Fort Chaffee RV Park Featured

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Fort Chaffee RV Park

Location

Installation
Fort Chaffee Maneuver Training Center, Fort Smith, AR
GPS Coordinates
35.2977, -94.2936
Location Information
Fort Smith, AR
RV Gate Coordinates
35.31624, -94.28039

Directions

Directions
Fort Chaffee is located a few miles East of the town of Fort Smith. Enter Fort Chaffee at the main gate from US-22. Soon after entering the main gate, turn right and go South to Fort Smith Blvd. Stop at Billeting (35.30601N 94.28937W) and register. There's a sign in front of the building for "RV Check-In". Parking for RV's is across the street (on the left). If towing a vehicle, unhook your "toad" while in this parking lot. After check-in, continue West and turn left on 4th Ave. Go South past the PX and 22nd St on your left. Immediately BEFORE reaching 23rd St on your left, turn right onto a small dirt road to the RV Park entrance. ---- WARNING: This small dirt road is NOT MARKED. If you are driving a big rig, be sure to swing wide to make the right turn onto the road that leads to the RV park because you have to negotiate a rather narrow culvert turning off of 4th St.

Contact Information

Phone Number
(479) 484-2252/2917

Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active, Retire, Reserves, National Guard, DOD employees, 100%DAV, Guests.
Season
Year round.
Reservations
Accepted.
Internet Access
None at campground.
Mail Forwarding
(Your name), c/o General Delivery, Barling, AR, 72923
Pet Information
Pets allowed with usual leash and clean-up rules.
Campground Information
Located on a hill side overlooking a small lake. Some sites are only 20/30 Amp, other sites are only 20/50 Amp electric.
Big Rig Friendly?
Yes
Facilities
Close to Ft Smith Wal-marts, restaurants, lots of historical sites.
Amenities
  • Dump, Sewer
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Exchange

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Grass/Gravel
39
W/20,30,50A/S
$8.50
$59.50
$255

Other Information

Firearms Policy
Firearms not allowed in the RV Park. Keep them in your RV.
Weather Information

Small campground near many historical sites. It is quiet and has friendly campers. Campground is on a hill overlooking a small lake.

Photos

Fort Chaffee RV Park
Typical FHU Site
Narrow entrance to campground. SWING WIDE!

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Quiet little park. A little more rustic than most military campgrounds. Sites are large but not necessarily level. We drove behind the gym and billeting with the camper and parked beside billeting when signing in. They were very friendly. Very FEW 30 amp sites. I guess you can buy a converter in town for about $25 but have never had a need for one in the last 6 years of camping. The water was at ground level and you need a special tool to turn it on. Luckily our neighbor had purchased one (original purpose was to turn on gas in a fireplace). They may also have one at the office if they are open. No garbage as mentioned before. We found the Elvis Haircut Museum at Fort Chaffee. Small but VERY informative about the history of the place. Enjoyed the free tour of Miss Laura's in Ft. Smith which serves as their visitor's center.
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bthom Reviewed by bthom January 19, 2014
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Jan. 15-17, 2014

Quiet little park. A little more rustic than most military campgrounds. Sites are large but not necessarily level. We drove behind the gym and billeting with the camper and parked beside billeting when signing in. They were very friendly. Very FEW 30 amp sites. I guess you can buy a converter in town for about $25 but have never had a need for one in the last 6 years of camping. The water was at ground level and you need a special tool to turn it on. Luckily our neighbor had purchased one (original purpose was to turn on gas in a fireplace). They may also have one at the office if they are open. No garbage as mentioned before. We found the Elvis Haircut Museum at Fort Chaffee. Small but VERY informative about the history of the place. Enjoyed the free tour of Miss Laura's in Ft. Smith which serves as their visitor's center.

