Our GPS routed us off of Hwy 60 onto Hwy 103 and then through a rundown residential section. (Note: Go all the way down to Chicopee before making a turn.) So we had to make some strong turns where the roads were very narrow. The campground itself is in okay shape but has several travel trailers that appear to be there permanently. The sites are long pull thrus and are fairly narrow, but there is good spacing between them. Many of the sites on the river are already taken. The operator at check-in was very friendly and accommodating. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stopped here for an overnight stay. Wide long pull throughs with gravel surface. Good distance between spaces. Some permanents, but fairly well kept up. Within walking distance to local pizza place. Friendly staff with wonderful friendly dog. Good area to walk your pet. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed here for a month. This was our second stay and we've enjoyed both. The campground is nicely laid out with good pull-through sites and back-ins along the river. There are a good many seasonals, but their sites are almost all well kept. The owners couldn't be more helpful. They do a great job of mowing and upkeep. They were upgrading their power and replacing all the picnic tables while we were there. Wi-Fi is only available at the sites nearest the office, so consider that when selecting a space. Great little restaurant just up the mountain at Big Spring Park. We'll definitely stay here again when we're in the area. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a great place to spend a relaxing time. We parked in a back-in spot that over looked the Current River. This RV park has space for family groups of tents, plus has pull-through sites for large rigs. An unusual combination but great for families. The staff is friendly, personable and super helpful. This is also the only RV park that has its own concession for tubing down the Current River. We would happily stay here again. The only reason this park did not rate a full 10 is that the hot water in the large bathhouse fluctuates from hot to cold several times during a shower. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground has several pull through sites with full hookups that allow you leave your vehicle attached to your rig. Our motorhome is 38' pulling a Blazer. Site was clean, picked up with a table and fire pit. Wi-Fi and cable TV is available through out the campground. With the Current River running alongside the campground, arrangements can be made for pick up or drop offs. Tubes, canoes and kayaks are available to rent in the office. Family atmosphere with friendly hosts. Have stayed here twice now that we know where this hidden jewel is located. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed for about a week in a 37' motorhome. The park is clean and the owners friendly. There's approximately 45 sites and the entire park is well maintained with the owners living in the campground. Would definitely recommend it. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The staff at Big Spring RV were very nice, friendly and helpful. The river is incredible, and you can jump right in the river from the RV park, where you can rent tubes if you want to go tubing down the river. The bathroom/showers were clean and safe. It's about a mile walk into the town of Van Buren if you need to do some grocery shopping. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This could be a nice place with some upkeep. Many long term rigs that are not well kept. Some grass cutting and landscaping would help the appearance. No TV reception at all. It was okay for a overnight stop, but we would probably not stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Large sites, friendly hosts, quiet and peaceful, and easy access. There was river access in the campground, but only near a few sites and office. Utilities were adequate. Would stay again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a wonderful RV park right on a beautiful river. Very friendly owners who offer tubing trips anytime you want. Shady, grassy sites. Very pet friendly. We would come back here anytime. Highly recommend. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We have stayed here several times to visit relatives in the area. We keep coming back to this site. The management is friendly and cooperative. Not fancy but it is clean. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This was a nice, small, quiet campground. We toured two other campgrounds in town and they were for young partiers. They could use better river access for swimming, but there's a couple nice parks in town with good swimming access. So between the beautiful Current River, full hookups, cable TV, game room, quiet atmosphere and super clean restrooms, all for under $40 for a family of four: how can you top that? We really liked this campground. This is our first choice for southern Missouri Current River area. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
My boyfriend and his coworkers are all staying here and I took the kids to see him over Memorial Day and we had the best time. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. He enjoys having the camper here and we are going back to see him this weekend. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
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My family and I stayed at this campground over Memorial Day weekend for the first time. A family friend had rented their cabin and bragged about how great the place was. Never have I ever enjoyed camping at a RV Park quite like this one. It was a great family oriented park that had everything we could possibly need. The managers and owners were so friendly and went out of their way for us. Since we were new to the Current River, they helped us to figure out the best float trip, sites of interest, food options, etc. My three kids loved the game room, I loved the laundry room, and we all loved the clean bathrooms! We already booked for 4th of July and without a doubt, will never camp anywhere else! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
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Hard to get to this place. Signs aren't good, and you have no idea how to find the office to register. I guess for one night it was ok but the park is really for long term residents, not overnighters. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Park advertises free cable TV-they don't mention it is available to only 5 back in river view sites. You can hook into one of them, but if you are in a pull through, you have to run your cable across the drive which means traffic entering and exiting the park will be driving over your cable. They also advertise Wi-Fi. Upon checking in at the office, I inquired if I needed to do anything special to get on the internet. The lady said no, no passwords or anything needed. She didn't tell me that I couldn't get it from our site though. We called the office about it and she stated the owner of the park would be in at 9 pm. There were dogs running loose in the campground and you couldn't walk your own pets for them. We were assigned a site we would have difficulty pulling out of in the morning. When we change our site she became hateful. I feel if I am paying for the site, I should be able to have one I like! We have vowed not to ever return to that area. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Do not go to this place ever. Don’t waste your money. Awful place, awful people, rude owners, incompetent staff, unsafe environment. Never ever take children here! If I could give a negative rating on this campground I would. We stayed at this campground over July 4th weekend 2014. Our experience is best described at absurdly horrific. The campsite next to us had an outdoor orgy. Drunkenness and lewdness all over. Loud obscenities shouted from other sites all night long. There were people having sex and vomiting in the bathroom/shower area. We were lied to about the condition of our campsite as it was underwater when they confirmed reservations. Our credit card number was stolen via the use of smartphone text. No security driving the property as promised. No cell service to call authorities. Portable toilets pushed over by drunk patrons. Rude unapologetic owners that wouldn't give us a less than $100 refund. This was the worst experience we ever had camping and we won't be back to the state of Missouri. As we were leaving a lady in an RV said they had a similar experience. Do not take your RV or go tent camping at this place. It is unsafe, unclean, and poorly managed. This is a hedonistic establishment and not family friendly! We camped here in a Tent.
