Trout fishing is the big draw here. It is an extremely popular park and people come from all over the midwest to stay here. We don't fish, but really enjoyed hiking the trails, and watching the fishermen. It is one of the few parks in Missouri where the restaurant is open during the week during the fishing season-- March 1- Oct 31, so that was a bonus for us. As other reviewers have pointed out, Loop 1 is near the river, with Loops 2 and 3 further up a large hill, and Loops 4 and 5 even higher and further up the hill. The full hookups are in loop 1, and are reserved well in advance. We stayed in loop 5, which is all first come, first served. It had some nice, private sites, but the restroom in this loop had not been remodeled, as had the ones in the other loops. In our loop wi-fi was available but so slow we abandoned trying to use it. The park is immaculately maintained, and the nature center was interesting. The dining lodge was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), along with some of the pavilions and the river gauge. Bennett Spring itself was beautiful, with a flow of over 100 million gallons a day. Our rate reflects electric only hookup, and a $2 resident disability discount. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a gem of a place! The campsites are level and quiet. It is a beautiful location and lodge has a great restaurant. The campground hosts were friendly and helpful. We will be back! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is our first time here, and we were very surprised that it was as nice as it is. Beautiful area, very clean, and well laid out. We have a 39ft. motorhome and there is a very narrow and scary bridge coming in, but there is another entrance up the hill on Hwy 64. We were here in November so the water was turned off, but everything was there. We will return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I have stayed at Bennett Springs State Park campground for years now and have always enjoyed the place. There are 5 different campgrounds but we stayed in campground 1 where all sites are full hookups with concrete pads. Campgrounds 2 thru 5 are located on top of a steep hill and sit in the trees. They are nice campgrounds as well, but only offer 30 amp service with no water or sewer. There are places to fill your holding tanks and the dump station in nicely located and easily accessible. If you wish to stay in campground one I would advise you to plan ahead and make a reservation since this campground stays pretty full during the summer. The trout fishing is excellent as are the play grounds, hiking trails and pool. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We camped here for the weekend. We came for the trout fishing and stayed at Campground 4. The campground is very nice and clean. All facilities are in excellent working order and very clean. The sites are a little bit on the small side and somewhat cramped together. We were a little disappointed that campground 4 was so far away from the fishing area. We had to drive to the spring as it was too far to walk. Campground 1 seems like a better choice for those interested in fishing. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Beautiful park: we come here twice a year, spring and fall. On of my favorites. The sites are big and almost always level. Very clean. Great lodge for breakfast but I haven't had any other meals here. Also, I have used the rental cabins here too. Those were very nice but rather pricey. The trout hatchery is very neat. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This review is for Campground 4. It is up a steep hill and in the woods. Roads and sites are asphalt. There are both level and unlevel sites. Sites are electric only. It is a very rustic area. We hadn't made reservations and couldn't get a site in Campground 1 which is full hookups and where most big rigs stay. It is more park like with paved sites, grass and a few trees. I would give Campground 1 a considerably higher rating than Campground 4. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Spent only one night, but from our observations this is a great, clean park. The staff was friendly and helpful. Our corner site was a level concrete pad surrounded by grass. Plan to return in future to explore further. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The pads are concrete and very level. There was plenty of room to park a motorhome, dolly and car. The staff was very helpful. They spent considerable time trying to find us a site to extend our stay. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The only reason that we did not give this park an excellent rating is because of the park hosts. There are to many of them. They visit only with each other. They are snippy if you ask a question or request printed material. I asked for the location of a coin laundry and no one could tell me or offer where I could get the information. The host in site 117 across from us had a tail gate party several evenings and was very loud. I asked them after 10:30 to please adhere to the quite hour rules and was met with blank stares. They continued to party another hour after my request. It is difficult to get a reservation in area 1 and we counted over 8 host spots being occupied. They fished and visited with each other but we could see no other results of having so many hosts in one area. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I agree. There are way to many host that do nothing but get in your face for every small thing. I am no longer going back and have gone for many years. The staff is really bad and unhappy. They treat the guest like they are a bother and they are the only ones there. I guess they get free camping for the summer so why do they care? i would go to roaring river if you have kids. Better trails and much nicer staff. The dinning lodge has terrible food and the trout you catch taste really bad. A really picture perfect place but not worth going too because of the staff. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 6 / 10 ]
