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Halfway between St. Louis and Kansas City, this college town prides itself on being the cultural mecca of central Missouri. Located on the Missouri River, Columbia's student population fuels a busy restaurant and bar scene, plus music venues, art museums, and festivals. Columbia is also nicely situated for outdoor getaways. Family-style camping resorts and RV parks are just a few miles outside of town, along with many small state parks. Off-roading is the big draw at Finger Lakes State Park. Home to ATV trails and a motocross track, the park also has camping sites with showers and electrical hook-ups. The Pine Ridge Recreation Area is the largest nearby park, with good hiking trails. Horse folk congregate here at the Dry Fork Campground, which is close to the equestrian trailhead. The tiny, secluded camp asks only for donations, but the amenities are bare-bones. Read: vault toilets and water pumps. Arrow Rock State Historic Site is a good bet for family outings. Once a 19th-century river town, the historic buildings are open to visitors as a sort of Ye Old Main Street, with a working tavern you can dine at. The small campground has showers, and the sites have electric and water for trailers. There's also one full hook-up RV site if you're lucky enough to snag it.

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