Great park. The new owners are working to make this a very clean family-oriented park. The location is just beautiful, on the Current River. The sites all have nice level concrete pads with full hook-ups to include cable and free wireless internet. The camp store was pretty well stocked and the employees were all very helpful. We will stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This really is a great campground. We stayed here a week and loved every minute. The bathrooms and showers were very clean and centrally located. The pool was cery clean and well kept. The owners are friendly and are working very hard to improve the grounds and facilities. This is a very family friendly campground. It sits directly on the Current River and is about a 10 minute drive from Van Buren. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The camp was clean and the Current River beautiful. The campground seems to be a hangout for all night partiers. The noise level was quite high most of the night. The site was level and the staff very friendly. There were a lot of tent campers and relatively few camping trailers. It is definitely not a campground for quiet relaxation. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Big Springs National Park is built around Big Springs, one of the largest springs in the US. It merges with the Current River in SE Missouri. Pros: Shady sites. -A tree limb fell during the night in a storm and park rangers were there to clean it up within 1/2 an hour. Big Springs. Viewing the spring itself was very nice. Heritage Days. On a Fri. and Sat. in June, relieve the past and see candle making, soap making, blacksmiths, bluegrass, etc. Quiet. The park is about 4 miles from the nearest busy highway, so you get lots of peace and quiet. Cons: Only one loop (about 28 sites) is electric and none of the sites have water hookups. You must fill your tanks before coming into the park or before getting to your site. Water spigots (2) are available in each loop. Tent/walk-in camping loops are in the open with a LOT of sun, very hot in the summer. Shower houses are very inconveniently located and spaced very far apart. No matter what loop you camp in, you are in for a hike to the bathhouse..either that or take your car. Showers were terrible. Went from freezing cold to scalding hot in seconds and then back again. Water pressure was extremely high and shower heads were immovable so that water went wherever it wanted. Bathrooms were never clean. If you need a park ranger for information/maps/etc, don't look at the Ranger Station. Instead, check out the Camp Host in site 201 in loop 2. At any given time there were 4-5 of them sitting in chairs there all day long. NO swimming beach. Seriously? The park is built around the Current River and they have no access for swimming to the river itself? Yes, I am serious. Unless you plan on hiking a country mile through the forest, bugs, and weeds, find somewhere else to swim. All camping sites had some kind of standing water in them. I'm sure when it has been dry for awhile, this won't be a problem (when we where there, it rained). Unless you bring your own boat/tube, there is not much to do at this park. There is no river service available to rent a canoe/tube, no swimming beach access, no educational center to visit, not much of a playground. Certainly, this is not the worst campground we have ever stayed in. But it doesn't rank up in the top either. If you are looking to get away from it all, do nothing but relax and nap, and don't mind primitive camping, than this park will fill the bill. It was just myself and my toddler camping here because we wanted to attend Heritage Days. That and viewing the river were the only highlights of our stay. Roads had been washed out from a recent flood, and though navigable, were in poor condition. No help in the form of information from rangers either. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is an older campground. We picked if from the map as an overnight stop over on our way to Branson. It's advertised as Big rig friendly. We're 35' towing, and I thought it was a tight fit getting here through the narrow city streets, and tight turns. It's early in the season, and they're still getting cleaned up after the winter. I probably wouldn't stay here a 2nd time. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a small Mark Twain National Forest campground located on the Current River in Van Buren, Missouri. The sites are all great, but none are electrical. There are two modern landings with access to the river. There is also a boat ramp. There is an outdoor cold water shower and clean flush toilets. There is a large day use area with two pavilions. Picnic tables and fire rings are located at all sites, plus extra tables and fire grates scattered through out the park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
