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The best camping near Mark Twain State Park

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

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Double Hearts Ranch

6 sites 路 RVs, Tents8 acres 路 Monroe City, MO
Welcome to Double Hearts Ranch, in Monroe City, Missouri! Are you looking for a more private camping experience or small event location a mile from Mark Twain Lake? The ranch's 8 acre is a unique place to do just that along with the ability to interact and learn about rare breeds of horses. Full-hooks for RV and tent campers. Close to horse trails and Spalding Beach, it is a quiet and charming spot to refresh and relax, or host an event.
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Booked 1 time

Salty Cedar

4 sites 路 RVs, Tents6 acres 路 Center, MO
Salty Cedar is located next to Mark Twain Lake. There are many thing to do around and on M. T. Lake (boating, fishing, beach, water park, hick, marina and much more). We are just off highway J for easy access campground and only a couple minutes from all main Lake attractions. With out 4 camp sites on property it will be a quite and welcoming.
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Peno Creek Campground

10 sites 路 RVs, Tents1 acre 路 Frankford, MO
Peno Creek Campground offers an acre and a half of peaceful, serene countryside overlooking the Peno Creek. We offer primitive camping and RV camping. There are no hookups. Firewood available upon request. There are fire pits available with stairwell access to sit down next to the creek while you enjoy
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PeaceTree Farms

17 sites 路 Lodging, Tents153 acres 路 Eolia, MO
PeaceTree Farms is a charming Event Venue, Organic Farm and Outdoor Resort. Hosting everything from weddings, fall and holiday festivals to off-grid camping. Our 153 acre farm has been in our family since the 1970's and has been generally preserved as a wildlife and conservation farm. Your hosts, Katie and Steve are excited to share PeaceTree Farms with fellow nature lovers and outdoor adventurers.
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The Grove at North River Ranch

7 sites 路 Lodging2200 acres 路 Shelbyville, MO
Settle into The Grove at North River Ranch, a lovely glampground on our 2200 acre working regenerative ranch. Look out on the pond, under the shade of oak, maple and honey locusts. Hike a trail through forested paths, around beautiful wide pastures. Look for protected birds on our Audubon Certified property, and observe deer, fox, beavers and other wildlife in their natural, balanced environment. Enjoy quiet, restful sleep in furnished platform tents with quality linens and handcrafted quilts under beautiful, unobstructed starry skies.
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Maya Creek

5 sites 路 RVs, Tents310 acres 路 Fulton, MO
310 Acre Oak woodland forest sanctuary. This property is run as a conservancy and land trust with a board of directors. Trish & Cameron are land stewards and caretakers as well as managing the camping. We are Leftie Hippie Punk Burners. We are artists, postal carriers and permaculture farmers and natural builders. We believe in BLM, and are LGBTQIA ourselves as well as allies and support all people and critters and nature and are intolerant of hate and mysogeny. We love providing a safe beautiful place in the woods for anyone who needs it. The woods are beautiful, there's a few spots cleared for camping and there are trails to hike, a composting toilet, and not too far from the highway, but far enough you can't hear it. We have a fire pit, hammock and picnick tables for you to use if you like. We love meeting people and we also respect mutual privacy. We live off grid but have some power enough to charge your phone should you need it. We have WiFi but please bring your own drinking water. We have a small Berkey for drinking water here but its best you bring your own. We are in process of installing some outdoor showers and more tiny houses. We are a place in progress and we live here (so there may be projects in progress) and so does the wildlife and that includes ticks. We have a dog, cat, chickens, and abundant wildlife and please consider this PRIMITIVE CAMPING. We look forward to meeting you and thanks for visiting!
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J & S campsite

1 site 路 RV1 acre 路 Huntsville, MO
26 hookups with 2-20 amp, 1-30amp and 1-50 amp on each pole. Everything is below ground: Electric, water and sewer. $425 per month!! 7 miles from Thomas Hill, warm waters and 4 miles from Thomas Hill Power Plant Great place to relax & explore! Great wooded area. Or cemetery to walk through! Come camp with us!
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Turtle Hill