We enjoyed a peaceful if not wet long weekend at Bennett Springs. The park was much larger than I thought it would be. We camped in loop number 1 in site 124. We made our reservations online and really thought the website indicated water would be on March 1. Although water in the campground was on, the individual sites didn't have water available until April 15. The volunteer at the front was a little snippy about that, so he must have heard more complaints other than ours. Sites in loop 1 are within walking distance of the river. They are the only full hook up sites so there is only one restroom in that area. Not one restroom building, but actually one restroom. Campsites in 2-5 are not within walking distance of the river and are up a pretty large hill. Those sites are wooded and more private. Sites in loop 1 are more open, but there were still several trees. Wireless is now available in the restaurant and they have a table set up in the "shop" area that will make it comfortable. I tried using the laptop from the car in the parking lot but didn't get a strong enough signal. The fishing was good, the kids had a blast and the campground was fun! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The new RV campsites were perfectly level, spacious, and had the best full hookup facilities we have ever used. Missouri State Parks do things right. Beautiful setting with trout fishing, hiking trails and a huge, well-maintained, well-staffed swimming pool. Fun, fun park store. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Great park! You need reservations. This place is busy during the summer and is full. If you have big rig stay in campground one. It has been rebuilt and opens for 2008. Usually the men go fly fishing while the ladies and kids go swimming. If you don't have big rig, the other campgrounds are nice too, but are not as level. Staff is friendly, restrooms and showers are clean. I would have given it a ten except it was very dry and dusty due to the dry weather. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We'd rate this a "10" if the 35-ft lots had been 40 feet. (Some lots are larger). It's in a beautiful river valley in the Ozarks with a crystal clear, spring-fed stream running through it. There is a state-operated fish hatchery on-site and they release trout into the stream. Fishing is the main activity with many families catching their limit every day. There is a large camp store, educational nature center, playground, and 2-4 mile hiking trails. The full-hookup campground is brand new, on a meadow near the stream. The electric-only sites are on a mature forest hilltop nearby. Canoe trips are offered by the park. Access roads are paved and sites are concrete with table and fire ring. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
A nice campground centered around trout fishing. Only one campground is withing walking distance to the streams...this one has full hook-ups (#1) which is currently undergoing rennovations. The other campgrounds are up a sttep and long hill. No real playground equipment at the campgrounds themselves but a nice one down by the stream. Nice restaurant but the food is not good and service awful. Best of the Missouri trout parks to catch fish. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Nice campgrounds. Campground #1 is all RV pull-thru sites. We stayed in Campground #3
which shares a showerhouse/restroom with CG #2. SH & RR were older, but clean. The sites were nice and shady and situated in a way that you had a feeling of privacy from your neighbor. Paved pad, graveled picnic area and firepit. Was a little dusty around the table and firepit, but generally grassy. Campground #4 had newer more modern SH/RR and next time we want to stay in that one. Campground #5 appeared to be much more wooded. The spring and trout hatchery were neat places to visit and the pool was really refreshing ( clean, although in need of a facelift) on a hot July day. Although neither of these attractions are within walking distance from the campgrounds. They were refurbishing and remodeling the cabins and lodging area while we were there. They have a restaurant which we saw, but did not dine in. They also have a nice park store with many staples, souvenirs, fishing accessories along with ice cream treats, snacks and fountain soda. Lots of fishing going on here, most campsites were vacated by 7:00 am until late in the aftenoon due to so many fisher-families there! One of the better Missouri State parks in our experience, very family-oriented and safe. These campgrounds go back quite some time, though they have updated and maintained them. I camped there 40 years ago as a child. We camped here in a Tent.
[ 7 / 10 ]
It was a typical state park. It needed some tree
trimming, but I was able to navigate the park in a 12' high rig. Sites were clean, but not all were very level. Park only had 5 motorhomes--most were tents, tent trailers & trailers. Not a bad stopover. We camped here in a camper.
Difficult to find; GPS couldn't find it. 7 sites among trees and grass behind a motel. The two pull throughs had tight access, difficult to get into. #5 has trees on left and tree stumps on right. It was peaceful, OK for overnight We camped here in a Motorhome.
