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Old 01-02-2021, 01:42 PM   #1
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RV Park / Campground Recommendation - Ozarks

Hello Everyone!!

My wife and I are considering a spring camping trip to the Ozark Mountains general vicinity for some basic hiking and exploring. We don't necessarily need, but would prefer, electric and restroom/shower facilities.......but am open to all suggestions.

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Outside Branson there is the COE campground at Indian point.

Lovely campground. Cheap for seniors. All the Branson stuff is there if you want it.

The theme park nearby in the past had lots of music live in the park in the spring.

Been going to that area since the 50's.
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Old 01-02-2021, 02:34 PM   #3
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The Ozark mountains cover quite a large area. You might want be more specific about the exact area you intend to visit in order for people to make recommendations.


If you want hiking and exploring, I'd think you would want to stay away from the Branson, MO area.


As mentioned above, there are many COE campgrounds associated with Table Rock, Bull Shoals, and other lakes, as well as nice state parks in SW Missouri and in Arkansas. The Buffalo National River area of Arkansas is pretty, but the camping around there is a bit more primitive.
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Old 01-02-2021, 03:03 PM   #4
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Thank you, your campground suggestions are appreciated and we will check them out.

Frankly we don't know much about entire southern Missouri / northern Arkansas area, so your reply is helpful.

We like to explore so are looking for any central base camp location from which we can find some good day hikes and see the general area. We will likely spend 3/4 days in one location, then move to another.

We would prefer not to be located close to Branson.
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Old 01-02-2021, 10:37 PM   #5
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Check out MO State Parks. They have a lot of great sites. https://mostateparks.com/activity/camping
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Old 01-03-2021, 01:59 PM   #6
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Big Springs Campground VanBurern Mo. and Buffalo Point Yellville Ar. Both areas are beautiful and both operated by the NPS
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Lake Dardanelle State Park.

If you are interested in Arkansas, Lake Dardanelle State Park outside Russellville Arkansas is beautiful. Located along Interstate 40 and provides easy access to Highway 7.
Highway 7 north provides access to many beautiful areas for hiking and exploring, also provides access to Branson Mo.
Highway 7 south provides access to many area crystal mines and Hot Springs Arkansas.
Interstate 40 west takes you to area wineries and Interstate 40 east takes you to Little Rock.
Russellville is located about 80 miles from both Fort Smith and Little Rock.
Beautiful campsites are available in the State Park with water, sewer and electrical hookups. Modern shower house.
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Old 01-03-2021, 02:04 PM   #8
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Echo Bluff State Park is the best state/national park campground we have ever used. Clean, cement pads, and convenient to Eminence. The Current River and Sinking creek are close for recreation.
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Old 01-03-2021, 02:18 PM   #9
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As mentioned there are many great COE parks in the general area you want to travel. We have never been disappointed in a COE park, most are electric with several spots to fill fw tank, a few have full hookups. If you are over age 62 you can get America the Beautiful Sr. Pass and get 50% off on rate, we usually pay $10 to $12 a day for great sites. The pass is a one time fee of $80.
Check out recreation.gov to find parks in the area you are considering. You can research and reserve from the website. Enjoy your trip
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Harry Truman State Park in Warsaw, MO. Pomme De Terra State Park, Hermitage, MO. Both are still pretty natural. Pomme De Terra can be tricky with long rigs but it's a cool park.
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If you enjoy trout fishing, our secret spot is a place called White Hole Resort near Flippin, Arkansas. It is on the White river and only has one RV spot, so you definitely have to make reservations (they also have cabins for rent). They Have a fishing dock, miles of the white river for wade fishing, a pool, restroom with a shower and also rent boats and arrange guided fishing trips. I hope that we haven't given away our chances for renting the space when we want, but I could not pass up the chance to let someone else know about these great people who own this place
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If you enjoy trout fishing, our secret spot is a place called White Hole Resort near Flippin, Arkansas. It is on the White river and only has one RV spot, so you definitely have to make reservations (they also have cabins for rent). They Have a fishing dock, miles of the white river for wade fishing, a pool, restroom with a shower and also rent boats and arrange guided fishing trips. I hope that we haven't given away our chances for renting the space when we want, but I could not pass up the chance to let someone else know about these great people who own this place
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Old 01-03-2021, 03:05 PM   #13
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Devil's Den State Park
Mt Magazine State Park
Withrow Springs State park
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Old 01-03-2021, 07:29 PM   #14
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Devils Den we have stayed there a couple of times. It has some full hook up sites. Also has hiking trials. Short drive to Fayetteville area where you can go to Crystal Bridges Museum. Just be prepared for no cell service.
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Buffalo National River

Buffalo Point CG. We will be there this spring doing some float trips. CG was just refreshed after some bad weather went through.
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yes, all three are good plus Lake Fort Smith is a little south of Devil's Den but is booked up much of the time
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According to the attached map, the "Ozarks" covers a large area. It helps when a city/state or specific location accompanies some of these campground names.
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We enjoyed Echo Bluff State Park Missouri. Clean, new level concrete sights, full hookups. Tent camping segregated. River runs behind campground. Wild horses visits the campground. Near Lodge with Restraunt . Close to Ozark National Scenic River way . Downfall no cell serviceClick image for larger version

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Old 01-13-2021, 05:01 PM   #19
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Many thanks to Everyone for all your suggestion !!!

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Old 01-13-2021, 05:12 PM   #20
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Missouri is sort of nutty about trout fishing. They have 5 state parks that stock daily.

Wonderful parks but, mostly centered around fishing. Our Favorite is Montauk. No cell service. Middle of nowhere. Slow paced at best. we love it.
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