Consider us biased, but as far as trips go it's certainly hard to beat the Lake of the Ozarks in Central Missouri. This is the perfect destination for adventure-seekers as well as those who are looking for a relaxing escape — at the end of the day, you're going to leave with memories of a wonderful vacation.
To help you plan your decision, below is a list of six amazing places to camp near the Lake of the Ozarks.
Cross Creek Campground and RV Park
We've written about Cross Creek before, and for good reason. There are lots of RV sites to choose from and the entire park is close to the lake itself. What makes Cross Creek suitable for a camping trip are its tree house-style cabins that you can opt to stay in if you'd rather take your time and settle down. Plus, imagine how comfy and cozy you'll be in your cabin as you watch the leaves change colors! This is truly the place to go if you're just looking to relax and shake off all the stress you've been experiencing.
Linn Creek KOA
Linn Creek KOA boasts 85 camping sites across 39 acres, which means you can easily choose to stay in your RV or grab a tent and spend a night in the great outdoors. The extensive campground amenities also allow for quick outdoor cookouts, all you have to do is bring the food! Daydreaming in Paradise’s guide to having the best camper trips suggests stacking up on groceries anyway, especially since most RVs have stoves to cook on. Bringing a few extra ingredients for s'mores and hot dog sandwiches is the perfect accompaniment to a scenic night at Linn Creek.
Riverview RV Park
On the shores of the Osage River, just downstream from Bagnell Dam, sits Riverview RV Park. This sprawling campground draws RV'ers year-round. It's easy to reach, just off Highway 54, and boasts plenty of amenities, including riverfront RV sites, a boat dock and ramp, playground for the kids, stocked fishing pond, propane for purchase, and a clubhouse available for groups to use.
Deer Valley Campground
Nestled on the "west side" of Lake of the Ozarks, Deer Valley is located conveniently for campers coming from or through Kansas City, although this is a great place to camp no matter what direction you're coming from. Open from April through November, the 300 campsites are available for daily, weekly, or even yearly rentals. Just up the road is the popular Franky & Louie's Beachfront Bar & Grill, where you can enjoy food and drinks with a Key West flair. Located at the end of the mile-long Lynch Hollow Cove on Lake of the Ozarks, the beach and swimming areas at Deer Valley are protected by a pier and No-Wake buoys.
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Ha Ha Tonka State Park
This state park is the place to go for those who want to take in the best of their natural surroundings. Guests at Ha Ha Tonka will see stunning views of both the Lake of the Ozarks and Ha Ha Tonka Spring, but that's not all this place has to offer. Avid hikers will be pleased to know that there are a few trails that can be taken across the park.
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Lake of the Ozarks State Park
We can't finish this list without mentioning the Lake of the Ozark State Park, which is also known as the state's largest park. Since this park is quite a popular destination amongst visitors and locals alike, it's in your best interests to book your spot way in advance. The park's Pin Oak Facility also has cabins for those who want to live out their rustic lifestyle dreams, while family campsites are an option if you're looking to use this time to bond with your loved ones.
This Wired article highlights how a few short trips here and there can help you stay sane in the midst of these increasingly stressful times. While there are those who are starting to venture out and go on long-haul trips, the great thing about a short trip is that you can still have a memorable getaway without spending too much time planning it. Plus, shorter trips can also save you a bit more money. All in all, consider this the perfect opportunity if you've always wanted to have a quick local trip and explore your surroundings.
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