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After hearing so many good things about this RV Park, we made a side trip to spend the night here. As said before, a no frills RV Park in a quiet location. A GREAT value - what a military campground should be. Although there's a few long-term residents, their RV sites were not trashy. There were a few vacant sites available. We arrived without a reservation. If we had the time, we would have been glad to spend a month here. There's a good article on this website about the RV Park and Fort Chaffee. We learned a few things from that article. We didn't know there was "Elvis" history here.
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larryf Reviewed by larryf November 11, 2013
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November 11, 2013

After hearing so many good things about this RV Park, we made a side trip to spend the night here. As said before, a no frills RV Park in a quiet location. A GREAT value - what a military campground should be. Although there's a few long-term residents, their RV sites were not trashy. There were a few vacant sites available. We arrived without a reservation. If we had the time, we would have been glad to spend a month here. There's a good article on this website about the RV Park and Fort Chaffee. We learned a few things from that article. We didn't know there was "Elvis" history here.

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Ft Chaffee is an Army National Guard post. Park is WELL WORTH the ~$10 (including tax) per night. Weird setup for water connection...faucet is at ground level. Have a screwdriver handy to lift the sewer lid. Very few pull-thru sites. I had site #2, a back-in site with great shade trees. Nice view of the fishing/duck pond from my garage door patio. Park driveway is one block past the PX. Other reviews said the campground entrance could be a little difficult to turn into, so I pulled into a gravel driveway prior to the "real" driveway and drove thru to the campground. No trash dumpsters in the park, so drop your trash in the dumpsters behind the dining facility. Wifi is available at the gym. There seems to be several fulltimers staying at the park.
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remoandiris Reviewed by remoandiris September 10, 2013
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3 - 9 Sep 13

Ft Chaffee is an Army National Guard post. Park is WELL WORTH the ~$10 (including tax) per night. Weird setup for water connection...faucet is at ground level. Have a screwdriver handy to lift the sewer lid. Very few pull-thru sites. I had site #2, a back-in site with great shade trees. Nice view of the fishing/duck pond from my garage door patio. Park driveway is one block past the PX. Other reviews said the campground entrance could be a little difficult to turn into, so I pulled into a gravel driveway prior to the "real" driveway and drove thru to the campground. No trash dumpsters in the park, so drop your trash in the dumpsters behind the dining facility. Wifi is available at the gym. There seems to be several fulltimers staying at the park.

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We came in late and checked in with the MP office to see if a site was available. They took our information and told us to take any site that was open. There was several sites free but other campers were parking their extra cars in them. There was one site open. Electric, sewer, and water is all they offer. No bathhouse or restrooms. The water requires a key but the one on our site was warn so we had to purchase one at Lowe's. Good location, nice PX for a small post like this. People were friendly. We stayed two nights. Loved hearing the range, did not hear it in the camper. Good location.
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ROGCAM Reviewed by ROGCAM September 08, 2013
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Sept 5-6, 2013

We came in late and checked in with the MP office to see if a site was available. They took our information and told us to take any site that was open. There was several sites free but other campers were parking their extra cars in them. There was one site open. Electric, sewer, and water is all they offer. No bathhouse or restrooms. The water requires a key but the one on our site was warn so we had to purchase one at Lowe's. Good location, nice PX for a small post like this. People were friendly. We stayed two nights. Loved hearing the range, did not hear it in the camper. Good location.

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Great little campground. It's clean and quiet. Talked with the people over the phone they set me up for an over-nite stay. There's no extras. Just plain pull-in full hook-up and stay. It was close to town so I could pick up items I needed. I was in site 7 and it did have a great view. It's a little off the beaten track but as has been said before for $8.50 a night you can't go wrong.
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drathbone Reviewed by drathbone July 09, 2013
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July 30, 2013

Great little campground. It's clean and quiet. Talked with the people over the phone they set me up for an over-nite stay. There's no extras. Just plain pull-in full hook-up and stay. It was close to town so I could pick up items I needed. I was in site 7 and it did have a great view. It's a little off the beaten track but as has been said before for $8.50 a night you can't go wrong.

