The best camping near Bennett Spring State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Bennett Spring State Park adventure.

Find trout and trails at this popular Missouri state park.  

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Riverbend RV Park and Campground

15 sites · RVs, Tents23 acres · Macks Creek, MO
Our small owner operated campground sits high above the Niangua River. Situated below Tunnel Dam and the locally famous Whistle, we have 250’ of Big Niangua River frontage. We offer several full hook-up RV spots and ultra secluded primitive spots and anything in between. We have a bathroom/shower house for campers’ convenience.
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DnD Lakefront Campground Lake Ozark

6 sites · Tents15 acres · Sunrise Beach, MO
Pitch your tent in our Lakefront campsites at DnD Lakeside Campground and have access to your own picnic table and fire ring on the shores of the beautiful Lake of The Ozarks, one of the Midwest's premier boating and lake fun destinations. Swim, fish and float in our quiet cove, take walks up our hiking trails and end your day enjoying the night sky sitting next to a fire. We are close to Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Bridal Cave, many lakefront bars and restaurants and The Ozark Amphitheater. We are at the starting line of the LOZ Annual Shootout, a fast-paced boating event benefiting local fire and rescue agencies, held the last weekend in August. Make sure to book early for summer holiday weekends. Discounted prices for weekday rentals available. Limited boat slip rentals available for a fee.
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Ozarks Piney Bend Riverfront

7 sites · Lodging, Tents7 acres · Dixon, MO
Experience the Missouri Ozarks in all it's glory! Our property sits on 7 acres running on both sides of the beautiful, crystal clear Big Piney River. We sit right at the bottom of a beautiful bluff right along the banks of the river! We have a dry cabin, with outdoor water, bathroom and cedar shower house. We have a fully stocked new camper with everything you'll need for up to 6 people, including ice cold A/C! We also own a large beautiful sand bar on the Big Piney River perfect for setting up your tent or hammock camping (only accessible by swimming or kayak, which we can provide for a fee)
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Wildflower Camp, Hike + Swim

5 sites · RVs, Tents60 acres · Eldon, MO
We have a 60 acre property with plenty of space to explore. There’s a well maintained walking trail and a year-round creek that runs through the valley. Our pond is perfect for swimming or paddling around in one of our canoes. If you're feeling adventurous, hike along the creek to a beautiful waterfall.
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Johnsons Hobby Farm

12 sites · RVs, Tents2 acres · Springfield, MO
We live on a small paradise covering 2 acres. We have plenty of space for 33' foot campers, tents, vans, etc. Our backyard has been designed to accommodate families and the single nomads. We are a small hobby farm with a dog, chickens, a small fruit orchard, vineyard, and garden!! On the north end of the property we created a playground with a jungle gym, swings, trampoline, playhouses, outside polyjohn/toilet, and a 16' pool. This property is pet friendly but be warned we do have a large dog (very friendly)! We have power to support smaller 20amp campers with water and a dump station. An outdoo shower will be available in July 2024.
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B Berry Farms & Co.

15 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents42 acres · Elkland, MO
Would you like to try something different than your everyday routine? Well, then come on out to a little place in the country to unplug, unwind, or just enjoy life that's all around you. Our little spot is called B Berry Farms and Co. We are a 40-acre family U-Pick Berry farm and 24-hour Campground with 5 RV spots with 20 amp or 30 amp electricity your choice. And we are right in the heart of the Missouri Ozarks with over 4,000 you-pick Berry bushes (and fresh produce in 24' )covering, 7 acres we have something for almost everyone. If you want cleaner health products in your life then we can help you with that as well, We are also a natural skin care product manufacturer. Either Bonding by the wood-fired stove in our bunkhouse or cuddling up in the chairs outside enjoying hot cocoa as it snows. Just looking off into the distance and seeing the sun setting with bursting colors over the rows and rows of berries. Experience a darker night sky than most are used to. Or walk the many acres of colored coated diverse trails, enjoy 2 horseshoes pitching areas, pick delicious berries, throw axes at a log target, swing on several adult swings, play an intense game of pool on our table, climb a 12-foot high wall, enjoy our 10' bouncing net hanging from the ceiling, play in the many sandboxes, sweat out a game with a 35' professional Volleyball net (ball provided)and badminton(we have rackets and birdies), play in the water cube as it sprays in all directions or our new WATERPARK play area ( 95' kids Zipline, 9'x9' colored swing net, 2 swings, 14' fireman's pole, monkey bars, rock climbing walls) and so many more things to do. Hot showers,and 2 solar heated shower houses (seasonal frost to frost), 2 restrooms, hand washing station, and hand laundry tube. We sell farm fresh eggs, and baked goods(homemade breads, cinnamon rolls, cookies, muffins, and many fresh seasonal vegetables as well picked to order.
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D'Ranch at Clearwater

10 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents40 acres · Gravois Mills, MO
D'Ranch at Clearwater is a small, 40 acre hobby farm located on the north side of the Lake of the Ozarks in Central Missouri. What started as a simple love of backyard chickens has now become a dream farm for Tracey Durant and her husband Theodore. Nestled in the valley between two forest covered hillsides, and running adjacent to Clearwater Creek on the east and the lake on the south, D'Ranch could not have been a more perfect location for the Durants to plant their roots and get their feet wet. While they continue their love of backyard chickens with their small egg and hatchery operation know as HeebyJeeby Chickens, they have expanded their interests to an array of friendly farm animals including horses, cows, pigs, goats, sheep, ducks, and an occasional turkey or two. 
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Sawmill Hollow Creek

