Best Campgrounds in Missouri

This list represents the most popular campgrounds in Missouri. Use this list to plan your next Missouri campgrounds trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Greer Crossing Recreation Area


Greer Crossing Recreation Area is smack in the middle of one of my favorite landscapes in Missouri—the Eleven Point Wild and Scenic River country. With upper access for canoeing the most beautiful sec…
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#2. Markham Springs Recreation Area


If you like water, you’ll love Markham Springs. A deep, clear, spring-fed pool with an old home and a mill house on its shores is the centerpiece of the recreation area. Little brooks trickle everywhe…
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#3. Council Bluff Recreation Area


Council Bluff Recreation Area is built around 440-acre Council Bluff Lake on the Big River. Opened in 1985, Wild Boar Ridge Campground is a group of campsites strung along the spine of a forested Ozar…
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#4. Lane Spring Recreation Area


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 l…
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#5. Two Rivers


Two Rivers is the smallest developed campground on the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. With its 22 individual sites and two group camps scattered among the trees, its atmosphere is comfortably intima…
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#6. Meramec State Park


Meramec State Park covers 6,800 acres of wooded hills on the north side of the Meramec River. South of the river, the Meramec Conservation Area contains another 3,900 acres of Ozark countryside. Tog…
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#7. Cuivre River State Park


Cuivre River State Park’s 6,394 acres are an anomaly to the agricultural landscape around it, featuring the ridges, hollows, gravel-bottom streams, and bluff overlooks common to the Ozarks in the sout…
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#8. Cuivre River State Park Campground


Cuivre River State Park’s 6,394 acres are an anomaly to the agricultural landscape around it, featuring the ridges, hollows, gravelbottom streams, and bluff overlooking. There’s something for everyone…
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#9. Klondike Park


Klondike Park opened in 2004 on the site of the old Klondike Quarry. The quarry first opened in 1898, when the Tavern Rock Sand Company began crushing the park’s sandstone to extract silica for making…
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#10. North Fork Recreation Area


Known to locals as Hammond Mill Camp, North Fork Recreation Area overlooks another of Missouri’s many cool, clear, spring-fed streams—the North Fork of the White River. A spring pours into the river a…
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#11. Washington State Park


On top of the pretty hills, hollows, and streams you expect to find in the Ozark landscapes, Washington State Park is also rich in both history and prehistory. The rustic cabins, lodge, headquarters,…
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#12. Wallace State Park


The 501 acres of wooded hills and bottomlands in Wallace State Park are named for the family that once owned part of this land. The park came into existence in the 1930s through the preservation effor…
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Cameron, MO - Campgrounds
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#13. Taum Sauk Mountain State Park


With 7,500 acres in the rocky, rugged St. Francois Mountains, Taum Sauk Mountain State Park, the highest point in the state, is one of Missouri’s newest and most scenic parks. This primitive, quiet ca…
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#14. Berryman Recreation Area


Berryman Recreation Area is the old campsite of Civilian Conservation Corps Company 3733. The picnic pavilion here is dedicated to the men who worked at the camp in the 1930s. Berryman Campground is a…
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#15. Klondike Park Campground


Klondike Park opened in 2004 on the site of the old Klondike Quarry. The quarry first opened in 1898, when the Tavern Rock Sand Company began crushing the park’s sandstone to extract silica for making…
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#16. Marble Creek Recreation Area


Marble Creek is named for the pinkish dolomite called Taum Sauk marble. This marble is found along the creek’s 20-mile course through the surrounding St. Francois Mountains. Like so many Ozark streams…
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#17. Pine Ridge Recreation Area Campground


Pine Ridge Recreation is a beautiful place to escape the hustle and bustle of college life at the University of Missouri in Columbia, or the craziness of civil service at the state capital in nearby J…
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Ashland, MO - Campgrounds
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#18. Red Bluff Recreation Area


Red Bluff Recreation Area is a forested enclave in a horseshoe bend of Huzzah Creek. The campground takes its name from the red hues in the cliff across the Huzzah. The light rusty color results from…
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#19. Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park


Johnson’s Shut-Ins, historically one of Missouri’s most popular state parks, was almost completely destroyed in December 2005 by the blowout of nearby Taum Sauk Reservoir. Built to supply water for a…
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#20. Sam A. Baker State Park


Sam A. Baker State Park is named for a past governor of Missouri who was born in the area and pushed for the park’s creation while he was in office in the mid-1920s. His namesake park, one of Missouri…
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