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Came in via main gate (now open again). It is best to call ahead for reservations. Must stop at the billeting office to sign in, they will assign you a spot. Directions to the FamCamp are clear until you get to the entrance. You can see the campground on the left but it is not marked where to turn into it. It is a small driveway next to an unmarked building. Once you do turn into the correct drive be careful, narrow drive, you will see the road up the hill to the sites. There are 37 back-in and 2 pull through sites. Site #7 at the top of the hill, is a pull through was long enough for my 72 foot length (motorhome & trailer). Great view from there overlooking the Post, a small lake and the golf course. At $8.50 it is a great value.
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rvtraveler Reviewed by rvtraveler April 26, 2013
Last updated: April 26, 2013
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26-26 April 2013

Came in via main gate (now open again). It is best to call ahead for reservations. Must stop at the billeting office to sign in, they will assign you a spot. Directions to the FamCamp are clear until you get to the entrance. You can see the campground on the left but it is not marked where to turn into it. It is a small driveway next to an unmarked building. Once you do turn into the correct drive be careful, narrow drive, you will see the road up the hill to the sites. There are 37 back-in and 2 pull through sites. Site #7 at the top of the hill, is a pull through was long enough for my 72 foot length (motorhome & trailer). Great view from there overlooking the Post, a small lake and the golf course. At $8.50 it is a great value.

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There are a few things that need to be changed on the website. 1st the main gate was closed, had to use the road just before you come to the main gate. Don't know why. We did not have a reservation and billeting was closed but the gate guard knew who to contact which was the Mil police. That building was just across the intersection. I filled out the paperwork, got the key to turn on the water,and the guard escorted us to our spot. He said we were lucky as there was a spot left. However when we got to the CG there were only 4 campers there, so I'm not sure how that works. The CG has water, electric and SEWER, but no bath house. Northern Ar had a big snowstorm come through the day before we got there and there was snow on the ground and 20 degrees outside. The water was frozen. You can't stop Mother nature. We got 12 channels on the TV, and just settled in for the night. For $8.50 a night you can't beat it. They are planning on building a bath house. We will be back.
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dcummins5563 Reviewed by dcummins5563 December 29, 2012
Last updated: December 29, 2012
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Dec 26/27-2012

There are a few things that need to be changed on the website. 1st the main gate was closed, had to use the road just before you come to the main gate. Don't know why. We did not have a reservation and billeting was closed but the gate guard knew who to contact which was the Mil police. That building was just across the intersection. I filled out the paperwork, got the key to turn on the water,and the guard escorted us to our spot. He said we were lucky as there was a spot left. However when we got to the CG there were only 4 campers there, so I'm not sure how that works. The CG has water, electric and SEWER, but no bath house. Northern Ar had a big snowstorm come through the day before we got there and there was snow on the ground and 20 degrees outside. The water was frozen. You can't stop Mother nature. We got 12 channels on the TV, and just settled in for the night. For $8.50 a night you can't beat it. They are planning on building a bath house. We will be back.

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Stayed here for a couple of days to take a break from traveling for a PCS. First of all the coordinates are reversed, I actually figured this out on my GPS beforehand--the GPS coordinates are to the GATE and the GATE coordinates are to the actual campground. Second, unless you are using an RV specific GPS you will want to avoid listening to your Garmin. It took me down to Highway 22 off of I-540, exit 8b. DO NOT go this way coming from the north. Take exit 3 to Hwy 59, then left on Hwy 22. You will avoid bad roads, awful traffic and about a dozen stop lights. After you get to the main gate, Hwy 22 and 1st Ave, the rest of the coordinates and directions are good. Now for the review. This place is nothing fancy but if you want quiet and out of the way for a few days this is the place. The kids and I fished the pond and caught several good fish. No one is around except for a couple of homesteaders. I had site 7, a 50 amp pull-thru at the top of the hill with nice shade. Consider going backwards into the site for a better view. Golf course close by if you have a toad. You can also go into town on Hwy 22 for Wal-Mart, Lowe's, food etc... I would not recommend this place for an overnight stop but if you have a few days it is quaint, quiet and relaxing. A great place to recharge after a long drive.
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JalghsStorm Reviewed by JalghsStorm July 07, 2011
Last updated: July 07, 2011
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June 2011

