Best Tent Camping: Missouri and the Ozarks
by Steve Henry (Menasha Ridge Press)
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My wife and I enjoyed this capsite very much. We stayed in the Summit Loop on site 30. The trails were nice as we hiked to the old Silver Mine and to the dam as well. Camphosts were very nice. Although the river was low, we still enjoyed the excellent scenery. We are planning to go back in the spring when the river comes alive. The campsites are much to our liking. We have an Aliner Camper and can enjoy the more basic campsites.
Stayed at the Silver Mines campground riverside loop. I disagree with the guide stating the campsites are too close together and that it is loud in this area do to the swimming access being at this loop. The access is actually, the next drive up, and does connect to the loop, but we did not find that it created any extra noise. This is the only loop with electric, though there were no showers. We were in site 5, which I would not recommend at is is in full sun for most of the day, but ANY other in the this loop looked just fine. Ours was fine once the sun headed down for the day. As for the trail, we only hiked a portion of the trail from the bridge to the dam, but will definitely be going back to see the rest. It was a great hike and I can only imagine how what we missed. I forgot my trail guide at home, and there were no maps available at the trailhead, so we could only guess how far we would go and it was threatening rain. Had to get back and get the pop-up down before we the rain came.
We left our campsite arround 10am and hiked up the trail leading to the Silver Mines. It was a great time of year to make the hike. The leaves still hadn't sprouted, so views of the river were great, and the tempature was arround 80 degrees. After messing arround the mine area we continued up to the old dam. The dam is a great place to sit on and take a break. We passed the time watching a student group from the University of Missouri collect rock samples below us. Had the pleasure to meet a very nice lady in a brown shirt (sorry forget your name) who talked to us about their trip. While it was very tempting to jump off the dam into the water we hiked back down to the campsite. After having some beers, we went back up to the low water bridge and swam in the rapids for a few hours. The cold water felt great after the hike.
Hiked this trail for the first time today. Really enjoyed the scenery and the terrain. The first half from Millstream to Turkey Creek was good, but there was several trees blown across the trail from the storms. It did look like there was an effort underway to get the trail cleaned up though. From Turkey creek to Silver Mines was an awesom hike. I enjoyed the hike through the rocks, it added a little more difficulty to the day. Hiked around the bridge and back up to the dam. Checked out the foundations of the old buildings and the "air conditioner" was nice on a warm day. Definately recommend this trail to anyone. It is a good day hike that I will do again soon.
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