Grass sites behind a Motel along the side of the property next to dense trees and brush. I wouldn't try to get anything over 40 ft in here. This is a passport park, but even the passport rate is high for what you get. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Rate reflects Good Sam discount. This is a very tired, old KOA in desperate need of repairs. Although the showers were clean, they were in dire need of updating. The exhaust vent(s) had not been cleaned in quite awhile. No place to set toiletries and the shower controls were difficult to operate. My wife almost burned herself in the handicap shower. Sites were not level and the roads inside the campground had washed out due to recent rains. When the office closed at 6 PM, the Wi-Fi went off! Road noise was very bad as the campground is close to the interstate. If I had a choice, I'd look for another campground before coming back. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The only downside of this campground is its proximity to the Interstate, otherwise it is quite pretty, with playground, lots of trees, and a large pond/small lake with picnic tables. We were allowed to run our dog through the "dog walk" area on an electronic leash, rather than hand-held, which was a pleasant relief from most campgrounds where we have stayed. Very friendly and helpful owners. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is an okay park for overnight stop. It's an old KOA. Sites are tight and not leveled. Very closed to I-44 and very noisy. There are a few long term residents with very old equipment. We would probably stay again for an overnight stay only. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a beautiful park. However, sites are not level. Although the park has nothing to do with this, the road noise is the worst we have ever experienced with semis hitting the rumble strips. Only used the restrooms once and they were in terrible shape. The park is located on a stretch of the original Route 66 We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Easy access off I-44. While the park is near the Highway the road noise was not bad. Nice pull thrus with tall trees through out the park. The trees did not interfere with pulling the trailer to the site. We would definitely stop here again. Wi-Fi worked great. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Rate reflects Good Sam discount. Unlevel, non-paved sites. Interior roads slightly narrow, saw one big rig with tow having trouble getting into a site. Spent one night while driving through. Advertised as having "cleanest restrooms in Missouri" (may be due to hostess only giving code to restroom if you ask for it). Would stay again for one night only since we don't tow and are not within walking distance of anything. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Campground staff was friendly. A cell phone was necessary to check in as the "working in campground" sign was always on door through most of our stay. Sites not particularly level but still usable. Road noise was quite bad with trucks hitting the rumble strip every minute or so. The second night, while using a white noise machine on a Saturday night (less truck traffic), was better but was still bad. We will not stay here again if there is another alternative. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The park is owned by the RV Dealership next door. On site management, very nice. Our stay was a travel day stay, easy on/off, hook-ups and a shower. This fit the bill. The highway runs right next to the park and is slightly elevated. We spent the entire time listening to the semi's hit the rumble strip. Check-in was efficient, directed you into the sight. Bathrooms, old but clean, one trough drain for the showers, reminded me of a state park bathroom. Tried to find the laundry, couldn't, office closes at 6pm. Lots are very close together. No cable, Wi-Fi good. I don't think I would stay here again. $28/night and listening to the rumble strip, not a good combo. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is probably OK for a one-night stop-over but the interior streets are narrow, the sites aren't really level and all roads and sites are gravel. It is only a couple hundred yards from I-40 so truck traffic noise is quite loud. The free Wi-Fi signal is satisfactory. The host was helpful and guided us to our site. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Our reservations were in order. The hosts were welcoming and escorted us to our site. Interior roads and camp sites were gravel and dirt. Some of the turns were tight for our 29 footer yet no worse than we’ve experienced in other RV parks. Our site was level and the services we used worked fine (30 amp electric, water, sewer, WiFi). The bathrooms by the office were old yet spotless and a newer bathhouse on the grounds was also very clean. The grounds are heavily treed and have a nice walking trail. The RV park is not right by retail and restaurants. We drove the short distance to Lebanon for dinner at one of our favorite catfish/barbeque places at Exit 227 off Interstate 44. In terms of road noise, we were aware of trucks and cars running over the rumble strips on Interstate 44 more than just straight road noise. The rumble strips seem to be particularly close to the edges of the driving lanes. We did not need our air conditioner on this stay. We’re thinking the road noise will be less noticeable when we do have the white noise from the air conditioner. We often travel across Interstate 44 and have added Happy Trails RV Park to our list of RV parks that are convenient overnight stops for us. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This park is next door to a RV service facility by the same name. The sites are gravel, and the narrow site we had was not close to level. There are many trees and no cable. Choose your site wisely. The staff was nice. This is a good over night stop. The highway is just across the street. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Stayed a month after a very bad experience at a non level campground near Bennett Springs Park. Very pretty. Has a lake with 3 cabins over looking it. Great place for pets. You can walk them on the trail that goes all the way around lake. Camp managers are extremely nice and helpful. They take you to your site and make sure your set up. Bathrooms, shower house and laundry rooms are very clean. Being a single woman on the road alone, safety is an issue. And definitely feel that at this place. Very easy to get to from highway, with no worries of low hanging branches. The grounds are well cared for. This place was such a pleasure after my previous campground. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This park could be very nice but needs a bunch of work. Owners were here to check us in and admitted that they were still working on the conversion from being a KOA park. Site was in the trees and quiet enough. We stayed here overnight on the way south. Has tight turns on the roads. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Stopped in just for an overnight after a long day of travel. The host were friendly and helpful, guided me to my site by golf cart. I was giving a long pull thru all the way in the back site was fine fairly level. The restrooms/showers were small but very clean. The roads thru the park are narrow and have a lot of trees close to the edge be careful after dark. The Wi-Fi works well all the way in the back, as stated by others road noise could be a problem, but that's the price you have to pay for the convince of being close to the interstate, i would recommend this place for overnight stays. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This was the lowest cost park in our 26 day journey. We stayed here five years previously when it was a KOA. Little has changed. New owners are struggling with switch from KOA to Good Sam. Bathrooms and showers were fine. Our site was tough to negotiate. We had to disconnect our tow vehicle to leave. Our friends stayed in site next to us, and they had no such problems so it varies by site. The pond is nice, and the dog run is really a dog run - NICE change of pace from the doggie stand-and-messes we've had everywhere else. Highway noise is relentless, but August in Missouri you are running your A/C full blast anyway so for an overnighter, it was passable. Trailer next to ours was a wreck and kept his sewer hose loosely placed in the cleanout just poorly enough to make our picnic area smell like his black tank. The owners of this park will have a challenge turning this into something desirable with those kinds of loose rules and low rates. This park is a stop, not a destination. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The roads are narrow and in need of repair, turns are tight even for a 35 footer, the campground is clean, but the I-44 noise is overwhelming. The people operators were nice. The campground needs some work, but they are in the process of repairing. Nice overnight area to stay, but noisy. We camped here in a Motorhome.