Stayed here for a couple of days to take a break from traveling for a PCS. First of all the coordinates are reversed, I actually figured this out on my GPS beforehand--the GPS coordinates are to the GATE and the GATE coordinates are to the actual campground. Second, unless you are using an RV specific GPS you will want to avoid listening to your Garmin. It took me down to Highway 22 off of I-540, exit 8b. DO NOT go this way coming from the north. Take exit 3 to Hwy 59, then left on Hwy 22. You will avoid bad roads, awful traffic and about a dozen stop lights. After you get to the main gate, Hwy 22 and 1st Ave, the rest of the coordinates and directions are good. Now for the review. This place is nothing fancy but if you want quiet and out of the way for a few days this is the place. The kids and I fished the pond and caught several good fish. No one is around except for a couple of homesteaders. I had site 7, a 50 amp pull-thru at the top of the hill with nice shade. Consider going backwards into the site for a better view. Golf course close by if you have a toad. You can also go into town on Hwy 22 for Wal-Mart, Lowe's, food etc... I would not recommend this place for an overnight stop but if you have a few days it is quaint, quiet and relaxing. A great place to recharge after a long drive.

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K.H. left this review using the Directory software: Outstanding stopover campground. Beautiful large sites available. Big rigs will have little difficulty as long as you plan ahead for the turn off of 4th Street onto the RV Park pathway.
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Proxy Reviewed by Proxy May 14, 2011
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May 12, 2011

K.H. left this review using the Directory software: Outstanding stopover campground. Beautiful large sites available. Big rigs will have little difficulty as long as you plan ahead for the turn off of 4th Street onto the RV Park pathway.

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L.H. left this review using the Directory software: The coordinates entered above are for the main gate. If you are going to the on-base RV park you need to enter through the main gate and go to billeting. The coordinates on the web site are for the RV park off-base. I ended up there first following the web site coordinates. It (the RV pk off-base) is kind of trashy, short on eye appeal, and appears to be mostly long term occupants. The RV Park on-base was WONDERFUL!!! The staff at billeting that checked me in were pleasant, helpful, professional and great to do business with. Price is best value I've ever encountered. (Editors note: the coordinates have been corrected to reflect the main gate).
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Proxy Reviewed by Proxy December 12, 2010
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Dec. 8 - 10, 2010

L.H. left this review using the Directory software: The coordinates entered above are for the main gate. If you are going to the on-base RV park you need to enter through the main gate and go to billeting. The coordinates on the web site are for the RV park off-base. I ended up there first following the web site coordinates. It (the RV pk off-base) is kind of trashy, short on eye appeal, and appears to be mostly long term occupants. The RV Park on-base was WONDERFUL!!! The staff at billeting that checked me in were pleasant, helpful, professional and great to do business with. Price is best value I've ever encountered. (Editors note: the coordinates have been corrected to reflect the main gate).

