Old Cowhide Cove

Army Corps Of Engineers

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239 New Cowhide Cove Rd Murfreesboro, AR 71958 870-285-2151 Official Website

GPS: 34.174, -93.6693

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Overview of Old Cowhide Cove

Number of Sites 9

Pad Type gravel

Reservations yes

Elevation 524 ft / 159 m

Max Stay 14

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Verizon 4G/LTE
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Last reported 9/13/2019
Forest River
15 reviews
“Beautiful spot”

Reviewed 9/13/2019

Nightly rate: $20
Days stayed: 4
Site Number: 47
Overall Rating

Great campground. Only 9 spots in the Old Cowhide Campground.
Right on the lake. Clean bathrooms. Level sites.

Site Quality
Verizon 4G/LTE

Liz would stay here again

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com

“Quiet, Calm & No Old Cowhides”

Reviewed 3/28/2019

Nightly rate: $20
Days stayed: 7
Site Number: 46
Overall Rating

Late March at Old Cowhide Cove is what our RV living dreams are made of. With 6 well spaced, decently level sites spread out along a lake, and a few more placed upon the hill overlooking those sites, we enjoyed many days of 60-70* weather harmonized by the sounds of birds chirping and fish leaping during the day. At night the peepers were loud - but not a note of road noise could be heard. COE rangers and the occasional sheriff would patrol the area, but otherwise - it was just us and one neighbor (who definitely worked it out with someone to stay much more than the 14 day limit). The neighbor also found a way to anchor his boat in the water just off of his campsite which I found super cool.

Sites all have 15A/30A/50A and water hook-ups. There is a dump station. There are also modern toilets - but no showers on this loop. $20/night for regular people, $8/night for those special senior people who have that America The Beautiful Pass. Pay at the fee box - there is no campground host on the 'Old' Cove - but there is one that is stationed in the 'New' Cove across the lake.

Old Cowhide seems to be the less popular of the 'two' Cowhides. It's first come, first to claim a site until April 30th, at which point, about half of the 9 sites become reservable. It's across the lake from New Cowhide, which offers a swimming beach, a modern boat ramp, and showers.

We spent many days working / reading / basking in nature outside of our rig at the concrete picnic table, of which there is one at each site. The sites also offer a ground fire pit and a raised grill - as well as a small concrete table which may or may not be for putting fish on. I don't know, but our cat liked sitting on it.

There is plenty of additional parking space for towed vehicles or boats mingled in with the campsites.

For extra entertainment, every night a family of raccoons raided the poorly secured garbage cans that are interspersed throughout the campground.

While Old Cowhide is definitely big rig accessible, it is not 'big rig easy peasy'. The end of the loop provides for an opportunity to use your big rig maneuvering skills to guide yourself around an angled tight little curve. If you're lucky, no one will be parked overhanging the campsites near that curve and you will have a bit of extra space. We didn't have an issue with out 40' MH (long wheel base), but it was a bit concerning while we undertook the task. Over in New Cowhide there is an even more frightening curve/angle at the boat ramp end of the loop - so I'd recommend scouting ahead before getting yourself committed to tackling that maneuver if you're a bigger rig (there is a small loop right at the entrance of New Cowhide that you can pull into/decide to take a spot in while you scout).

We drove over to New Cowhide to use their showers daily so that we didn't have to empty our tanks while we were in Old Cowhide. We didn't have an issue - but the COE station was not yet manned for the season either. The showers were solid - clean, angled from overhead with good water pressure and heat.

Verizon 6.5DOWN/4.78UP

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Verizon 4G/LTE

Liz & Jake would stay here again

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  • 50 Amp
  • 30 Amp
  • 20 Amp
  • water
  • Partial Hookups
  • boat ramp
  • fishing
  • picnic area
  • water access
Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • pull thru
  • dump station
  • restrooms: flush
  • trash
  • water available
Discount Clubs
  • Senior Discounts
  • pets


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