First time at this Koa, and I'm not sure we will stay there again. It was tight getting to site. Sites not well marked. There are lot of trees. Staff was very friendly. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Interior roads narrow and rutted. Had severe weather the night we were there. Could not get satellite to work. Needed to cut the grass/weeds around the sites. Drainage could use some work. Just off the interstate on the access road which dead ends into the campground. Some road noise. Probably would not go back here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This KOA is located directly next to the interstate. It was very noisy the entire night due to the truck traffic. The sites were shaded but access to them was tricky. It was hard to find our site in the dark because they were not clearly marked. The staff was friendly. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed one night at this park. Truthfully I didn't stay long enough to review it thoroughly. I just know that I wanted to find something "friendlier" and left the next day during bad weather. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Park is cleaned and well maintained. The Wi-Fi is available at a cost: $4 p/hr. Other than the cost of the Wi-Fi, the campground is a nice place. A little on the noisy side with I-44 near, but not unbearable. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The only negative is highway noise, but it wasn't that bad. They had a great hiking trail around the campground and a terrific pet area. The owners were very nice. I had left my 2 way radio at the desk at check in and they golf carted it to my site! They were planning to get WIFI soon. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Shady with good sized sites. Fishing pond and friendly ducks. Nice staff. Good camp
store. Close to highway, but we didn't find it too noisy. Camping cabins available. We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 9 / 10 ]
Nice, very wooded park. Sites are uniquely arranged. Was concerned because of no cable TV, very rural area-but surprisingly picked up 4 stations quite well with coach antenna. Owners very nice and helpful. Only negative is the highway noise, locaterd very close to I-40. Would definitely overnight again! We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 8 / 10 ]
A little pricey, but a nice campground...it is close to I-44 therefore it is rather noisy...other than that the staff was friendly and also a staff member led you to a your site..I like this because of all the trees...Good site..will stay there again We camped here in a Motorhome.
Stopped here on our way from Clinton MO to Tulsa OK. Only a few sites are available as most of the other sites seem to be full-time or seasonal. Check-in person was friendly. Would probably look for something closer to I-44 if in this area again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Store in front is nicely stocked, close to Bennett Spring State Park, beautiful pool, clean facilities. LP Gas and Firewood (ice too) sold at campground also. Less than 10 minutes outside of Lebanon, off I-44, and about 5 minutes from Bennett Spring State Park. Owners are very friendly and helpful. Sites are gravel with electric, water, and sewer hookups. We did have to use leveling blocks, but nothing major. There is a large tent camping area in the rear of the campground. Shower house is clean - laundry room available too. There are a lot of RV campgrounds around the area - this one is one of the best. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
You have to take a two lane country gravel road to get to it and it is very twisty, but it is worth the peaceful serenity of the campground when you get there. The RV sites are not fancy, basically a grass field with some RV sites set up with electricity and water to hook up to. Campground sponsors float trips down the Niangua river. Mostly caters to tent campers or I guess Boondockers, but I've never seen anyone do that. This is definitely a family campground. They will run rowdy drinkers off or not allow them to set up camp to start with. They have a really neat tepee setup to stay in as well. Check out the web site for more info. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Price is based on a monthly rate of $245. The restrooms and showers are very clean. Spots are narrow but they stagger where you park with in effect gives you two sites. Sites are gravel and level or close to being level. This park is 3 1/2 miles from the main entrance to Bennett Spring State Park where you can fish for trout. There are restaurants close by. We will stay here if in the area again. We camped here in a Motorhome.