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Thnx to JohnJay. We stayed at the "new RV park" on post. Mil ID card required for entry. This is NOT the old one that's been turned over to the county. The gate guard at the Main Gate on Ark Hwy 22 will give you instructions to check in. If it's after hrs or on wk ends the MP's do it but both places are easy to find. The turn off to the RV park is on the right, 3 white blgs past the PX. (8:00-1630 Mon -Fri, 9:00-1300 Sundays) It's an unmarked gravel road immediately after white bldg 1599, but billeting will help w/ directions. Larry, I forgot to take pics believe it or not. They have 20 sites. The park is a circle with a road down the middle. This wk end the back-in sites in the middle row, did not have any water. Three large pull thru sites are on the upper level (left hand road as you enter). All others are back -ins. All are 50 amp w/ w/s, but only about 10 have a 30 amp plug in also. No bath/shower house. No dumpster yet and the new lights that are installed don't come on yet at night. They're working on all that, in addition to picnic tables for each site are on order. Only opened since April. The RV park wasn't officially ready but they decided to open early for Ark Nat Guard Annual training back in Apr. according to the billeting mgr. Yes, they take reservations. I'll email you that number Larry. They were MOST interested in getting the info out about this new RV park. They get many to show up, not knowing that the old one is not the only option now.
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jsummers Reviewed by jsummers October 26, 2010
Last updated: October 26, 2010
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24-26 Oct 2010

Thnx to JohnJay. We stayed at the "new RV park" on post. Mil ID card required for entry. This is NOT the old one that's been turned over to the county. The gate guard at the Main Gate on Ark Hwy 22 will give you instructions to check in. If it's after hrs or on wk ends the MP's do it but both places are easy to find. The turn off to the RV park is on the right, 3 white blgs past the PX. (8:00-1630 Mon -Fri, 9:00-1300 Sundays) It's an unmarked gravel road immediately after white bldg 1599, but billeting will help w/ directions. Larry, I forgot to take pics believe it or not. They have 20 sites. The park is a circle with a road down the middle. This wk end the back-in sites in the middle row, did not have any water. Three large pull thru sites are on the upper level (left hand road as you enter). All others are back -ins. All are 50 amp w/ w/s, but only about 10 have a 30 amp plug in also. No bath/shower house. No dumpster yet and the new lights that are installed don't come on yet at night. They're working on all that, in addition to picnic tables for each site are on order. Only opened since April. The RV park wasn't officially ready but they decided to open early for Ark Nat Guard Annual training back in Apr. according to the billeting mgr. Yes, they take reservations. I'll email you that number Larry. They were MOST interested in getting the info out about this new RV park. They get many to show up, not knowing that the old one is not the only option now.

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We stayed ON BASE as they DO take reservations for the on base site. Although I did not see the other location, I understand from the MP's they're fairly close. It was fairly difficult to find as there is NO signs. It's down a little alley, West of 23rd Street. It's full hook ups & quite a few sites next to a little pond. Very pretty setting. Cost is the same as the off site location, so the value is worth getting off I-40 for the night! The water hookup is below ground level & you need a "street key" to turn it on/off, so we just used our onboard water for the night. I'd stay there again for an overnight stay.
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johnjay Reviewed by johnjay July 01, 2010
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June 18 - 29, 2010

We stayed ON BASE as they DO take reservations for the on base site. Although I did not see the other location, I understand from the MP's they're fairly close. It was fairly difficult to find as there is NO signs. It's down a little alley, West of 23rd Street. It's full hook ups & quite a few sites next to a little pond. Very pretty setting. Cost is the same as the off site location, so the value is worth getting off I-40 for the night! The water hookup is below ground level & you need a "street key" to turn it on/off, so we just used our onboard water for the night. I'd stay there again for an overnight stay.