1 site 路 RV14 acres 路 Mexico, MO
We are a small hobby Farm with some goats and sheep. Several chickens. Dogs and cats. We have 14 acres half wooded half pasture. We live right there on the property as well. Quiet area. Great place to stop along your journey. Pets are welcome, there is a play structure and sand box for the littles.
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Wooded Escape

6 sites 路 Tents50 acres 路 Sturgeon, MO
Where else can you have 50 acres of woods, all to yourself? Owned since the early 1970s, we just love this property for its quiet serene atmosphere and thought we'd share its beauty with others. It's hard to find a secluded place to relax in anymore and escape the crowds. So come and enjoy! Learn more about this land: You can park in the driveway, then hike around and聽set up a secluded tent campsite anywhere on our 50 acres of wooded land. The site listing numbers you see on this map are simply for general reference, you can camp anywhere you please. Also, the only vehicle access is the driveway and large open field you see on the map here. Folks with roof top tents or campers or RV's can set up camp anywhere in this field, along the edge of the聽woods. The remaining acreage is heavily wooded and hilly聽with creeks running through. At this time, vehicles cannot penetrate the woods. Pinnacle Park is a simple walk聽down the road/hill from our land. You can have fun hiking, splashing in the creek, playing in the sand and rock climbing at聽the Pinnacle's. Pinnacle Park also has nice shelters for picnics with fireplaces and restrooms. We offer a water hydrant on our land, but no electric or bathrooms.
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The best camping near Mark Twain State Park guide



Named for Missouri鈥檚 iconic author, Mark Twain State Park has two focal points: the gorgeous waters of Mark Twain Lake and the Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site. One provides recreational activities, while the other tells the story of this notable author. Tour the small museum to see the cabin where Mark Twain was born, among other artifacts, before setting out for adventures on, in, or around the lake. Turn the page for more adventure amid the rugged woodlands and lakeside hills. Three campground loops and a set of cabins provide onsite accommodations.

Notable campgrounds

Notable Camping Spots

  • Best for water access: The Puma Campground is located closest to the lake.
  • Best for privacy: The Coyote Campground has a mix of large basic and electric sites, with vegetation providing separation between many sites.
  • Best for classic park camping: The Badger Campground has 25 back-in, electric sites, perfect for RVs or tents.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. The campgrounds are open year round, with reservations available March 1 through November 30, offering a longer season than most of the other state parks in Missouri.
  2. Water spigots and showerhouses are only open April 15 through October 31, with one frost-free spigot provided during the off-season.
  3. Family campsites are available in the Puma Campground, with two camping pads and shared yards and amenities.
  4. Reservations may be made up to 12 months in advance on the Missouri State Parks website or by phone.
  5. Basic campsites do not have hookups. Electric sites offer 30-amp, with a handful of 50-amp sites available in the Puma Campground.

When to go

Thanks to the generous lake access, Mark Twain State Park is busiest through the summer months. Summers are hot and humid in Missouri, making a swim in the lake a refreshing activity. Spring offers pleasant temperatures for lake activities, other than swimming. Fall is a scenic time, as the colors reach their peak in October. Winter is the slow season, with occasional freezing temperatures and precip. Ice fishing is not allowed on the park lakes. In November and December, the park may partially close for managed deer hunts.

Know before you go

  • The 18,000-acre Mark Twain Lake abounds with bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass, and more for fishing.
  • A smaller four-acre lake is good for small children or for those who prefer to fish from the shore.
  • A swim beach is available, with onsite changing facilities.
  • The park also offers six camper cabins, with electricity and heat and air. They do not have restrooms or water.
  • Five hiking trails take visitors through varied woodlands and along the lake.
  • Take a day trip to the town of Hannibal, which inspired many of Twain鈥檚 most famous works. A number of historic sites and tourist attractions celebrate the author.

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