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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Friendly and quiet, concrete pads, easy hook-ups, good internet, and paved streets. IMO’s Pizza delivers. Don’t plan to sleep late during the work week though because mowing, weed whacking and leaf blowers may start at 8:00am.
Today they are removing the old concrete pad next to us while we enjoy a late breakfast at 10am. Mowers yesterday, construction today. I’m glad they are doing upgrades, just not during my visit.
My family and I stayed on the very tip of the campground (site 59). The views were great and we even had a private staircase right down to the water. The site was big & level but it was all gravel. There is not a designated swim area so bring your fishing pole and catch crappie from the shore. Also make sure you have an extra long sewer hose for the dump station.
The park itself is very nice, we enjoyed swimming and kayaking in such a beautiful area. The campsite seems hit or miss. We went in the fall when it was quite busy. Our campsite didn't have a good flat spot for the tent so we slept on a slope and kept sliding down while sleeping. Our neighbors were a large group of adults and children. The adults were around the fire making a lot of noise until well into the night, at least past 1 am. I don't begrudge them having fun and catching up, but it lessened our enjoyment of the campground.
was a wet start, weekend turned out very nice once the front moved thru.
Others had left some trash around. we picked up what we could.
please pack it out if You pack it in..
Our overall camping experience was a good one. The ranger station is still closed but there was always someone driving around and ready to help. They even delivered firewood to us. The bathrooms were clean and the property was taken care of. My only criticism is that the fishing left a bit to be desired. There’s really one spot someone can get to if it’s wet and the river is more like a big dirty creek. Wasn’t the end of the world tho. We still enjoyed hiking the trails.
We stayed in site 22 last night on our way to South Dakota. The check in experience was easy, the site was clean and place was nice. We arrived late and hungry and were able to go across the highway to KC BBQ ribs and it was delicious! They also deliver to the campground! This campground was being enjoyed by families and it was nice to see kids playing on a playground.
Spent a week here …. it’s pretty and easy to get to and in. We have a 40 foot fifth wheel and had rented a “premium site.” It was nice enough, but being as it was a premium site, I was hoping it would look a little nicer and at least be swept out or cleaned up. It was not. In addition, the lady at check-in was less than friendly. However, the other staff we ran into were very nice. The TV reception is absolutely horrible and when we reported it, we were told that’s just the way it is. ￼￼￼