Camping in Missouri’s Great Outdoors

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Outdoor Adventure , outdoors , camping , Campgrounds & RV Sites , nature trails
Ceilings Made of Stars
Author: H&L Partners
Whether you prefer a simple tent or a rustic lodge, Missouri offers countless spots for a serene camping getaway. Our state’s abundance of rivers, lakes, mountains and trails gives campers plenty of daytime activities – plus plenty of places to rest following hours of adventure.

At Knob Noster State Park, a mere five minutes south of Knob Noster, people and horses are welcome to snooze beneath the stars. The equestrian camping makes Knob Noster State Park a favorite among horseback riders. The park offers hiking, fishing and nature-study areas. At the end of the day, relax and rest near one of the crystal-blue lakes.

Van Meter State Park, located 13 miles north of Marshall, fascinates fans of nature and archaeology alike. The Missouria Indians (after whom our state is named) lived in this area. Within the park, you can explore the remnants of their village, see a hand-dug earthwork and observe several burial mounds. In addition to this excellent learning experience, Van Meter State Park offers fishing, hiking, picnicking and – so you can make it a wonderful weekend – camping.

Admire Missouri’s autumnal splendor with a camping trip to Cuivre River State Park. Situated about 15 minutes southeast of Troy, this park is the ideal destination for anyone who loves to get outside and get active. There are more than 38 miles of trails to explore on foot and on horseback. The hospitable campgrounds welcome individual campers, equestrian campers and groups.

Be sure to pack your binoculars when you set out for Robertsville State Park. The abundance of birds makes this a great outing for birdwatchers and naturalists. Winged creatures aren’t the only ones who flock to this beautiful park along the Meramec River. Campers, boaters and hikers love Robertsville State Park for its serene surroundings. Campsites and plentiful picnic facilities provide everything you need to spend several relaxing days.  

Say “so long” to everyday life’s hustle-and-bustle when you visit gorgeous Hawn State Park, 14 miles northeast of Farmington. This park exemplifies the pristine beauty of the Missouri Ozark sandstone country. Recharge your spirit when you sleep beneath the soaring pine trees. Spend the day hiking trails bordered by wild azaleas. Hawn State Park provides a wonderfully peaceful getaway.  

Look up – way up – when you visit Sam A. Baker State Park. Set against the majestic St. Francois Mountains, 16 miles northeast of Piedmont, is a great destination for active families. Adventurers of all ages find plenty to love in the park. Enjoy a nature program; trot along the horse trails; hike a backpacking trail; and explore the park on your bicycle. At the end of a long day of fun, set up your tent next to a bubbling stream.

Roaring River State Park, eight miles south of Cassville, is known as one of the top places in Missouri to catch rainbow trout. Roaring River welcomes hundreds of anglers each year. After a day of fishing, spend a peaceful night at a campsite, in a cabin or at the on-site Emory Melton Inn. In addition to fishing, the park’s 2,075-acre wild-area is one of Missouri's most beautiful spots.


  Van Meter State Park
The Missouria Indians, who gave their name to the state and river, inhabited this area. The park features ...

  Cuivre River State Park
More than 38 miles of hiking, backpacking and equestrian trails wind through this 6,393-acre park. Camping, ...

  Robertsville State Park
Located along the Meramec River, this 1,224-acre park offers camping, picnic sites and shelters, hiking ...

  Hawn State Park
Set in eastern Ozark sandstone country, this park is located between Ste. Genevieve and Farmington on ...

  Sam A. Baker State Park
The St. Francois Mountains provide the backdrop for this scenic park. Great for families, it offers ...

  Roaring River State Park
Trout fishermen flock to the rugged and scenic Roaring River State Park.  The park offers ...