Best Tent Camping: Missouri and the Ozarks
by Steve Henry (Menasha Ridge Press)
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Administered by the US Forest Service, This campground was excellent. The sites were clean and well maintained. The grass was mowed and the pine trees for which it was named were amazing.
The facilities were about how I like them: a community water faucet and an outhouse. There are places where someone with a trailer could park, but no hookups. That works for me, it generally weeds out a lot of people I wouldn't want to deal with.
My only complaint would be that it's so popular. There are 7 camp sites plus picnic areas. On the Saturday night of my trip, every sight was full, plus there were people camped in between the sights, and even folks camped in the picnic area. I talked with one of the people from the Forest Service and she told me that fall is the busiest time. It makes sense as it's still warm enough, the foliage is beautiful and the college (MU in Colombia) is in session. Luckily the lack of real facilities seems to keep the inexperienced campers out - I really didn't see any of the rampant stupidity so common in most campgrounds.
All in all it was an excellent experience, and definitely one I plan on repeating.
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