7.7 Good
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Ballards Campground

Carthage, Missouri


13965 Ballard Loop
Carthage, Missouri 64836
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 30
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 37.07448
Longitude: -94.31232

Elevation: 1082' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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14 Reviews

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

First let me say we are"mid century" people. This is an older campground run by the owner. No fancy signs no glitz. What do you get? A serene properly maintained facility with level site and large trees, some probably 60 ft high. Even in October it was 80 degrees so shade was a must for us. Small gazebo and pond. Quiet. A terrific value. There are several newer more expensive campgrounds in town, right on the highway, we chose Ballards and are glad we did. Her store is filled w/an eclectic collection of stuff- some for sale- some not.

We decided to forgo the dinner already cooked to try a place in town. At owners recommendation chose Iggy's Diner- fantastic. Now there are many places to eat- chains- steak- etc. unless you specifically want that menu, try Iggy's. Its a classic burger and malt 1950's diner built in 1998. Food was excellent as was the service. Total cost for two dinners and a shake less than $20- but wait! There was so much food we took half back! The "side"portion of onion rings was enough for two. Just that added feature to our one night stay. We camped at Ballards Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
16
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Eat at Iggy's!

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed here one night while traveling through. We had a nice shady spot that was level. The host was very nice and guided me right to our site. This was my second visit here and I'll stop again on future trips. We camped at Ballards Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

Spent one night returning to Texas. Very nice level pull through site. clean facilities and grounds. Only one other camper there. Will definitely stop again. Easy to access from interstates. We camped at Ballards Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
9
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

I stayed in a full-hookup site. It was a pull-through, which accommodated my 38' M/H & pick-up truck toad. Lots of trees and grass areas. Very quiet with no traffic or train noise. Stayed 2 nights and would stay again. The $23 sites are water and electric only but they do have a dump station. Oh, the $25 I paid included taxes. We camped at Ballards Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

Nice quiet place to pull in for night. Cute pond that's peaceful. Store needs to be cleaned & aired out though. BUT for 22 bucks it was great. We camped at Ballards Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
12
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

We have a 38 ft 5th wheel & it looks like that's the largest it could safely accommodate.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Just an overnight stop. Level gravel site, all utilities good and adequate size. Some shade. We camped at Ballards Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

Great place to rest and relax. We stopped in for an overnight on the road and will return again when passing through. Located near the highway and is a small husband & wife ran RV park. The site we stayed at was very well shaded and near the pond and gazebo and laundry and showers and bathroom floors are that being upgraded. Washers $1.25 and dryers are $1, there are two of each. The park is very quiet and the best nights rest we've had on the road in a while. We will return if we are in the area again. We camped at Ballards Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
6
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Call ahead as there are only 7 pull through sites with full hookup.

Watch out for a few spiderwebs and wasps and you'll be ok.

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Review Count: 130
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

O.K. park not to far from freeway, not much noise. Roads and sites are gravel with shade trees. Sites are large enough for 37 foot RV and toad. Power, water, and cell (AT&T) good. We would stay here again. We camped at Ballards Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 129
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 18

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

This was an overnight stop for us on a westward swing. After reviewing other campgrounds in the area, we would choose this campsite again. The sites were level and large. The campground manager took me to look at several sites first and then led us to the place. Yes, the sites are gravel, but so what; it drains well in the rain. There are lots of trees, so it may be difficult if you rely on satellite for TV, but we found enough over the air stations from nearby Joplin. WiFi was free, though a bit slow. We used the restrooms and showers and found them clean and comfortable. They had the water on a softener, so it was very soft. It was also a bit on the salty side for taste, but had no bad smell or flavor. Downsides are: some sites are a bit tight to get into, but that is not bad as there are plenty of trees for shade. Interstate road noise is there in the background, though a small hill between the campground and interstate help blunt some of the sound. Finally, be warned, the approach from the north comes at you quickly. There is no Large sign by the road. We went south and turned around in a large lot (warning sign--no turns, but we did anyway) and got back fine. The park looks a bit run down, but I think is a work still in progress. As stated earlier, given other options, we would stay here again. We camped at Ballards Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 76
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

We pulled in after the office was closed and found a great site close to the restroom/showers. I was really surprised how much room each shower cubicle was. Everything was clean. There weren't many units there. The next morning when we were paying, I found out that wifi was available so I asked the lady if I could stay long enough to try and look up some relatives we were wanting to see in our travels. I had some difficulty trying to connect, so she went and looked them up for me. She was a big help. We will definitely go back when we are in the area. We camped at Ballards Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice and quiet private shaded campground. They have full hookups. They also have a nice laundry room. Located near the Precious Moments Chapel. Would recommend. We camped at Ballards Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2009 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

This campground is not big rig friendly, the roads are gravel and the sites have very little gravel. The couple that runs the park is very helpful but are unable keep up with the needed repairs. Mostly workers stay here. It is very hard to get satellite dishes to work because of trees. I would not recommend this park to anyone. They only have 4 - 50 amp sites and a few sewer sites. We camped at Ballards Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 47
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2008 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

This is a family operation. They are very nice and helpful. The sites were clean and everything worked as advertised. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Ballards Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2005 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

Ballards is a pleasant place to spend a night or a week. It doesn't have amenities such as a swimming pool, miniature golf, or internet access. What it does have are pleasant extremely well maintained facilities and a friendly welcome mat awaiting your arrival. A lot of their business is return business. People feel at home there and come back the next time they are in the Carthage Missouri area. There is a pond stocked with fish for fishing(catch and release). A blue heron and a small flock of ducks and geese make there home at the pond. A beautiful gazebo overlooks the pond. The large office reminds one of an old time general store. Guests are welcome to free coffee and good company in the morning. Because we feel among friends at Ballards my wife and I go out of our way to stop there whenever possible. Please feel free to contact us via email for any further information. We camped at Ballards Campground in a Motorhome.

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