Lane Spring Recreation Area

Rolla, Missouri

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Lane Spring Recreation Area is a pleasant little spot for an afternoon or weekend escape. Though it’s close to the city of Rolla, it’s a hidden enclave in the valley of Little Piney Creek that feels like the middle of nowhere. Completely renovated in 1996, the picnic area and campground are wonderful places to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Lane Spring is great for families or other groups too—the picnic area has pavilions for reunions, a playground for kids, and a field big enough for softball games or tossing a Frisbee around.
Best Tent Camping: Missouri and the Ozarks

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Best Tent Camping: Missouri and the Ozarks

by Steve Henry (Menasha Ridge Press)

Lane Spring Recreation Area is a pleasant little spot for an afternoon or weekend escape. Though it’s close to the city of Rolla, it’s a hidden enclave in the valley of Little Piney Creek that feels like the middle of nowhere.

Completely renovated in 1996, the picnic area and campground are wonderful places to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Lane Spring is great for families or other groups too—the picnic area has pavilions for reunions, a playground for kids, and a field big enough for softball games or tossing a Frisbee around.

©  Steve Henry/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Rolla
Season: Apr.–Oct.; gate may be closed
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Lane Spring Recreation Area

Recent Trail Reviews

3/20/2008
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It is fun for a quick hike. Good place for families. Eden Falls and Eden Falls Cave are both really cool. As are all the other sites along the way, actually. Its a good place to take pics.


5/15/2005
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This is a real gem. The campsites are nicely spaced and in good shape, but the real treat here is the trail up Lost Valley. Whether on-trail or up the creek bed, there is plenty to see. Cobb Cave, Eden Falls Cave and the natural bridge offer real highpoints on the short hike. Be sure to bring your flashlight and make the journey into the domed room at Eden Falls cave-- it is a great site. One word of warning, the campground water has a strong sulphur taste-- bring plenty of your own!


3/12/2002
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In the spring, this is possibly the most enchanting valley in Arkansas. There are two routes to choose; a relaxing stroll along the path, or a more adventurous journey up the creek bed. The first landmark, a natural bridge with numerous springs inside, is followed by a rocky creek bed that creates beautiful little waterfalls (if you're lucky enough to visit in the spring). Small caves line the bluffs, and ahead is Cobb Cave. Indians once used this enormous shelter, and it's interesting to imagine what this area was like when they were around. The trail gets a bit steep here, but it's worth it. The view of the waterfall is stunning, but the real prize at the top is the cave. Make sure you bring a flashlight! At the end of this short cave you'll find the last, and to me the best, landmark of the day.



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