This state park's name can be translated to “apple of the earth”. And it truly is.
Pomme De Terre State Park offers a variety of opportunities for outdoor recreation. The marina and boat ramps make it easy to get in the water and cast a line out for a variety of fish such as bass, walleye, catfish, crappie–and it is the only place in Missouri where you can catch a muskie! There are also two public swimming beaches that make for great places to cool off after a long hike or for relaxing the day away. Stunning grasslands, huge open savannas, and gorgeous lakeside beaches are also calling your name.
In addition to the lake, the park is home to two hiking trails that wind through several scenic areas. Indian Point Trail is located in Pittsburg, and is a 3.2 mile loop trail. The other is a 2 mile long trail called the Cedar Bluff trail, which is located on the Hermitage side of the park. Picnic sites that are scattered throughout the forest provide a pleasant place to rest or enjoy a meal.
The park's two campgrounds are located on either side of the lake: the Pittsburg and Hermitage campgrounds. Collectively, they offer 250 campsites that are ideal for multi-day visits. Playgrounds, ball courts, a baseball diamond, and even a swimming beach make it difficult to limit your stay to just a day or two. A reservation fee of $8.50 applies to each site you reserve.
Love the layout of the whole campground.
Pros:The setup between restrooms and water with the sites are appropriate for accessibility. Good room and nice level areas where we stayed in the 400 loop. Cons: Lots of rocks in the tent areas. Lot of vegetation around making some bugs prominent.
Pomme de Terre is one of our favorite Missouri campgrounds. Most spots are lakefront on an uncommercialized lake. I fish from a kayak and was never overwhelmed by boats and the fishing is fantastic. Camp spots are clean, has shower house and clean bathrooms. There are two swim beaches and boat ramps, also has a marina to rent boats if you would like.
The camping areas are pretty but there’s no water access from camp sites. Also plan to walk to the bathrooms or plan to hear people walking by all night headed to the bathrooms. Lots of tree coverage so every site is shaded almost entirely, but that means lots of sticks that have to be cleared before tent camping.
We spent the Fourth of July weekend on the 300 Loop on the Pittsburgh side. Despite the humidity and high water levels (not the camps fault) we had a fantastic time. Facilities were maintained family and restrooms/showers were available. The campsites were patrolled at various times and staff were friendly and helpful. The marina was within walking distance and offers food, treats, and camp gear you may have forgot. Right before you get to the camp, there is an Alps store that has everything you’d need and more, including a Hunts Brothers Pizza option for when you accidentally burn dinner and the kids are starving. Overall, a great laidback option for families that are camping novices or otherwise.
What a fabulous campground. Hiking, boating, playground clean bath house. Park hosts are wonderful!
This has become our favorite family campground. The sites on the lake are awesome and large. The showers are clean and private. Fishing is great! My kids love it too!
Scenic Views overlooking the beautiful lake. Each site in the electric loop has a private path to the waters edge. Sites viewable by map next to water. There were a few bugs but nothing too bad. Amazing trip and we will return for sure. Only on real hiking trail on Pittsburgh loop but it was filled with bluff views and lots of wildlife as well as a public beach.
We stayed at the Hermitage campground at Pomme de Terre last weekend. Easy check in and easy to navigate around the campground. Our only complaint was the vault bathrooms and the showers. It could have just been the end of the month, but the vault bathrooms were unbelievably smelly. I have a hard stomach, but that was a little much. The showers had mold on the walls, not ideal. I understand it is camping and we’re roughing it a little, but compared to others, these were not ideal.
Great boating location (site H412) and views of sunsets!
Everything about this place is amazing! They are very welcoming and have everything for everyone!