First of all let me say, this is a GREAT RV park if you are camping with children. If you are not planning on staying here with kids, there is not much for you to do. They have kid-friendly activities planned at all hours of the day: arts/crafts, tye-dye T-shirts, bubbles, storytime, biscuit throws, toy car races, etc. Yogi Bear comes out every morning to raise the flag and every evening for the Hey Rides. Other camping activities include a pool (pretty good sized), tiny water park (sprinklers, splashing buckets, water guns), playground, miniature golf course (6 holes), panning for "gold" (iron pyrite $). It includes a well stocked store, very clean restrooms and laundry room, and a Cartoon Cafe. Complimentary breakfast (M-F) left a little to be desired (boxed donuts, granola bars, and coffee) but the thought was nice. There is just so much for kids to do here! Upon entering the park, check in can be a little confusing as the store and the entrance to the park are not one and the same. If your site is not a full-hookup (concrete pads up by pool) be prepared for gravel!! All sites down by the river are gravel. Roads are not clearly marked. In fact they virtually blend in with the campsites! However, all of the gravel sites are very spacious. We have a 30 ft. motorhome with no slides, but those with big slides would have lots of room side-to-side to stretch out. Sites are nice and shaded down here and if you choose a riverfront site you are LITERALLY right on the river. Very nice little sand swimming beach to the Current River and a boat launch as well. Canoe/tube rental company operates on the premise so that you can float the river. Currently the river is beautiful. Staff was incredibly nice. For the price of $42 (not a full hookup site) you are really paying for all the activities for the kids. Hence it is not worth the price if you don't need/want all those activities. This is one of the best RV parks we have camped in. My toddler had a blast. Was very full for the weekend with lots of people, so peace and quiet was not the order of the day! But by Monday, they had all cleared out and order was restored. There is a golf course next door to the campground (not associated with the campground), so if you are looking for something else to do beside spend the weekend on the river, it was available. We did not use Wi-Fi so I cannot say as to how good it was, although it is available. Bottom line: this was one of our favorite RV parks and we will definitely be coming back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
All grass or gravel sites with lots of shade. The Current River was very close, clean and clear. The grass was being cut while we were here for 3 days, it had been allowed to get too long and when cut, left quite a mess. Lots of bugs at night. We stayed during the week and they delivered a free pancake breakfast to all campers that wanted it: a neat perk. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
$33.67 was the off season rate as opposed to $42 plus tax in season. For overnight stays in the winter there is a $25 rate. Lots of trees. Located on the current river 3.5 miles north of Highway 60 on Highway "M". There is a full hookup area at the top of the hill by the Store, pool and playground. Down the hill to the river bank are the campsite areas with 30 amps and water, no sewer. These are gravel sites under large oak trees with several literally on the river bank. We were almost the only ones in the campground. It was very quiet. We stayed in the Full Hookup sites with a concrete pad, 50 amps, cable, water and sewer. Water pressure was over 100 pounds so we were using a regulator. Internet access is free and response was excellent. We didn't use the pool, but it looked crystal clear and well maintained. It may have been the time of year, but there were no mosquitoes with the temperature and humidity in the 80's. They are pet friendly and our Maltese enjoyed the stay. Sites seemed well maintained, mowed and trees were trimmed. The full hookup sites had newer electrical boxes and there was expansion work on one of the concrete pads in progress. Hosts were very friendly and gave us a lot of information on the local area. We'll stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground does not deserve to be called a Jellystone Campground. The facilities are not up the the quality we have seen at the other Yogi's. We stayed only one night passing through the area after staying 4 nights in a Yogi in Kentucky. 90% of the sites sit alongside the river but do not have river views. They are your basic canoe rental campground sites. There has been no upgrades (pads, tables, light poles, etc) to any of these sites. The pool is pretty small and the water park they have installed is only a couple of water squirting features. Not what I would advertise as a children's splash playground. The game room/restaurant are only open in the evenings and the food prices are outrageous. We took the kids down to eat and watch cartoons. The 2 piece chicken finger meal with fries was $7.50 and that didn't include the $1.50 drink. Hamburger and hot dogs were more expensive. I couldn't see spending $50 for 5 people to eat there. Also most of the kids activities were scheduled to begin at 8pm or latter. No exactly prime time for my children to start things. I definitely wonder how many activities they even have during the week when the canoeing crowd in not there. If you are looking for the Yogi experience do not go to this campground. If you are just in the area to canoe why pay the costs that they are charging. We will not be back the this park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We found this park as we were driving through southern Missouri. It was early in their season but the park has an incredible setting. Right on the Current river. If you look at the website you will see it is very family oriented with a pool, new kids pool play area, playground, activities including tubing and swimming in the beautiful river, and onsite restaurant and is next to a decent 9 hole golf course (by others). They book tubing and rafting trips on site and has a decent store. We would love to be here in season and enjoy the river. All facilities were clean and recently renovated. We camped here in a Motorhome.