9 Parks near Hunnewell, Missouri
Jun 2006 - $1.00
If you are looking for a nice free campground, this is another great place. Another gem I should really keep to myself. But, for those who are looking for peace and quiet and back to nature, again, this is it. This site wouldn't let me put in free, so I put in $1, but it costs nothing, nada, zip, zero dollars, just a little respect for nature. It offers nothing in the way of amenities. No water hookups, no electricity, no showers and only vault toilets. Though these are the cleanest vault toilets I've ever seen (I actually used them). There is potable water at the ranger station and store at the lake which you can use to fill your tanks. They also have a dump station at the same place, so you don't have to take that home or find a place to dump. The ranger station is also where you can rent boats for a couple bucks a day. You can't bring you own boat because they have a zebra muscle problem. They also give free tours of the fish hatchery, all you have to do is ask. Pretty darn cool stuff for a free campground from the Missouri Conservation Department. There are a ton of really nice sites and two years ago they closed down an entire section from non-use of the sites. The roads are paved on the north side of the lake, but gravel on the south side, but the roads and the sites are level and easy access for campers large and small. Many of the sites are shaded and water access is only a very short walk from the campsites. The only drawback is you have to bring your own fire ring, which has to have a bottom. Some people cut out the bottom of a barrel. We, went to Wal-Mart and bought a fire pit, which we also use at home, so it works perfectly. It is a conservation area, not a state park. But, it is again just fabulous for peace and quiet. We actually meet people who understand nature and just want a peaceful time fishing. - hello all
May 2016 - $21.00
Our family stays at this park at least once a year. Overall, it is a quiet park with many good sized sites that are wooded and shady. During holiday weekends, the campsites do fill up rapidly. A lot of boaters and fisherman use this park, as there is a boat launch onto the lake. The marina is a not located at this section of the park, but is about 20 min away. Note that on the holiday weekends there is quite a bit of traffic in the loop since many people do have boats with them. Mark Twain Lake has many trails to hike on of varying lengths.
The restrooms in the Badger Loop are older, but kept clean. However, some people do go use the newer facilities in one of the other loops. These newer facilities have individual showers that are roomier. - skeeter417
May 2010 - $22.00
Mark Twain is pretty nice, has fairly large, private sites. They had recently had alot of rain, due to all the beautiful shade trees, it made for alot of mud. Our 20A service wasn't working, maintenance fixed the problem. We had a good time overall. - jstrom
May 2006 - $15.00
I only rated this one a 7 because of what's not really in the State's control. Other than they have rangers come around who should enforce quiet hours and such, including stupidity. This park is a really, really nice park. I have been camping there since before the river was flooded into Mark Twain Lake and the old part of the campground is now under water. I spent my summers growing up in this area. Through the years, I have noticed how the crowd of people who camp here have changed. From respectful decent folks to a whole lot of rowdy and sometimes unruly people who do not watch their kids. The roads at any state park in Missouri are not big enough for 6 kids riding bicycles and campers as there are many hidden corners. The last time we camped at Mark Twain State Park, we not only had to deal with those bicycling kids screaming throughout the park the entire time, but an ongoing weekend party on one side of us and on the other some jerk who thought it was a wise idea to have four super bright halogen lights pointed at the sky all night long. Yeah, what a bright freaking idea, that shined in OUR camper for five straight days. And the bugs those light drew to our sites were awful. Not to mention, since the lights were left on both day and night and were on a stand about four foot off the ground, I kept fearing the wind would knock them over and catch the entire campground on fire. Halogens are not very practical OR smart to be using like this camping as they get very hot and are not stable on a four foot stand! Duh! Luckily, that did not happen. The worst part was we felt like we really couldn't say anything because the woman in the site was one of my son's teachers. They would have know who complained and he would have been punished in his grades. - hello all
Jun 2016 - $11.00
