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Bell tents near Eureka, Missouri with campfires

There’s more to this town than its theme park.

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3 top bell tents sites near Eureka with campfires

Briars to Blessings

1 site · Lodging21 acres · Ellington, Reynolds
We own 21 acres in the beautiful Missouri Ozarks. The campsite is located in the woods on an Ozark mountain. We are located near the Black River, Current River, Clearwater Lake, Peck Ranch Conservation area, Johnson's shut-ins, Ozark Scenic Riverways, and the Mark Twain National Forest. There are opportunities to swim, raft, hike, and fish all over our region.
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The Art Farm Women's Retreat

24 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents34 acres · Paducah, Mc Cracken
The Art Farm Women's Retreat is women owned. The farm is 34 acres of rolling farmland, woods and pasture. We are surrounded by farmland on all sides. Enjoy nature. Watch wildlife. Listen to the birds singing. You will often see deer in the evenings. Walk or drive to the main residence to enjoy the pool, hot tub and hot outdoor shower. (5 minute walk or 1 minute drive) We have a few dedicated women's campouts each year, and some art-making workshops, retreats, and quilting weekends, too. LGBTQ friendly. :)
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Red Gate Farm, LLC

2 sites · Lodging, Tents50 acres · Creal Springs, Williamson
Welcome to Red Gate Farm, LLC, a farm with a vision! We previously ran a very successful Hipcamp site at our previous property, but completely relocated and are starting fresh! We purchased 50 acres of GORGEOUS timbered property, with rolling forested hills, several creeks, trees towering over 100 feet tall, and abundant wildlife. It's absolutely perfect for Hipcamp! In addition to our working farm including dairy goats, free-range hens, and forest-raised heritage hogs, depending on when you come, you may also be able to observe some of the wild horses that come here for gentling, or even observe our gorgeous Gypsy Vanner at work on the farm! Better yet, for an additional fee, you can take advantage of one or more hands-on opportunities we offer! Building a new farm (and Hipcamp program) from scratch takes time--years even, but we decided now is as a good a time as any to share our beautiful timber with Hipcampers looking for some peace and privacy. Thus, we are kicking off our Grand Opening of the new sites. We are excited to offer a steeply discounted rate for 2023, with the understanding that our new Hipcamp sites are still being developed. While the site itself will be groomed and set up as listed, the surrounding grass won't be perfectly green yet, there will still be a lot of dead-wood and natural debris around the sites, and trails are a bit rough and uneven. If you can overlook the "rustic" aspects though, and enjoy the beauty of the peace and quiet of just enjoying nature, as it has sat unmanaged for roughly 50 years around the sites, then you are likely to love every moment! If you desire more adventure than just hanging around and enjoying nature, be sure to check out the additional experiences we offer here on the farm, as well as the entire surrounding area. Southern IL is made up of the Shawnee National Forest and multiple state parks and recreational areas. You can find a wide variety of activities to keep you busy! Even the local towns have much to offer, whether you enjoy fine dining, casual restaurants, antique shopping, or a nice theater production.
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Bell tents near Eureka with campfires guide

Travelers along Interstate 44 in eastern Missouri often recognize Eureka by the colorful roller coasters and thrill rides visible from the highway, thanks to Six Flags theme park, which is just one attraction that brings visitors to this small town west of St. Louis. Some use it as a home base for visiting the city, thanks to the short 30 minute drive into downtown. Others use it as a jumping-off point for exploring the natural areas that ring the city. Route 66 State Park and several nature preserves and conservation areas are found nearby, offering scenic spots for hiking and biking. Private RV parks here especially cater to families, with a range of organized activities, pools, free wifi, and full hookups.

Where to Go

Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park

With facilities built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, Babler State Park prides itself for welcoming generations of visitors who have come to explore the woodlands and prairies or to gather with family. One of Missouri’s oldest parks, this is a good option for exploring Eureka or visiting St. Louis. The well-developed campground has spacious sites for tents and RVs, offering concrete pads and electric hookups.

St. Louis

While Eureka is a popular home base for exploring St. Louis, campers can also do the opposite, staying in parks, cabins, or glamping rentals closer to the city. A handful of urban RV parks provide easy access to St. Louis’s attractions, which include the sprawling Forest Park, numerous family attractions and museums, and a vibrant downtown, known as the home of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Gateway Arch National Park.

Meramec State Park

Another state park option close to Eureka is Meramec State Park, offering recreational opportunities along the Meramec River, which makes a slow sliver through the park’s woodlands and bluffs. Hop in or on the waters for boating, paddling, swimming, or fishing. An onsite cave offers fascinating tours. The park campground has sites suitable for tents and RVs, whether you want to dry camp or have electric or full hookups.

When to Go

If Eureka’s nearby rivers and parks are calling to you, spring or fall are good times for embracing outdoor recreation, thanks to the pleasant temperatures. Summer is a popular time for any activities along the water, so expect more crowds, despite the hot, humid weather. Winter can be cold, with occasional freezing temperatures and rounds of snow and ice.

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