12 Parks near Smithville, Missouri
Jul 2016 - $28.00
This is a great little park, especially for an overnight stay. You have to navigate city streets to get to the park, but we had no difficulties with a 38' motorhome pulling a Jeep. Staying at this park also allows you to bypass a lot of Kansas City Interstate traffic. We had one of the 4 pull thru sites which are on concrete slabs. Our site (#2) was level and large enough for our rig. It was easy to get into and out of the park. There is no cable TV, but we could pick up lots of TV stations with our antenna. Wi-Fi was slow. We would stay here again. - Thor MC
Jun 2016 - $28.00
There is nothing special about this campground. What it does have going for it is location. I believe that this is only park within downtown Independence.
The interior roads are on asphalt and all sites are on cement. All sites are back-ins except for 4 sites. All sites have FHU with the utility boxes containing 15, 30 and 50 amps. The voltage was strong - hovering around 122 volts. The electrical box and water spigot are close to each other and are located in the appropriate location. The sewer is located closer to the back of the site. The sites appear to be fairly level and can accommodate large rigs.
All sites have a picnic table and there is a communal fire pit near the office. There is a laundry room with (3) washers costing $1 and (3) dryers costing $1per load. The laundry room was very clean. There is also a bathroom with (1) private shower and (2) shower heads in another area per gender. Both showers are separated by a curtain. The bathroom was fairly clean but not very appealing.
WiFi was spotty, some days it was strong other days it was weak. Verizon air card and cell phone reception was good. There is some railroad noise.
Follow the directions on the web site - not your GPS. The web site directs you to the campground via truck routes. Many of the local streets are narrow.
We have a 32 foot 5th wheel. We would come back to this campground. - adsaxs
May 2016 - $29.00
Convenient location to Independence. Most sites are back-in, single wide road, easy entry and exit. No frills. Picnic table needs repair or replacing. There is a train nearby but it did not disturb us. Good base to visit the area.
Would stay there again. - Rimdel
Jun 2016 - $23.00
Beautiful campground. The hosts were friendly and accommodating. I had trouble backing into #83 at night so the host put me in a more accessible site. Very nice shaded sites with beautiful trees. Some road and train noise but not bad for being close to KC. Clean shower rooms with hot, hot water with no timer. Some things to keep in mind: 1) Site no. 80 -93 are challenging for longer units - all back in with a drop off along the road. The sites on the downhill side looked to be easier (see campground map). 2) Beware of the 10:00p gate closing. MSP will not give you the gate code over the phone; we found that out en-route and were pushing it to make in time. - Zabanya
Apr 2016 - $21.00
This is a beautiful park with large sites. Many sites have electric, only a few have 50A. There is water available at spigots in the park but there is no water at sites. The roads are paved and wide. Most sites are gravel, but the 50A sites are paved. The gate house is often unattended but the hosts will either be at their well marked site or at the Check Office which is just past it. Campground gate is locked after 10pm but there is a gate code for getting in. We were able to get satellite at our site but it would be difficult from many others especially when the trees fully leaf out. The park even has has free public wifi. We were there during the week and there were virtually no other people in the park. The campground should be accessed from the park's southern entrance off of Highway 92. Access from the north is winding and there is a low overpass that could cause problems. - docj
Jul 2015 - $21.00
Lovely spot. Wish we had more time to stay longer and explore the area. We arrived late, on a weekend, but there was a space open. The back end of the space slanted downwards so we had to gun it to pull out early the next morning. Hopefully we didn't disturb our neighbors too much. I'd love to stay a couple of nights at least next time to check out the mill. - desertrat74
Jun 2016 - $40.00
This is our yearly visit from California to Basswood to visit family stationed at Fort Leavenworth. I have reviewed this park the previous years that we visited and this time the visit was by far the best. This is the first time we were in the upper level (site 201) behind the pool and it was the best. The site is cement with a patio and some grass. The site was pretty level with full hookups. The wifi was spotty at best and the signal was determined if anyone was in site 100. On the pool side it was shaded in the morning but full sun in the afternoon. What made this site so good was the lack of traffic ( both vehicle and pedestrian) which made it very quiet (except overhead planes headed for KCI). The bathrooms and showers were spotless. We will definitely request this upper area if we are staying again. - Tracy Bounder
