Hannah W.
Columbia, MO
Joined May 2018
No fees, no water, plenty of beauty and space

This 8 site campground has well kept vault toilets and no other services, but is fee-less to match. There is a pavilion near the access points to the Berryman and Ozark trails. We camped the night before heading out on a one night backpacking trip on the Berryman and were pleasantly surprised - it had rained the past 2 days and just finished when we arrived, but the ground was not soggy at the campsite or really much on the trail at all. The sites are well spaced apart, short pads so we saw one couple park their camper on one and their truck on another (the sites were not anywhere near full). Downside to that was, they ran their loud generator all night. However the experience overall was a positive one, with friendly neighbors but plenty of distance between so we didn't cross paths or hear each other's conversations unless we wanted to, a nice fire ring - check before selecting a site as ours was missing a grate; we didn't need one anyhow, a sturdy picnic table and plenty of down wood around to collect for a fire. We will be back!!

Close sites, beautiful area

We rolled in at 8pm on a Friday night. The sign said "campground full" but thanks to another review we disregarded this and found an open site, as did the person who drove in behind us. The 26 sites are in two layers, one closer to the parking lot, one closer to the woods, river and bluffs. Rangers patrol regularly and are very helpful. There is a ranger station beyond the horse campground which is a pleasant walk or a quick drive. We stopped there to get our National Park stamp! Easy access to a trail directly from the lot, or walk beyond the horse camp to the Old River trail head. Centerpoint Trail is a 15 minute drive away and offers access to the Big Bluff/Goat Trail. Caution drivers: the road in to the campground is windy and steep. A sign warns against bringing RVs. However there were an enormous bus and tons of horse trailers and campers at the bottom of the hill - braver people than I:) Bathrooms are clean, dimly lit at night presumably to keep bugs out. Each site has a lantern pole, fire ring and picnic table. Lost Valley Trail and shelter are a 10-15 minute drive away. Since it was raining we cooked our dinner in the shelter. Overall a beautiful place with great access to multiple trails as well as river access. Sites are a little close, but if you're fine with having neighbors 20 or so feet away, we highly recommend:)

25+ years of memories here

I've come here every year since I was a toddler with family, and continue to enjoy it. Great for families as there are a couple fun playgrounds and always kids and adults alike enjoying bikerides and walks through the campground and along the trails, some of which offer lake access with beautiful views and good fossil hunting along the shores of Mark Twain Lake.. The sites are roomy and well maintained, and the bathrooms are clean and well kept. It is however a popular spot and fills up quick on weekends!

Beautiful and fun place to spend a day or two!

We camped on the beach here for cheap. There are flush toilets every so many feet high up on the beach which is nice. I would bring plenty of water - I can't remember if the water from the sinks was potable. There was a nice guy helping to dig people's cars out of the sand - be careful where you drive, and whatever you do, if you get stuck do not drive SLOW afterward! Drive fast until you are on more solid ground. We saw one guy get stuck over and over and over again because he kept letting his car slow and lose momentum. We got stuck once ourselves. The great thing is that you are very visible and there were a few people willing to help us. What we ended up doing was parking far from the beach and just carrying our camp gear closer to the shore.

Lake Powell is AWESOME. The water is the perfect temperature, the sand is wonderful and not gravelly. This is a perfect place to just swim and float all day long, maybe with a couple beers and definitely LOTS of sunscreen.

This may have been a fluke or rare thing, but the wind was high the day we were here. Our tent quickly blew up from the ground and onto another family's tent! We re-staked it and weighed it down with our gear and that worked. It did storm on us overnight. Our tent was filled with sand the next morning and we were soaked and had to hold our tent up because of the wind and rain. However, it was still one of my favorite camping experiences of our two-week, 7 national parks trip!

Hot, hot, hot! But beautiful views of Marble Canyon and the Colorado River

We arrived in the middle of the night after failing to find available campsites elsewhere after a long day at Zion National Park. It was still in the 80's. What ensued was a hot, buggy night. The nice thing is, there are sun/wind shelters - I believe at every site. You couldn't deny the beauty of the area, and we walked down to the Colorado River (about a 10 minute walk/hike) to rinse off. Be careful if you do this - we anchored ourselves together and took wide stances - the current is fast and strong here. The water was COLD to the point of being breathtaking in stark contrast to the miserably hot day. The bathroom was fine; running water and flush toilets. Overall nothing to scream about, and I would choose to camp on the shore of Lake Powell - a short drive away - any day (cooler; swimmable water nearby; overall more pleasant)

Easy access to Crater Lake, beautiful Rogue River right there!

We ended up camping here when Crater Lake campgrounds were full. There were several sites open. It was an easy drive to and from the national park and the time spent at the campground was beautiful in itself - our site backed up to the Rogue River and had some great downed trees and rocky banks available to sit on by the river and read, just watch the water rush by, or dip feet in. The bathrooms were nice and seemed relatively new; no showers, but there were a few spigots around and it was easy to wash hair in those. The campground had bear-proof trash cans. (Camped July of 2017)