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Green Acres at Red Brick Farmhouse

6 sites 路 Lodging185 acres 路 Higginsville, MO
The proprietors of Red Brick Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast, 鈥楢in't She Cute' and Green Acres at Red Brick Farmhouse RV and Campsites are Annette Meinershagen Dittmer and also on the broom closet staff is her husband, Kenton Dittmer. After working in several restaurants and becoming a Home Economics teacher, she came to the realization that she loved teaching Foods. Annette gained much inspiration from her mother and father in developing her gift for hospitality; preparing and serving meals for events and parties over the years. Along with her husband, Kenton, (a very talented building contractor) they have done much renovating of their 100 year old prairie style home and their original restaurant, Red Shanty BBQ and Roadside Cafe, located in Higginsville. Since opening the restaurant in 2008 Annette wanted to fulfill her dream of running a Bed and Breakfast, so in 2015 the venture began. In 2016 she added 鈥楢in鈥檛 She Cute鈥 and the RV and camping sites. Annette and Kenton, natives of Higginsville, live on the property. A quiet country retreat nestled in the picturesque rural outskirts of Higginsville, Missouri. Our yard consists of 3 acres of a 180-acre farm in which we have three RV sites with water and electric hookups, two camping sites and one on-site travel trailer. Wifi is available at all sites, except for Site 3. Green Acres at Red Brick Farm is located just 50 miles east of Kansas City off of I-70 at Exit 49. Once you are off of I-70 your drive is less than 8 minutes away on all blacktop roads. At Exit 49 there is also a Pilot Station for RV fuel ups. Site 1 is on gravel with 30 amp hookup and water, preferably best for RV鈥檚 and trailers 25鈥 and under. Site 2 and Site 3 are on gravel with a 20/30/50 amp hookup and water, best suited for larger RV鈥檚 and trailers. We would prefer your travel trailer or RV length to be 35鈥 or under. You may choose your site location, but due to the small amount of sites we have we may have to alter your choice. This is so we can accommodate our guests in the best way possible, depending on the size of each rig. If you are towing a vehicle or pulling a trailer your total length should be 55鈥 or under. We will not accept Triple Axels. Site 4 and site 5 are for tents, pop ups, very tiny trailers and are in flexible locations. A 20 amp standard outlet can be provided for site 4 and site 5. For your use is a shower, toilet, and bathroom sink in our farmhouse basement. Please arrive before dusk, so you don鈥檛 disturb other campers. Site 6 Is the on-site travel trailer, 鈥楢in鈥檛 She Cute鈥. No Pets are allowed when reserving 鈥楢in鈥檛 She Cute鈥. The vintage style travel trailer is completely renovated and decorated with collectibles and antiques and is available for booking. It is furnished with a queen size bed, tiny kitchen, TV, wifi, and full size, not trailer size, bathroom. The trailer is for 2 guests, but an additional guest may sleep on the daybed, preferably a child or a small adult. There is an additional fee if you reserve 鈥楢in鈥檛 She Cute鈥. Contact Annette for rates. We live onsite in our 1920鈥檚 Prairie Style home which is also Red Brick Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast with three Guest Rooms available for booking. To find out more about our other lodging choices, contact us at Red Shanty Cafe in Higginsville, Missouri. At your disposal, is the use of our outdoor furniture, a large yard to walk around in, a fire pit, a BBQ grill, and even a tire swing. You are welcome to take a stroll along the winding country road or sit and relax and view the landscape with our dozens of mature shade trees, and surrounding row crop fields and pastures. Our restaurant, Red Shanty Cafe and BBQ, is located in the town of Higginsville, about 5 miles from Red Brick Farmhouse. Red Shanty Cafe is open Weds and Thurs, 11am - 8 pm and Fri and Sat, 11am - 9pm. There is also a great little breakfast diner, called Michelle鈥檚 Place located just 3 miles from the Farmhouse in Mayview, Missouri. Interested in sightseeing we are a short drive from Confederate State Park, Missouri Veteran's Cemetery, and several Civil War sites. In addition to historic sites, numerous of Missouri's finest wineries and orchards are just a 10 to 30 minute drive from our location. You may also want to take a drive or ride on the Old Trails Scenic Byway, Route 24 for a car or motorcycle tour that will reset your pace from city life. We truly hope you enjoy midwest living when visiting Green Acres at Red Brick Farmhouse. For the skilled driver of a RV or travel trailer, going around our circle driveway has not been a problem. We have witnessed a 55 foot truck and travel trailer combination do it with ease. When departing your stay please go slow, swing wide and stay on the gravel. Also have your companion help guide you around the circle drive. More about the farm: Our quiet country retreat, in the picturesque rural outskirts of Higginsville, Missouri, has been in our family for four generations. Currently farming the land has been minimized just to row crops, but there was a time when there was a team consisting of a mule, named Jamie and horse, named Dan that tilled the soil for the crops. There were milk cows and the generations before me used a separator for the cream and milk. They had pigs, chickens, and another horse named Clipper that my mother road to school. They had several vegetable and fruit gardens and even planted peanuts. There are remnants of the old buildings that once stood on the farm. The old chicken house foundation is located near the current fire pit and a hand dug well is covered by an old tractor tire we use for our compost. The small shed in the back corner of the yard was once a pump house, a playhouse, then a chicken house and now a Junque house. There once was a barn, a silo, a feed lot, an outhouse, and a hog shed. There were old tires, iron wheels, brick piles, and a gas tank on stilts. There was a screened in porch, beautiful hydrangeas and still a wonderful front porch. There were lots and lots of large pecan and walnut trees. At one point there were over 60 wonderful shade trees in the yard. We have lost some, but still enjoy many of the trees my grandfather planted. My mother, her siblings and parents moved here in the early years of WWII. During that period of time her brother died flying over Germany fighting for us. Our children lived all their grade school and high school years in this Red Brick Farmhouse. Some winters were so terribly cold in this old house it was almost miserable. I love this old house and it is truly been a labor of love. Again, Thank you, Kenton and Annette
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Big River Ranch

