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Pretty new campground!

 This campground is pretty new. The RV sites are spaced out pretty well and the bathrooms were very clean . Don’t be surprised if some of the wild horses that are in the area visit while you’re camping there.

Great place to be

We stayed on site 021 and were pleasantly impressed. High end camping. Not the wilderness. Great level concrete sites with plenty of room for kids to play. Very friendly a accommodating host. Beautiful scenery with plenty to do. Kayaking, canoeing, rafting, swimming, hiking! Walk in campsites are conveniently located nestled in woods. Current river is spring fed and cold! Great flapping trip!

Beautiful

I LOVED this place. Great for all kinds of camping with beautiful trails and Missouri’s largest waterfall. It is also Missouri’s highest point.

Peaceful, Private campsite

This out of the way, private campsite was the ideal place for a peaceful getaway. The seclusion was wonderful. Aside from minimal road noise and the occasional train, it would be easy to believe you are much further from others. Although the facility are minimal, they are clean and well kept. The site provides a port-a-potty, picnic table, and fire ring. It also includes firewood, the use of a Weber Kettle grill, and a hammock stand. Just behind a trailer on the property is a small creek that was fun to explore and fish in. The area provides lots of flat space that could have accommodated a larger group. The site also has RV hook ups that we didn't use. This would be an ideal place for a group of friends looking to camp and not bother other campers or a large family that wants a place to themselves. I look forward to recommending this site to others!

Prettiest place ever!

Been camping here for 32 years!

First to Review
Shade and clean

All of the sites were pretty well shaded and there are lots to choose from. The shower house is clean and up-to-date. Nice handicap showers. The sites are kept clean. Drawback is no cell signal. And no attendees present on Wednesdays and Thursdays. They are experimenting with a new phone system at the gate house. They need to get the kinks worked out.

Great Campground and Marina!

Quiet and beautiful campground. Great swimming and fishing. Marina is great and have boat rentals available. We love it there and go back every year.

Great camping plenty to do

Loved this campground. Some curvey roads to get to it. Has historic mill and plenty of river places to fish and play. Canoe floats available. We had several family’s camping and had taken almost a whole loop. We had everything from tent campers to large motor homes. Great fun !

Primitive camping

Quite, friendly area with very primitive camping. Creek is spring fed so water is always cooler then most creeks.

Sooo beautiful!

It was a bit flooded in this area over this past weekend, but it is still worth the drive and visit! So much beauty

Love love love this area!

The eleven point river is a Hidden Gem. I love the campsite and the cleanliness of the bathrooms. I love the shaded tent campsites and easy access to firewood, boat dock and open area perfect for large family gatherings

Loved the shaded camps, clean bathrooms, and the fact we could float right up to our campsite!

My best friend and I can't hear over Memorial weekend. We were thoroughly impressed with the cleanliness of the bathrooms and showers. Everyone in the store was very kind and we loved the bar and grill with live music. We rented a double kayak for only $44 floating from Hebron down to Twin Bridges. It was a nice flow and on our way down the river, we were able to access our campsite right off the water to drop off supplies before returning our kayak. We will be back!

Very fun area. Pretty normal campground

Nice park. It’s a pretty long trek from parking to the swimming area with young children and all your gear. I recommend finding a nice pooled in area to swim in. Moving from pool to pool gets dicey. There are some awesome deep pools and “natural slides” but it definitely gets very slippery and you really have to watch the kids. Campground is pretty clean but average for state park.

Trout fishing paradise

Montauk State Park is at the headwaters of the Current River, and is a State Park the northern end of the National Scenic River. It is just South of Salem, MO. The park has a fish hatchery and is noted for trout fishing! The campground is very large, with 3 or 4 loops. The sites are mostly level but close together. They have water and electric. With this many people it can get noisy. There are clean showers/bathrooms and a dump station. There is a lodge with rooms and a restaurant with limited menu, and cabins. WiFi is available at the lodge, but cell service is spotty in the park. This is a trout fishing park. Almost everything is focused on fishing! You can get fishing equipment, tackle, fishing license and trout tags in the store.

Nice float, but evening can be party central

Nice float on the Black River. Cool water and beach to sit and watch the floaters go by in as well! Group sites and were pretty large and mostly shady. This place is lit up fast after dark! Large stage with live music becomes a big party. In my younger days this was a blast! Now I opt for a site as far away from the stage as possible and do not bring my children here lol. Nice facilities, no real complaints. I bet weekdays are a lot more serene.

