 which is a good road with 2 to 4 lanes from Missouri southbound. The highway goes right through the heart of the Ozarks and is very hilly with many curves in spots. It was not particularly difficult to navigate but going through Harrison the lanes were very narrow. From 65 you go east on Arkansas highway 285 about 6 miles to the park.
Staff: The park attendant who checked us in was very helpful and friendly.
Amenities: Fishing pier and small store in the park. Bath house in the camping area. Swim beach and snack bar both open during the summer months (up to Labor Day) when it appears the park can get quite busy. Boat rentals on site including fishing boats, canoes, kayaks and pedal boats.
Cellular/WiFi: AT&T and Verizon 1 bar with marginal data and phone capability even with the booster. Some folks at the park said they had gotten better cell signal in prior trips so it’s possible there was an intermittent issue while we were there.
What we liked: Gorgeous park nestled in hills with lots of trees. 30 AAA sites with 50A full hookups (sites 1-30). 20 of these have tent pads as well as an RV site. Site 8 had good satellite reception but most of the other sites likely wouldn’t due to trees.
What we didn’t like: Our site had a significant slope back to front. Marginal cellular service AT&T and Verizon.
The park preserves the Woolly cabin, a one room log home erected on the Woolly family homestead in 1882 by Martin Alfred Woolly. Within the park is also a art of the old Springfield-Searcy road which connected the area to the rest of Arkansas in the 1800’s. It was used for cattle drives, and by soldiers in the Civil War, settlers, mail couriers, and farmers. Even though it was a “good road” in its day, it would have been nearly impassable during the winter months.
This is a gorgeous park tucked away in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains with lots of trees and first rate campsites. Outside of the peak season was a perfect time to be in the park although some amenities are closed then such as a lifeguard for the swim beach and the snack bar. At the center of the park is a 40 acre lake within the 440 acre park. The park also includes almost 10 miles of mountain biking trails along with about 4 miles of trails exclusively for hiking.
Sites 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 13 backup to the lake and look like they are the best choices. Sites 15 and 16 are on the lake side but the lake does not extend behind them, however 16 is very secluded. Some of these slope down toward the lake (site 9 looks to be the most level). Sites 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 are nice sites with a lake view but are a bit uneven sloping up from the road to the back of the site. We were in site 8 and had to manually level because the auto level complained about excessive slope. We were able to get level but the nose was very high, we could park under it without lowering the tailgate. Site 8 is probably the best of the lake view sites. The remaining sites also looked good with sites 17, 19 and 28 being secluded but they are not in view of the lake. 17 or 19 would be our first choice of those. Stay away from the bath house as it had a very loud exhaust fan that runs all the time. Many sites also have tent pads which make a nice place for chairs if not being used for a tent.