Missouri History

190 years ago today, Missouri became the 24th state in the Union. Thank you Mr. Gettman for teaching me in Missouri History class that Missouri was the 24th state in ’21 and not the other way around. I do remember something from 4th grade. The next year I learned from him how fun camping out in Missouri can be.

In honor of Missouri’s 190th anniversary, here are some great spots to camp out in Missouri. Consider taking a trip during the ever-popular Labor Day weekend or even this weekend if you’re one of the lucky few that doesn’t have anyone in school at your house.

1. Silver Mines Recreation Area

Silver Mines 06

Silver Mines is located in Fredericktown, Missouri inside the Mark Twain National Forest. The campgrounds here rest along the St. Francis River which is perfect for fishing and kayaking. The land here is perfect for hiking to the silver mines of granite nearby. The campgrounds are open between March and October 15 and the fees include a camping fee of $8.00 for a single non-electric or $15.00 for single electric. Double and group options are available. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 877-444-6777. More info available at VisitMo.com.

2. Big Bay Recreation Area

Table Rock Lake from Big Bay Campsite

Big Bay is located in Shell Knob, Missouri along Table Rock Lake in Mark Twain National Forest. Most people visit Table Rock Lake to go boating or just fishing and swimming. If you’re not from Missouri, Table Rock Lake is a 53,000 acre lake in the southwest portion of the state. Big Bay tends to be a bit more peaceful than some of the cabin areas nearby but you’re still close enough to the town to buy things. The grounds are open from May through September and costs $10/night. You can reserve your spot online for $9 at www.recreation.gov. Consider requesting campsite 35 which has the highest marks.

3. Paddy Creek Recreation Area


Paddy Creek is located in Licking, Missouri alongside Paddy Creek in Mark Twain National Forest. Most people come to Paddy Creek for the nearby trails. Big Piney Trail is a 17 mile loop trail that can be very rugged at times. Many backpackers or even horseback riders like to attempt these trails. The grounds are open April through December and cost $5/night.

 4. Meramec State Park

Meramec River

Meramec State Park is located outside Sullivan, Missouri along the Meramec River. Most people come here to camp, drink, and enjoy Missouri’s favorite activity, float trips. You’ll see canoes lined up, college kids and adults catching up with each other, and lots of campfires. The park isn’t for those seeking a quiet journey so plan ahead. There are also plenty of trails and even a cave to explore. The grounds are open during the main season April through October and start at $13/night. Reservations can be made online.

5. Cuivre River State Park Campground

20110613 164 Cuivre River State Park

Cuivre River State Park is located is located outside Troy, Missouri along the Cuivre River. This is the park that I referred to at the beginning of the post. Not only did I spend a week here as a student but I also spent a week here in 2002 as a camp counselor. This park is beautiful; there are several hiking trails, a cave to explore, and even fishing areas in the ponds. Lincoln Lake is a standout beauty and has a great 4-mile trail that the 10 and 11-year olds I was in charge of handled just fine. The main season runs April through October.

Here’s a breakdown of this post’s camping options and where they are in Missouri:

View Missouri Campgrounds in a larger map

If you’re looking for more camping options, check out the book I used for my research. The Best in Tent Camping: Missouri and Ozarks: A Guide for Car Campers Who Hate RVs, Concrete Slabs, and Loud Portable Stereos (Best Tent Camping). I haven’t camped in years but it really left me wanting to just cut out the electronics and take it easy for a weekend. Inspire me- what was your last camping trip like?

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I'm Julie, I love to travel, I'm very hyper and I like to "hype" things and from that, TravelHyper was born. I'm a Missouri native and I cover St. Louis travel ideas as well as my own travels. I also like to focus on places I want to visit and budget travel ideas by creating trip plans. There's so much world out there and I hope you'll find that it's worth seeing and that vacation doesn't have to be out of reach to you.

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