An outdoor adventure lodge
Located in the heart of Eureka Springs. We’ll help you explore the natural beauty of the Ozarks and take advantage of the rivers, lakes, hiking, and bike trails nearby. Enjoy a craft beer and listen to live music at The Gravel Bar, then rent a kayak at our on-site outfitter or relax in our seasonal pool (the largest in town). Downtown Eureka is just down the hill where you can check out the amazing shops, restaurants, live music, and nightlife.
Originally opened as a campground, in the late 1920’s, Ray and Chloe (Boatright) Freeman named the property “Camp Joy” as travelers who were touring the Ozarks were so delighted with the setting, they started asking for a public bath & a pool. The pool, the largest in the Arkansas area, was completed in 1933 along with the first permanent structure, a changing room which was followed by clusters of charming rock cabins placed throughout Camp Joy. Three of these cabins, along with the Freeman Bungalow home, still stand today & have since been renovated to full usage. Subsequently, the property changed hands and was named Mount Joy and Joy Motor Court. The property evolved to where the majority of cabins were removed & replaced by the three conjoined Motel buildings built in sequence beginning in 1954, with the third and final one completed in 1974. In 2017, Tim Freeman, great grandson of Ray and Chloe Freeman, bought and purchased the property. The name was changed to Wanderoo Lodge where many updates and renovations have been made.
In 2020, Tim sold the Wanderoo Lodge & Gravel Bar to
local Eurekans, David & Ethan Avanzino.
We hope you enjoy your stay with us and we can't wait to hear about all your adventures!
Ray and Chloe (Boatright) Freeman, founders of Wanderoo Lodge.
Photo taken in 1916.