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Camping in Missouri

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About Missouri Camping

A hefty sum of forty-one state parks with more than 3,600 campsites makes camping in Missouri a breeze to plan and enjoy. Long known as “The Cave State,” Missouri has nearly 6,400 historic caves to offer the archeologists at heart. And with abundant shoreline space, water activities are surprisingly easy to find at Missouri campsites. So round up the crew and grab your gear – it’s time to make memories camping in Missouri!

Thanks to the Lake of the Ozarks, the state has over 1,150 miles of shoreline, making camping in Missouri a must for water lovers. Experience the Ozarks’ breathtaking outdoors in the beautiful Ozark Mountains at one of Elk River’s three campgrounds, which offer rafting, canoeing, camping and angling.

Looking for a little history lesson along with your camping adventure? Look no further than Missouri’s intricate cave scene. Meramec Caverns located in the Ozarks is a 4.5-mile cave system that has existed for the past 400 million years. Meramec Caverns is just one hour from the heart of St. Louis, and offers lodging, camping, and canoeing in addition to guided tours of the cave.

The quaint and historic Graham Cave State Park is just over an hour west of St. Louis, and offers a walk through ancient history along with year-round camping availability, five hiking trails, and over 386 scenic acres to explore. Take a trip down literature lane and visit the famous Mark Twain Cave near Hannibal, MO. Mark Twain, a Hannibal native himself, incorporates the maze-like cave in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Cave-lovers can also descend into the Onondaga Cave State Park to view towering stalagmites, stalactites, and active flowstones.

Get away and explore Missouri’s scenic shoreline spots and cave wonders. With The Dyrt, you can be sure to find the best camping in Missouri along the way.

Recent Reviews In Missouri

2573 Reviews of 746 Missouri Campgrounds

Richard B.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2021

Helpful friendly people

Clean well kept facility

Site24
Month of VisitJanuary
AThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2021

Deer Everywhere

The coolest part of this campsite is the deer.  We stayed close to the river in the primitive area and the deer were all over.  These deer were super friendly and didn't move at all as we walked right past them.  The bathrooms are really nice here and there is some play equipment for kids.  Next…

Month of VisitNovember
AThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2021

Nice campground

The bathrooms are nice, fully functioning toilet, sink, and shower.  The sites have nice trees for shade and are nicely spaced for hammocking.  We went during the end of the usual camping season and had no problem getting a spot and didn't have anyone beside us.  It was nice to hear the aircrafts…

Month of VisitNovember
AThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2021

Bathrooms, River Access, and Trash

Like many others have pointed out there is quite a bit of trash left by previous occupants.  The river access also means many leave their trash from their boats/canoes in the latrine located at the campsite as well.  The river access is really amazing though.  It's a great place to launch a boat…

AThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2021

Very clean campground

Very nice and well kept campground. Excellent place if you dirtbike, or ride atv’s with over 2000 acres of land to ride on.

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Month of VisitDecember
Barbara S.
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2021

Excellent stay

Passport America stop, 17.50 per night. Highway noice but didn't brother us at all.

Site31
Month of VisitDecember
NThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2021

Peace on the Trail

J.W. Findley homestead from the 1930's platt book and is now known as Wolf Junction.  J.W. Findley was well known in the area as "The Walking Preacher of the Ozarks."  He did not own a car and in order to preach he walked where ever he was able to preach.  Preacher Findley walked an average of…

NThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2021

Oasis in the Woods

Open:  year round

Reservations:  877-444-6777 or recreation.gov

                           Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance

Fees:  $15.00 single with electric

            $10.00 single no electric

            $45.00 group site

            Passes honored

Bear Aware. …

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Month of VisitDecember
NThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2021

Hey Cowboy

Open:  year round

FREE

FCFS

Pack it in Pack it out

LNT

This a primitive horse camp that is not far off the highway.  It is far enough that it is or  can be quiet.  It is also great for star gazing, hiking, mountain biking and trail rides.  Swan Creek runs along side the camp so you will need…

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Month of VisitDecember
Grant M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2021

More than meets the eye.

So, at first glance, small corps of engineers lake and stock Missouri state parks campground. But, we came back and there’s some unique stuff. A small trail that winds through tall grass prairie is great for kids and a cool perspective not much found in state. Also, there’s a sweet backpacking loop…

Site33
Month of VisitDecember
MickandKarla W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2021

At Best an Overnighter

We read raving campground (CG) reviews on Osage Prairie, especially how nice the owners were. Based on reviews, we decided to spend three nights here to break up our way south for our annual RV maintenance appointment. Check in was easy and the lady was very friendly with a sense of humor. We were…

  • Little Club House
  • Horse Stable on Site
  • Map
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Site14
Month of VisitNovember
A
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2021

Small but enough

Our stay in Branson was brief. But our site was very clean and nice.

Site24
Month of VisitDecember
MThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2021

Great campground adjacent to Arrow Rock State Historic Park

I stayed in mid November and though the shower houses were closed I had a great time. Spent 3 nights and saw all the area sights, Boonville, Franklin (the start of the Santa Fe trail), the Booneslick salt works ruins and of course the adjacent Arrow Rock State Historic Park. Even traveled west to…

SiteE16
Month of VisitDecember
R
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2021

Late Fall Tent Camp

We tent camped in loop 3 in late November for one night. The bathroom and showers were still on in this camping area. The spots are slightly close together but still very wooded. Not a lot of people camping at this time of the year even on a Saturday. Camp hosts were fabulous. The sites aren’t…

Site319
Month of VisitDecember
Dan & Penny F.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2021

Thanksgiving Week Fun Times

Another fun campground run by some very friendly hosts. Sites are tight but placed in ways that you have plenty of room, shade and privacy. Very close to the Branson strip in a wooded area right by the yellow route. Our site was full hookups, cable tv box loaned to us. Fire pits available on…

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Site27
Month of VisitDecember

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