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We had not stayed here before so this was a new experience. As long as you follow the directions, you will find the camp - new signs on some of the internal roads help. Once there at about 4:30PM we found the Camp Host gone, but two other men immediately came over to assist, one being an Army E-6. Both suggested taking an open site and just filling out a registration in the bathhouse/office, or seeing the host when he got back around 6. I said I'd like a treeless site so our rooftop satellite dish would work, and immediately the guy helping suggested a site that fit the bill perfectly. Roads in the camp are narrow and there is an open drainage ditch alongside the main road, making backing in to the sites along the road somewhat tricky, but it can be done. Overall we found the camp to be old and a little rundown, but really nice folks; an old, but clean bathhouse, newer shower enclosures, and plenty of hot water from good showerheads. Excellent local TV reception from several channels with an antenna. No wi-fi, but Verizon G3 network card worked great. The east portion of Fort Chaffee has been turned over to the local county/city (Barling, AR), and the streets have been upgraded, repaved, and the old WWII barracks now house many small businesses. Even though the campground is now on civilian land, Fort Chaffee still controls and oversees the park itself. Preference is given military, but civilians are allowed to use the park as well. Several fulltimers are in residence, but it appeared there was a set aside of a certain number of sites for military personnel. Since it was a Sunday when we checked in, the PX and Commissary were closed, and both were located on the 'Main Base' which required an ID to enter. LOTS of open land, very quiet, and a great place to run/walk if you're into exercise. The town of Barling is a 3-4 mile drive, and there is a good grocery store, CV's. Going west from Barling about 4 miles brings you to Ft. Smith with a big Wal-Mart, reasonably priced Shell gas & diesel, fast foods of all kinds, etc. I would stay here again. VERY quiet and peaceful at night.
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bigtom Reviewed by bigtom April 26, 2010
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25-26 April 2010

We had not stayed here before so this was a new experience. As long as you follow the directions, you will find the camp - new signs on some of the internal roads help. Once there at about 4:30PM we found the Camp Host gone, but two other men immediately came over to assist, one being an Army E-6. Both suggested taking an open site and just filling out a registration in the bathhouse/office, or seeing the host when he got back around 6. I said I'd like a treeless site so our rooftop satellite dish would work, and immediately the guy helping suggested a site that fit the bill perfectly. Roads in the camp are narrow and there is an open drainage ditch alongside the main road, making backing in to the sites along the road somewhat tricky, but it can be done. Overall we found the camp to be old and a little rundown, but really nice folks; an old, but clean bathhouse, newer shower enclosures, and plenty of hot water from good showerheads. Excellent local TV reception from several channels with an antenna. No wi-fi, but Verizon G3 network card worked great. The east portion of Fort Chaffee has been turned over to the local county/city (Barling, AR), and the streets have been upgraded, repaved, and the old WWII barracks now house many small businesses. Even though the campground is now on civilian land, Fort Chaffee still controls and oversees the park itself. Preference is given military, but civilians are allowed to use the park as well. Several fulltimers are in residence, but it appeared there was a set aside of a certain number of sites for military personnel. Since it was a Sunday when we checked in, the PX and Commissary were closed, and both were located on the 'Main Base' which required an ID to enter. LOTS of open land, very quiet, and a great place to run/walk if you're into exercise. The town of Barling is a 3-4 mile drive, and there is a good grocery store, CV's. Going west from Barling about 4 miles brings you to Ft. Smith with a big Wal-Mart, reasonably priced Shell gas & diesel, fast foods of all kinds, etc. I would stay here again. VERY quiet and peaceful at night.

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The new host is in place and he is a really nice and accommodating gent. He seems to take care of the place like he owns it. The bath house and laundry area are immaculate with the newer type washer and dryers, 2 each, with zero cost to use. Most of the spots seemed to be taken by long term folks but there were several sites available which we were gingerly led to by the camp host. Easy back in with water, sewer and power, 30 amp service. Quiet park with designated quiet hours which are adhered to. The area is close to a number of state parks with ample fishing, hiking and wildlife watching.
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krowone Reviewed by krowone October 22, 2009
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20 - 22 October 2009

The new host is in place and he is a really nice and accommodating gent. He seems to take care of the place like he owns it. The bath house and laundry area are immaculate with the newer type washer and dryers, 2 each, with zero cost to use. Most of the spots seemed to be taken by long term folks but there were several sites available which we were gingerly led to by the camp host. Easy back in with water, sewer and power, 30 amp service. Quiet park with designated quiet hours which are adhered to. The area is close to a number of state parks with ample fishing, hiking and wildlife watching.