The price reflects a 50% Senior Pass discount on a full-hookup site, a ridiculously low amount to pay for a beautiful full-hookup site! This is another nice Corp of Engineer park. The only thing missing were views of the reservoir; only a few sites had distant views of the lake through the vegetation. Otherwise, you couldn't ask for anything nicer. The campground is a bit far from the major throughways to be a convenient overnight stop, but it is easy to find and the roads to the park are all good, paved roads. The campground is easy to navigate. There are two campground areas, the West Campground, that you come to first, and the East Campground. There is an entrance gate, but there was no attendant on duty when we arrived, so we found a non-reservable site, set up, and paid later. The West Campground sites (1 - 95) are all non-reservable, wonderful for those of us that like to travel more free-form. The East Campground (sites 96-175) is all reservable. Some sites are electric only, some also have water, and some are full hook-up sites. All have 50 amp service. Although there are water spigots located throughout the campground, if you have a dry camping site, the best place for filling a tank is at the dump station. They are all very well spaced; some have vegetation separating the sites. Our site was very level, but some are unlevel. We had weak Verizon signal at our site, but with a booster, could get voice and fast data. The signal varied considerably throughout the campgrounds. The gate attendant was very nice and extremely helpful. We would definitely come back and spend a week or so here. For $11 for full-hookup, it can't be beat. - TheJim
Jul 2015 - $12.00
Rate reflects senior discount. Very pretty park, remote with lots of trees and grassy areas. Large campground, 2 different areas, east and west, with 2 loops in each one. Camp sites are generously spaced and allow for privacy. Some sites are terraced with step downs to patio area. Table, fire ring and lantern pole in most. Electric was steady at 124 per leg, water pressure was 70psi. Sites vary as to whether there is electric only, or full hook up. There are some community spigots placed around. Did not use the bathhouses here, but saw cleaning crew there each day and staff checking them throughout the day. Fairly level for walking and biking. Due to high water in the lake, the beach and walking trails were closed during our visit. Plenty of deer wandering around the campground and bird watching is good. Bring your supplies, a good 15 mile drive to nearest grocery store, nearest WM is in Hannibal. There is a small marina here with a little store and snack bar. Staff on the park was visible and friendly. Gate house hours are erratic, but saw camp hosts putting out reserved tags occasionally. Park stayed quiet even over a busy weekend. Drive to the Dam Visitors Center, worth the trip, nice displays and great views of the lake and spillway. Nice memorial to Vietnam Veterans. We would stay here again. - Fixn2gocamp
Oct 2011 - $12.00
The rate reflects our senior discount. Very pretty campground that is better suited to smaller rigs. We had to select from only three available sites for our 35' rig and we could only fit in one due to our length and three slides. The site, #5, was very sloped and we had to unhook our truck for just overnight to get our rig even close to level. We saw very few level sites in the entire campground. It's a very popular place and was almost full even though it was well after Labor Day. Reservations would probably be very helpful. The campground is located about 14 miles off the main highway but as is typical of most COE campgrounds it was worth the drive. - PegL
Jul 2016 - $18.00
Vast majority of sites appear to be seasonal/permanent. All back-in sites are on the blind side. Some sites are easier to back into than others. Cable worked well. WiFi was o.k. for email and Facebook. No fenced dog area. Concrete pad was long enough for my 6-pt level up, and my long bed truck still fit within the driveway. - TH travelers
May 2016 - $25.00
Stayed overnight on trip home. Been here before and it is a very well run park. Our site was a pull thru and very level. Had 50 amp, water and cable. Did not use Wi-Fi, used our hot spot. It is early in season but they have lots of things for the kids with a water park at the entrance. I would recommend this campground. - belanga
Sep 2015 - $40.00
This is a very large campground. There are many sites for average size campers and a few sites for the bigger ones that need pull-throughs. We stayed over Labor Day weekend so of course it was full and very busy. You can rent golf carts to get around the park if you choose but to guarantee you have one, reserve it when you make your reservations. The owners were very friendly and readily available even with the huge crowd. All employees were very helpful, also. The only things close to do are fishing and boating, or there is a water park adjacent to the campground. There is only one area to dump your trash and it is clear up by the main office. It would be nice if they had a few areas throughout the campground since it is quite large. Be advised, there is very little shade. Appears that the most shade is where the permanent campers stay. There seems to be quite a few of these. If you are in the area and like to fish, boat, or go to water parks, this is a good place to stay. - tooters74
Oct 2012 - $18.00
I have no idea why this campground has never been reviewed. We stayed here for two nights. Its pretty standard COE except there are so many trees it makes maneuvering a little difficult. The roads are newly paved but a little narrow, especially for a big rig. There are a lot of equestrians here and the campground is near Mark Twain Lake. Very peaceful and quiet. We'd stay here again. - Soos