8 sites 路 RVs, Tents1600 acres 路 Lexington, MO
At Big River Ranch, you'll always find something to do. From fishing to enjoying the 20 miles of riding trails the Ranch has to offer you'll never get tired of it. - Enjoy views of the Missouri River from the 100 foot elevation of the bluffs. - Over 20 miles of horse riding and UTV trails. - Diverse habitat of deciduous forests, cedars, and pines, wildflowers, ponds, streams, and rolling hills.
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Selby Farm Horse Retirement

10 sites 路 RVs, Tents75 acres 路 Wooldridge, MO
Summary: Easy access from I-70 Great views. Usually very quiet except for wildlife sounds Portapottie at both camping areas Great star viewing. Excellent conditions for pets Hosts live nearby and are good communicators via text or phone. Hosts can direct you to several local attractions and shopping options. Hosts are happy to take questions before, during, or after your stay. Narrative about Selby Farm: Selbys have lived on this 75 acre farm since 1990. Doug and Brenda are retired from teaching at nearby public schools. Our Farm is now dedicated to boarding retired horses for their owners. Feel free to review the Selby Farm Horse Retirement webpage if you are a horse fan. We encourage you to visit our business website where you will see more farm pictures, videos, and where you will learn more about us. We practice rotational grazing for the health of the horses and the health of our pastures. The horses live in a herd as they would in the wild. Basically, they are hanging out with their friends! They also get regular care and feed and so are VERY happy. You will see and probably interact with the horses if you wish. They are guaranteed to come closer if you have treats like carrots and apples slices. Our quiet county road used to be the main road along the river. A hundred years ago it was called "Shanty Road". The shacks that were along it housed workers that harvested food from farms in the river bottom. The only evidence of those shacks now is perrenial flowers growing in unusual places. The area is inhabited by professionals working in nearby towns and cities. In fact there are only five homes along our 1.5 mile section of Copps Chapel Road. The native Americans who used this area did so because of the great diversity of wildlife and availability of water. Also the view is amazing in all directions. Was using this ridge top encampment for security, or just because the view is so satisfying? The Missouri River is on the far side of the bottoms now, but has been very close historically. There is also a large spring flowing from a cave nearby. Witness the flint chips when you walk through our barn lot. You are likely to see a broken stone tool that was once worked on by a native American. These river hills are composed of soils blown in from the end of the last ice age. Being near the river, erosion has cut down the surrounding area making the scenic topography associated with Missouri River valleys and river hills.
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Harmony Lake Farm Park & Playground

30 sites 路 RVs, Tents45 acres 路 Wellington, MO
Harmony Lake welcomes you to our Farm. We are proud to be a registered member of Missouri Agritourism. Agritourism connects our guests with the great outdoors via Farm Stay. We hope you enjoy your stay at Harmony Lake Farm. We are walking distance to Harmony Lake: a private 12-acre lake for fishing, swimming and paddle boats. Our lake is home to record large-mouth bass and Missouri's longest free-floating walkway leading to a private island. We are located just 15-minutes from the highway and one hour to sites and attractions of Kansas City. We are 15-minutes to Lexington historic district or Odessa. We have a variety of tent and RV sites for your party to choose from so just reach out if you would like clarification on anything. Campfires and pets are allowed and all sites have access to bathrooms, a shower, bins, and an outdoor grill house.
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Green Goat Cottage