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Jim and Barb no longer host here. There is an interim host by the name of Harry but he is leaving soon. Really nice guy. At $8.50 a night this place is a real bargain, but VERY quiet. Seemed like a lot of empty trailers as we rarely saw anyone else. Two washers/dryers and they're FREE. A nice little clubhouse with a book/magazine/puzzle exchange and a microwave to use. The little px on post is ok but money-wise it's best to go a little farther to the nearby Walmart. They have a theater on post but we were told that they never show any movies there. This RV park takes civilians and is not on post but the area was an army post that was bought by the National Guard and many of the old post buildings are now occupied by commercial businesses. The new RV parks on post are not open yet. Something about the water tower being the holdup. There is a small post museum nearby that was interesting which even includes a barber shop where Elvis had a haircut when he was stationed here when he first enlisted. There is no cable but you can get a few stations with an antenna. My verizon aircard worked pretty well most of the time. We had a 50 amp site. You can't get USPS mail forwarded to you here-you have to go to the nearby Barling Post office and get mail sent to you General Delivery.
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CathyJ1952 Reviewed by CathyJ1952 July 24, 2009
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23 JUL to 6 AUG 2009

Jim and Barb no longer host here. There is an interim host by the name of Harry but he is leaving soon. Really nice guy. At $8.50 a night this place is a real bargain, but VERY quiet. Seemed like a lot of empty trailers as we rarely saw anyone else. Two washers/dryers and they're FREE. A nice little clubhouse with a book/magazine/puzzle exchange and a microwave to use. The little px on post is ok but money-wise it's best to go a little farther to the nearby Walmart. They have a theater on post but we were told that they never show any movies there. This RV park takes civilians and is not on post but the area was an army post that was bought by the National Guard and many of the old post buildings are now occupied by commercial businesses. The new RV parks on post are not open yet. Something about the water tower being the holdup. There is a small post museum nearby that was interesting which even includes a barber shop where Elvis had a haircut when he was stationed here when he first enlisted. There is no cable but you can get a few stations with an antenna. My verizon aircard worked pretty well most of the time. We had a 50 amp site. You can't get USPS mail forwarded to you here-you have to go to the nearby Barling Post office and get mail sent to you General Delivery.

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I concur with all the other comments, but would like to add that there is a nice lake to fish and new nature center also a great nature trail to walk to help keep the old heart pumping, all this is just down the road from the camp site. Early and late you will see deer and sometimes turkey roaming about. If traveling through or here for a visit, it's the best bargain in town.
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bagadaddy71 Reviewed by bagadaddy71 December 09, 2008
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2007

I concur with all the other comments, but would like to add that there is a nice lake to fish and new nature center also a great nature trail to walk to help keep the old heart pumping, all this is just down the road from the camp site. Early and late you will see deer and sometimes turkey roaming about. If traveling through or here for a visit, it's the best bargain in town.

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Agree with previous post...Nice RV Park. Jim and Barb great camp hosts. Free, new washers and dryers are wonderful. Points of interest and shopping easy to find. Small PX on post has small, but well stock selection. The new "short term" (2 weeks max.stay) park looks nice, but not open yet as they are waiting on new picnic tables and grills. Half the park is occupied by regular Civilians, but it is on city land now. Here's hoping they restrict the new campground to the military..active, NG, reserves, retired, etc. New CG located on the containment area. Hopefully, all new road work will be finished soon, but the signs to the park are great and gets you right there. We'd stay again, if traveling I-40 west in the future.
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rvgrammy1953 Reviewed by rvgrammy1953 November 09, 2008
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Oct. 1 thru Oct. 31, 2008

Agree with previous post...Nice RV Park. Jim and Barb great camp hosts. Free, new washers and dryers are wonderful. Points of interest and shopping easy to find. Small PX on post has small, but well stock selection. The new "short term" (2 weeks max.stay) park looks nice, but not open yet as they are waiting on new picnic tables and grills. Half the park is occupied by regular Civilians, but it is on city land now. Here's hoping they restrict the new campground to the military..active, NG, reserves, retired, etc. New CG located on the containment area. Hopefully, all new road work will be finished soon, but the signs to the park are great and gets you right there. We'd stay again, if traveling I-40 west in the future.

