As close to camping next to the Mississippi river as you can get
Hammock camping allowed 👍
not far off the interstate
beautiful views of Ol’ Man River !
Trail of Tears is a decent place to go on weekend trip with your family. They have a small swimming area in the Lake, hiking trails, fishing spots, and if you head up to the top of the Park a beautiful view of the Mississippi River. Also you can find a tiny eatery down the road so that’s a nice treat.
Train goes next to campground and barges are loud when they come through on the river😀
Staff were very nice and helpful. Great visitors center with wonderful history and informative exhibits. Shower/ bathroom & laundry facilities were great, very clean and well kept. Cell reception was spotty but WiFi at the laundry room was nice.
So, there are two separate campgrounds at this park: one with electric sites and one primitive campground. The campground with electric sites is right on an active railroad. While my kids loved watching the train come through, it was extremely loud and went night and day. The camp sites are generously spaced. One thing we love doing at this park is hiking. There are lots of trails. Our favorite (with our smallest kids) is the trail that goes around the lake! It's so easy to miss, but a nice little easy hike. We also love to play on the beach and in the water. There isn't much here outside of a little visitor center, but it's also not too far from the city if you forget something. Cell service is spotty, but have definitely had worse in our MO State Parks. Bathrooms were very clean.
Great for hiking! If you want an easy hike it's available but there are an abundance of intermediate trail and a beautiful quarry! Be sure to pay attention to trails because lack of trail markers.
My site was very nice, it was tucked into the trees so although the sites are not very far apart, they feel private.
The weekend we were here there was a large party of young adults who were very loud and fought all night. However, I can't really judge the campgrounds itself on this. It did make me feel that the current campground host was less attentive than I have experienced at the other MO State Parks.
There were great trails and overlooks of the Mississippi, as well as decent fishing in Lake Boutin. On our way out, we parked and fished from a rocky area and I caught my first catfish - I literally didn't know what to do!
Be ready for strong emotions here among the natural beauty. The museum should be visited first, followed by peaceful walks on the many trails. There are two campgrounds, one for tents and one with electricity/hookups (tents welcome there too). The latter is open all year so you can enjoy XC skiing.
Yay: With a wheelchair or stroller there is a lot you can do. Beautiful views and very thorough history information.
Nay: there is a two night minimum stay rule. There’s a train very close to the campground. Bugs!
Surprise: There’s also a separate scout camp area, which is how we heard about the campground.
It's not a bad little spot for a weekend escape. There will be a train that comes through in the middle of the night, but other people have never been an issue for us