Fun but dangerous

I want to start by saying that this is an awesome sight to see and experience. With that being said, it is also hazardous and not easily accessible. The shut-ins are rock formations smoothed over by water. They are extremely slippery! Shoes are a necessity. The rocks also become very hot to the touch. There is no easy access to the swimming hole. You must climb up and down the hot, slippery rocks. It is not for the faint of heart, or anyone not physically capable of hoisting your own body out of the water, or small children who do not listen. 

Despite these warnings, I was glad that my family was able to traverse the shut-ins. It was adventurous (and a little scary) but very cool to do.

Great camping by the Current River

Pulled in to this campsite late on Memorial Day weekend and found a riverside spot to throw the tent up. Was maybe 5 feet from the river. Had that great water sound going all night to sleep to!

Nice park with a lot to do in the park and the surrounding area.

The campsites are very nice. I don't mind the concrete pads they have for camping and parking. We have a camper but used cots when we tent camped so concrete was not a problem for us.

The kids loved the shut ins. We didn't even make it all the way to the back as it was a very long walk. We also visited some of the historical sites in the area.

Newest state park in Missouri

This is a great state park. Sites are level and have cement pads with full hookups. Not much shade now but they have planted trees between sites. Bathrooms are clean. There is also a lodge with store and restaurant just down the street. There are cabins there that can be rented also. And the real treat is the wild horses. Came right up to our site - but please do not feed or try to pet. The rangers will have to move them if they get to used to people.

Also local river rafting companies will pick you up at your site

Great place

It’s a great place on the current river to camp then go floating. Make sure you stop at the jolly cone for some great food.

Great for solitude

$5 recommendation donation for the night. Stayed at this campground as a halfway point hiking the Big Piney Trail loop. Typical primitive campground with toilets, bear-proof trash cans, and camp sites with fire rings and picnic tables, but not much else. Didn’t see any water faucets near our site.

Beautiful park!

Clean, friendly staff, beautiful surroundings

along the Ozark National Scenic River.

Alley Springs is one of several NPS campgrounds along the Ozark National Scenic River. The campground is located on the Jack’s Fork River, which is popular for swimming and canoeing and tubing. There are over 150 sites, and several group sites. The campground has a shower house, restrooms, RV dump station, electric and water hookups, picnic tables and fire rings. The Ozark Trail runs through the park. Roads are paved, but campground sites are gravel. There are Ranger-led campfire programs in the summer months.

Make a reservation !

Johnson Shut-Ins State Park is located on the Black River in Missouri, just south of St. Louis. This makes it a popular location on hot summer days, especially weekends. If you plan to go, make a reservation by calling toll free 877-ICampMO (877-422-6766). This is a State Park with about 80 walk-in, basic, electric, sewer/electric/water and equestrian campsites. Some of the sites have wooden platforms. The park also has a small store located in the center of the campground. Swimming is popular at the park. The “shut-ins” are rock formations where the river is limited by hard rock that it is cutting through. In these shut-ins, the river cascades over and around smooth-worn rock, creating a natural water park. There is also hiking and rock climbing.

Great sites

Ggreat area to walk

Clean. New. Beautiful

This is the third year for this campground so the trees are small but if you have an awning or some kind of shade mechanism, all is good. It is beautiful, the creek is awesome, the lodge is beautiful, and the food is fantastic. Everything is fantastic about this park!

Beautiful

It's a great place

One of my favorites

It is a large, yet quiet campground. They have 1 loop with electricity, so it can be hard to get a site in that area. There are lots of trees and the river is close by. New bathrooms after the flood are super nice. My kids love being able to ride their bikes all over :)

Natural waterpark but a no dog zone.

The Shutins are a perfect spot for an active camper. The rocks in the river make for an amazing natural waterpark! Wearing water shoes is a must! I only gave it 4 stars because dogs are not allowed in the shut-ins area, only at the campsite. My dog goes everywhere with me so it makes us hesitant to return.

Very Private and Gorgeous Creek and views

Creek bottom campsite with grassy fields and 3 RV electric 220v hookups, more lightening bugs in summer than I've ever seen. Private/ gated on 9.5 acres. Nice flat camping area with electric and a hand pump well There's a large trash can, firepit, BBQ pit, and free firewood at this campsite. Port a Potty onsite as well.