Best Tent Camping: Missouri and the Ozarks
by Steve Henry (Menasha Ridge Press)
© Steve Henry/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.
I don't get a chance to visit this part of the river often, but I always greatly look forward to my trips. Rush is unique in that more buildings have survived here than in any other concentrated area along the river. To help visitors gain more insight into the area, the park has placed signs near major buildings, and even has a wonderful trail winding along the old mine level, giving visitors a chance to see what life was like here in the earlier parts of the century. What's especially fascinating about Rush is that the history isn't very old; in fact, one mine was reopened for a short time in the 1960's (you can see an old steam engine left when they shut down). It would be a great idea to visit Buffalo Point (just down the road) and get a brochure for the Rush trail to get the most out of your visit.
Camping is superb in the Rush area, although if you visit when it is busy (late summer) you may not get too much privacy. The sites are designed as walk-ins, but parking is very close to all sites. There is plenty of shade thanks to some enormous trees here, and the river is right next door. For those who don't have time to hike the trail, there are plenty of buildings located right on the road, and there is a great 0.2 mile loop trail around the Morning Star mill complex (a very easy trail with only one steep but short climb).
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