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Easy to find, and hosts were very friendly and helpful. RVs are parked at all kinds of angles due to there being no effort to create level sites. We had great difficulty getting leveled on our site as it was much higher in the rear. After several attempts (and totally destroying a jack pad in very soft ground) we finally got parked at a sharp enough angle to get leveled using several planks I carry, but we had to be careful entering and exiting the motorhome as even with our highest booster step the entry door was uncomfortably high off the ground -- tolerable for only a few nights. We would stay again, hopefully in a different site! :)
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afchap Reviewed by afchap November 03, 2008
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31 Oct-2 Nov 2008

Easy to find, and hosts were very friendly and helpful. RVs are parked at all kinds of angles due to there being no effort to create level sites. We had great difficulty getting leveled on our site as it was much higher in the rear. After several attempts (and totally destroying a jack pad in very soft ground) we finally got parked at a sharp enough angle to get leveled using several planks I carry, but we had to be careful entering and exiting the motorhome as even with our highest booster step the entry door was uncomfortably high off the ground -- tolerable for only a few nights. We would stay again, hopefully in a different site! :)

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We stayed at Ft Chaffee RV Park for 5 nights. The park is clean, quite and well maintained. The online directions in this guide are spot on plus Park Host (CSM) Jim Burdick has posted excellent signage along the route to guide you into the park. Jim and his wife, Barbara became Camp Hosts a year ago this month and have really whipped the place into shape. Jim is extremely helpful in ensuring your rig fits into the best spot, he assists with parking your rig, will provide a map of the surrounding area and tips on area attractions. Jim helped us select the best route from the park to Branson. Jim and his wife Barbara surely made our stay enjoyable. Kudos to you both!
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LGBolon Reviewed by LGBolon August 14, 2008
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August 9-14, 2008

We stayed at Ft Chaffee RV Park for 5 nights. The park is clean, quite and well maintained. The online directions in this guide are spot on plus Park Host (CSM) Jim Burdick has posted excellent signage along the route to guide you into the park. Jim and his wife, Barbara became Camp Hosts a year ago this month and have really whipped the place into shape. Jim is extremely helpful in ensuring your rig fits into the best spot, he assists with parking your rig, will provide a map of the surrounding area and tips on area attractions. Jim helped us select the best route from the park to Branson. Jim and his wife Barbara surely made our stay enjoyable. Kudos to you both!

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Agree with other posts. The campground host, Jim, is a fine host and very helpfull with information. The showers and laundry facilities are top notch. I went to see the new campground under construction and it will have 20/30/50 electric with the sites gravel pads. A few of the sites would only be suitable for small rigs due to dificulity of backing in to the site. If traveling from the west on 22, just as soon as you cross the railroad tracks, take the first right and then the frist right and follow the sighs to the RV Park. If traveling from the east on 22, take the second road to the left which will be just before you get to the railroad tracks.
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tobryant Reviewed by tobryant April 19, 2008
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April 13-20, 2008

Agree with other posts. The campground host, Jim, is a fine host and very helpfull with information. The showers and laundry facilities are top notch. I went to see the new campground under construction and it will have 20/30/50 electric with the sites gravel pads. A few of the sites would only be suitable for small rigs due to dificulity of backing in to the site. If traveling from the west on 22, just as soon as you cross the railroad tracks, take the first right and then the frist right and follow the sighs to the RV Park. If traveling from the east on 22, take the second road to the left which will be just before you get to the railroad tracks.

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