1 site 路 Lodging40 acres 路 Fayette, MO
The cozy cottage has thick walls; windows; wood stove; window air conditioner; electricity; hot/cold water; full kitchen with large refrigerator, electric stove/oven, double sink, and dishware; bathroom with full tub/shower, sink, compost toilet and washing machine. The upstairs has two bedrooms - one with two extra long twin beds that can be joined as king size (bedding supplied). Bring your queen air mattress or sleeping bags for the other bedroom. Access to upstairs is a firmly fixed leaning ladder. There are fields and ponds to explore. An outdoor fire pit is available for those cool nights under the stars. If you want bring your horses there is a fenced area for boarding and water available. You may park trailer on property. Extra $10 @ night per horse. Numerous Conservation Areas within 15 to 30 minutes with multiple trails, lakes and more.
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Treloar Ranch

8 sites 路 RVs, Tents28 acres 路 Bates City, MO
We can鈥檛 wait to welcome you to Treloar Ranch. We have 28 beautiful acres for you to enjoy. RV electric and water hookups are available towards the back of our property. Enjoy the evening sitting under a tree lit with lanterns and a fire pit. You will have a view of our horses and donkey in the pasture with a sunset backdrop. Come enjoy the peaceful country not far from the major highways!
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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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Farm Land. Full RV Hookup.

2 sites 路 RVs3 acres 路 Odessa, MO
Nestled in a tranquil farmland surrounded by lovely cows and horses, our location offers serenity and convenience. About a 5-minute drive from I-70, our property is ideal for commuters to retreat after a long work day. Our secluded and private camper spots at the back of our property are perfect for extended stays. Site #1 is available for a minimum of 29 nights, while site #2 is available for a minimum of 14 nights. If you are looking for a monthly rate, please message us! Electricity 50AMP, water, and sewage hookups are included in the nightly rate. IMPORTANT NOTE: 鉃★笍 Our pavilion requires a maximum camper height of 11' 3". If your camper is taller than this, YOUR CAMPER WILL NOT FIT! However, if your camper is taller than this, we can make an exception to allow you to park in an uncovered spot on our property; please give us a heads-up so we can plan accordingly. 猬咃笍 Come and experience the perfect balance of peacefulness and convenience with us! In this tranquil countryside setting, we hope you feel relaxed and rejuvenated. Just behind the pavilion, there is a beautiful flower field and garden featuring native Missouri wildflowers. Additionally, there is a walking path with benches and rocking chairs for guests to enjoy. During the summer, we welcome hundreds of monarch butterflies and observe them as they hatch and take flight! Most evenings, you will find friendly chickens roaming around. We would be delighted to share our little slice of countryside with you! Please reach out if we can answer any questions for you!
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Old Goat Farm

1 site 路 Tent5 acres 路 Bates City, MO
Learn more about this land:Pitch a tent in our pasture with our cute friendly goats and enjoy a panoramic view of the countryside. Or, if you prefer, RV camping is available close to the main road. there is one 30 amp hook up available with water no sewer. We are a small goat dairy with chickens and ducks and lots of wildlife with a peaceful countryside to enjoy. Campers are welcome to join in with farm chores and activities or just sit back and enjoy the peace and quiet.
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The best camping near Van Meter State Park guide



While scenery and outdoor recreation serve as focal points at many state parks, Van Meter has those and a fascinating history, as well. This park preserves remnants of a Native American village located along the Missouri River. The onsite Missouri鈥檚 American Indian Cultural Center tells the story of several tribes through displays and interpretive programs. After a robust history lesson, head outside to find hiking trails, which cross through marshlands and woodlands and past historic sites, including earthen mounds. An 18-acre lake provides a scenic spot for fishing, boating, and paddling.

Notable Camping Spots

  • Best for privacy: Van Meter Campground鈥檚 sites on the outer side of the loop offer the most privacy.
  • Best for big rigs: Van Meter Campground has a handful of sites with 50-amp hookups.
  • Best for novice campers: Van Meter Campground offers several pull-thru sites, making it easy to park your rig.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. The campground consists of a small loop of just over 20 sites. The outside sites back into the woodlands and offer the most privacy.
  2. Reservations may be made up to 12 months in advance; however, this park may have walk-up sites regularly available.
  3. Reservations may be made on the Missouri State Park phone line or website.
  4. The campground is open year round, with reservations available April 15 through October 31.
  5. Water and showers are available April 15 through October 31.聽
  6. This park has basic and electric campsites. No water or sewer hookups are available.

When to go

With year-round camping and the indoor cultural center, this park is a year-round destination. Fall is especially scenic, as the landscapes will pop with color, peaking in October. Spring and fall alternate between chilly days and pleasant ones, while summer is more predictable, with highs sometimes topping the 90s. If camping in winter, go prepared for occasional freezing temperatures and precip, as well as limited onsite facilities.

Know before you go

  • Campsites do not have sewer hookups, nor is there an onsite dump station.聽
  • Sites 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13 may be flooded or muddy after heavy rains.
  • Kayak and canoe rentals are offered at the camp store.
  • Grand Pass Conservation Area is nearby and located directly on the Missouri River.
  • The small town of Marshall is 15 minutes away, offering shopping, restaurants, entertainment, and more.
  • Due to the wetlands, mosquitoes may flourish, especially in summer months.

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