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Camping Missouri

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.

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Excellent lake

Nice lake with free camping.

Best place on the Niangua

I’ve camped all up and down the river for 20 years now, and the folks at Riverfront are hands down my favorite. They take care of there customers and they have so many employees I see year after year I know they take care of them too. It’s nice to see familiar faces.

They do a great job of keeping it quite there at night and the grounds stay clean. The small store has good hours and all the staples you need if you forget something.

Had an amazing Birthday weekend!!

This was a beautiful layout and a family friendly camp. They had a bunch of wonderful activities that were perfect for my 10 year old and I felt completely safe allowing my son to play around on his own.

What a gem...even in the off season!

As a ranger for Dyrt I was really excited to come out to lake of the ozarks to get away from all the craziness in the world. The campground is massive and really the online version of it doesn’t do it much justice. I am here during the off season so things are a little cheaper. You have several different levels of sites to choose from. Some very close to the water and some away from water but a short walk from the water. The lake is a very popular lake and I’m sure from the start of the busy season it is packed. Right now…it is nothing but peaceful…seriously as I wrote this three deer walked wishing 20 feet of me.

I originally had chosen site 165 that is a primitive site on the water but since the lake is very low it is a lot of mud.

I moved to 87 which is right in the middle of the campground. Everything is very well maintained and you can tell where the crew has been clearing brush and fighting the rains. In the off season the showers are turned off but they do have a portable water source that is kept on.

Sites themselves are somewhat private…depending on where you book. Some sites are right on top of each other while others to can escape your neighbors a little.

All and all this campground was pretty dang amazing!

Product Review: As a Danger for Dyrt I get to demo and review products. This time around I got a slim folding kitchen from GCI. Super lightweight and product packaging was great. Cardboard box and the product…no plastic which is awesome to see. 1 piece of paper for instructions. Comes fully assembled right out of the box. It can easily be used for lots of ocassions; on a deck for a small grill, camping as a kitchen, tailgating for everything, or even just as an extra table. It is very lightweight and sturdy. Was very easy to transport it as it comes with a handle built in and is lightweight. Fold out for optimal use and has several different storage compartments. Also has the ability to hang tools off of it. I would highly recommend it as it will become one of my staples when traveling in the scamp bc it allowed me to cook outside.

The pros:

  1. Lightweight and overall size
  2. Practicality
  3. Ability to transport
  4. Multiple surfaces
  5. Price and durability
  6. Environmentally friendly packaging
  7. Handle to carry it.

The cons:

  1. No true places to hang bbq utensils
  2. Shelves are a little flimsy until they are locked in place which could bend if you aren’t careful
  3. If you break a part there is no way to replace it.

Hope you enjoy the review and most certainly come visit!

Wonderful spot off of I-70

No bath house until April 1 and no cell coverage (T-Mobile) but wonderful walking, hiking and biking areas, quaint MO town nearby. Fishing for those so inclined and beautiful RV spaces. One of the nicest vault toilets that we’ve seen. We returned and will again!

Great camping and hiking

We’ve camped here a couple times and each time it hasn’t been overly crowded. We had plenty of space and privacy. The hiking is great and our camp sites were always clean and good looking.

Awesome park.

This place is a great place to sit back and relax. Want to watch a old time outdoor movie drive in. Its a couple of blocks down the road. They have a pool and pavilion.

Relaxing weekend

Meramec State Park was such a nice place. The swimming area is large and easy to get to from the campground. Meramec caverns is just a short 10 minute drive up the road and is absolutely beautiful. There are also many canoe and kayak rental places around. We spent a day just floating down the Meramec River and it was so relaxing and just what the doctor ordered!

Great park in a great location

Sites are level. Closer to water and shopping. Hosts are very friendly and this will be our go to spot when visiting Branson. The dog run was very clean and had agility bridge set up for exercise. Loved sitting in the docks and watching the water. Also, they have 2 trolley stops in park.