Aug 2015 - $12.00
Rate reflect Golden Age card (50% off). Very pretty park on the Mark Twain Lake. Good staff presence, gate attendants friendly and helpful. Electric was steady, water 85psi, steady. Park was clean enough, however our firepit was full of ash and trash, we had to clean it out to use it. Some sites are full hook up, others are electric only. Most sites are level enough, however there are a few that have an incline. The trails were closed when we were here due to high water in the lake, but the boat launch was open. There is a marina on the park with a café and little store. Park has dumpsters in the camping loops, convenient, not a long way off. We did not use the bathhouse or restrooms. Sites are asphalt, however the patio area is rock. Its small, but not as easy to walk on as gravel. Sites have a large picnic table, a lantern pole and fire ring with grate.Nearest Walmart is about 35 miles away, but there is a local store with bread/milk, etc. We would stay here again when in the area. - Fixn2gocamp
Jul 2015 - $13.00
Very nice COE park on the Mark Twain Lake. The camping loops are about a mile or more from the gate. Gate attendants friendly and helpful. Park was clean. The roads were paved and the long pads were asphalt and a little narrow, but there is a lot of space between sites and each has a fire ring, picnic table, and lantern post. Most sites are back-in. Lots of mature trees. No sites are on or near the lake, so no view to speak of. We had a problem with our cell and internet service-NONE-even though there are cell towers in vicinity. However we discovered that area of MO is in a "Dead Zone" according to the helpful people at the Walmart in Hannibal. - bob and phyl
Jul 2015 - $9.00
This is a beautiful area on the Mark Twain lake and, specifically, the US Corps of Engineers Recreation Area --- located about 30 minutes southwest of Hannibal, MO. There were really nice features about camping here, e.g the roads were paved and the pads were paved but, unfortunately, very narrow, which made it difficult to maneuver. Our site, # 129 was surrounded by trees making it scenic but impossible to open both our slideout and our awning. Not all the sites had that level of closeness. And not all sites are level, so pick with care. The toilet and shower house were separate and not very close together. These building and some of the other buildings in the area were in need of some paint and/or repair, but for that price, I look at it as a small issue. There are not many extras available there, but there is a marina onsite where one can rent boats, eat, fish, etc. - stocky
Jun 2016 - $34.00
In a nutshell, stay away. If we could give this place a zero we would do so. The bathrooms are beyond filthy, mold appears to be growing on the shower stall benches, trash everywhere. The ground around our campsite was littered with cigarette butts. The buildings and all infrastructure look like they have had no maintenance in years. The "locals" or weekenders were very unfriendly; in fact scary.
It's very unfortunate as the place looks like it may have been decent at one point many years ago. We found the place in an older Good Sam book but the campground was no longer affiliated with Good Sam so there was no discount available.
If visiting the Hannibal area for the Mark Twain historical features find another campground for your stay. We booked two nights but left after staying only one night. - RalphB3
Jun 2015 - $31.00
The lady checking us in was helpful, efficient and knowledgeable about the area.
The campground is old and dirty. Sites were not level, muddy and sewer connection broken.
Appears to be mostly full time residence that do not seem to take any pride in their site. Junk laying all around. Will not come back. - Stockmk
Jul 2014 - $35.00
Worst campground ever! First of all, the campground is not marked, coming from Hannibal. We drove right past it. When we arrived, there is a window/ac unit boarded up with plywood. Not even new plywood, that looks like an accident or breakage recently happened, rotted on the bottom plywood. We arrived at 3pm the afternoon on a FRIDAY , and had to call a phone number listed on the door for help. When we finally arrived at our site and set up, the were so many dogs barking it sounded like we were at the humane society. We have a 32 foot 5th wheel, and had to park the truck on the gravel street, as there wasn't enough room to actually park at the site. We could not find the restaurant/lounge that was listed on the website. The was ice and firewood only at the "general store". The camper across from us, was a permanent site and the camper was finished off with plywood. Batting cages actually worked, but was really old. The kids tried to go to the store several times to get quarters, there wasn't anyone there. Pool is very small , kids didn't stay in it long, they said it smelled funny. My husband used the restroom once, said it smelled like urine and there was nothing in there to wash his hands with. We couldn't get out of there fast enough! - Hilgirl