2 sites · RVs, Tents54 acres · Warsaw, MO
Campsite - A private 1.5 acre campsite with a firepit (and plenty of wood to burn in it) and direct access to the Lake of the Ozarks. The campsite connects to a 1-mile trail around the perimeter of the 54-acre property. Guests have access to several kayaks for enjoyment of a secluded inlet of the lake. RV site - We also provide an RV hook-up site completely separate from the campsite with access to the mentioned amenities (trail, kayaks, canoe, paddleboat, etc.). See photos for directions to the sites and a map of the perimeter trail.
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River Bluff Woods

1 site · RV, Tent25 acres · Buffalo, MO
Many generations of Native American tribes made these Ozark Mountain river bluffs home, long before settlers came from the east. Listen to the music of the wildlife or play your own music in this remote peaceful paradise.Learn more about this land: Firewood is provided! Camp in a peaceful setting above the Niangua River under the canopy of tall oak trees. Enjoy 25 acres of complete privacy and seclusion! It's a pretty steep trail from the campsite down to the banks of the river, and then a short trail to the canoe put-in spot where a 3-person canoe awaits. Contact me for flexible check in/out times.
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Peaceful Tent Camping

2 sites · Tents20 acres · Dixon, MO
Learn more about this land:We offer a peaceful setting with a wonderful lake view. You can fish for crappie, bass, catfish, blue gil, goggleye and perch. Take a hike around the farm and maybe see some cows and wildlife. Or sit around a camp fire telling stories and enjoying the stars.
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Highland Hills in Warsaw

4 sites · Lodging, Tents16 acres · Warsaw, MO
Our property is on a hill overlooking the Lake of the Ozarks. We have 4 Katahdin hair sheep that mow some of our acreage for us. They are very friendly and would love for you to come scratch them through the fence! If we're around, we can bring out some grain for you to feed them by hand as a treat. :) In addition to our sheep we see lots of deer, pelicans, herons, turtles, rabbits, and foxes around our property. If you're willing to brave the overgrowth you're welcome to kayak or fish from our property. Warsaw also offers many fishing and boating put ins within a few miles from our home, as well as an extensive network of walking, hiking, and mountain biking trails. Lost Valley Hatchery is just across the water from us, and we're only a few miles from Truman State Park.
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Canvas Tent in Private Woodland

1 site · Tent5 acres · Willard, MO
Get ready for "scout camp" energy at Camp Fernweh, perched uphill amidst a mix of hardwoods and junipers! Picture yourself surrounded by the whispering leaves of shagbark hickory, sturdy oaks, and the bursts of color from vibrant redbuds. 
If the season’s right, you'll find pockets of wild black raspberries and gooseberries waiting to be discovered. Take to winding trails that span our 5 acres, inviting leisurely exploration or spirited adventures. We currently have one 13' canvas tent with 2 "bring your own tent" sites in the making. 
Despite being conveniently close to your car, our campsites exude a sense of privacy and seclusion, just far enough away to feel like you hiked to get to your perfect spot! 

Being good to Mother Earth is at the heart of what we do. We prioritize sustainability with a newly constructed outhouse featuring a composting toilet, ensuring your comfort while respecting the environment.
 Our inspiration for Camp Fernweh is the "sleep-away scout camps" we never got to attend. Workshops, campfire book chats and simple camping are what we do best! Check out our website to see if we have an event going on during your stay. Camp Fernweh, just 15 minutes north of Springfield off Hwy 13, offers easy access to outdoor adventures! Within 5-10 minutes, you'll find Ozark Greenways for cycling and walking, 2 mountain biking parks, and hiking spots in conservation areas. Don't miss the nearby Frisco Highline Trail in Willard, MO, along with convenient grocers. Plus, Fantastic Caverns and Crystal Cave are just minutes away for added exploration!
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The best camping near Bennett Spring State Park guide

Overview

About

Each year, when Bennett Spring State Park opens for trout fishing season on March 1, Bennett Spring State Park fills with anglers as excited as Black Friday shoppers. Other times of year, the scene is much more relaxed. The stocked river is the focal point of this mid-Missouri park, but campers can enjoy a range of activities, including paddling and hiking. The surrounding hills rising above the river valley remind visitors they are in the Missouri Ozarks, providing an epic landscape to explore. Accommodations include cabin rentals, a lodge, and several campgrounds, with various amenities.

Notable Camping Spots

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Missouri State Parks take reservations up to 12 months in advance.
  2. Use the Missouri State Parks website or phone number to make reservations.
  3. This popular park needs to be booked well in advance for the March trout fishing opener, as well as holidays and fall weekends.
  4. Each of the five campgrounds has varied dates for when the campground is open, when reservations are offered, and when water and showers are available. Check the website for specific details.
  5. This park offers basic, electric, and full hookup sites. Electric sites are electric only, with water spigots and dump stations available in the park.

When to go

March is one of the most popular times, as anglers are eager to toss a line after the long winter season, but camping reservations may be the hardest to snag, particularly for March 1. Early spring is chilly, but temperatures warm in April and May. The summer months may be hotter and more humid, with the waters of the Niangua River offering a refreshing break. Fall is particularly scenic, as the surrounding hills erupt with color. One campground is open through the winter, providing limited services. Campers need to prepare for cold temperatures and occasional bouts of snow.

Know before you go

  • The seven-mile Natural Tunnel Trail is a rugged adventure, leading to an impressive natural tunnel.
  • A variety of shorter trails are also offered, with scenic backgrounds.
  • An onsite restaurant is located in a historic 1930s lodge built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
  • The Niangua River is popular for float trips during the summer, with paddling, canoeing, and rafting. 
  • While there’s no swimming access directly in Bennett Spring State Park, other local public access points are found nearby.
  • The town of Lebanon offers restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and other services.

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