Jun 2016 - $21.00
Very nice park! Although it was just my wife and I and our 2 Maltipoos, it seems very family friendly based on the kids we encountered at the fenced in dog area. We'll likely stay here again when we're in the area. - DesignoSLK
May 2016 - $29.00
Electric & Sewer good, Water @ 60psi. AT&T Cell Phone weak. Had trouble making calls out. AT&T Air Card would not come up. Verizon 4G LTE Air Card ok but not great. Cable is very good. Site gravel and level all ways. Site Size was narrow and short for a 38ft 5th wheel and TV. Site was fairly close but could put out awning. Roads asphalt. Didn't use Restrooms. Laundry was acceptable but not great. Quite a few Long term tenants but they kept neat sites. They are kept in a localized area. Could get DirecTV Satellite but only way out to the end of the site due to trees. Sites in the middle would have been much easier. Road going to the back sites required you to go on a narrow road. Very close to only one lane. Payment was by credit card. - TXBobcat
May 2016 - $21.00
This Missouri State Park is along the Missouri River, but the River is not really a feature of the campground. It is wooded, with most sites well separated, in a loop configuration. Some sites, primarily those on the backside of the loop, have more privacy because of better separation and more vegetation between sites. The sites have electrical, some with 50 amp. We had strong 50 amp service. There is potable water, with the easiest to access to fill a tank, at the dump station. Most sites are fairly level with nicely packed gravel. The campground is fairly quiet, with only background road noise. The Sunday that we were there, there was a lot of drive-through traffic which was a bit annoying but not a big deal. There are security gates that are closed between 10 pm and 7 am, a nice security feature. There is a campground host who was not overly friendly, but was efficient and got the job done. We did not use the restrooms, but did use the available pay laundry with one washer and one dryer, a very nice touch. We were able to find a hole through the trees for our satellite dish and we had very strong Verizon data and voice. The park is wonderfully conveniently located for visiting the Kansas City area. We would certainly stay here again. - TheJim
Sep 2013 - $23.00
Like many state parks, this one offers a high degree of privacy in a maturely shaded site. While it is missing some of the niceties of a commercial park with water and sewer connections, it more than makes up in ambience and beauty. There are some water spigots located in the camping area and if you have a sufficiently long hose connecting is easy. There is a dump station near the park entrance and it is convenient to use as you depart the park area. This park is about 30 minutes north of Kansas City so access to the city is easy. The airport is near by, but not so near that you hear planes. The quiet is one of the best features of this park. We will use it again while visiting family in the KC area. - Dunwoodyradio
Aug 2013 - $30.00
This is our second stay at this park. We were here 5 years ago, and our experience this time was just as positive as the last. The sites are very well laid out and our site (#21) was very private. The grounds are very well kept, and the power is very stable. We would definitely stay here again. - Tech5709
Jul 2016 - $47.00
I can understand why this park gets high reviews but we would probably never stay here again. The pros are that the park is well laid out and although you are VERY close to your neighbor, the way the lots are laid out it feels like you have a lot more room with trees for privacy. Check in was easy. The cons are plenty. Signage is terrible. The entrance is dangerous for RVs (although thanks to reviews here, we knew what to expect and planned very well for this). There were fireworks every night that made it sound like WWIII in our very well-equipped Class A where we rarely hear sounds (I wish they had told us about this - from 10 pm - 10:20 it was hellacious). It is right near a busy road with trucks that have their engine breaks on that made tons of noise. The worst part about this park is the residents, who were by far the worst we've come across in all our travels. There were at least 6 loose dogs and the park did nothing to curb it (we almost saw a dog get hit by an unexpecting RV). The neighbors two lots down from us lit off fireworks that exploded over our rig (park officials did something about it, thankfully). A ton of people parked in the street which seemed odd to us considering this was an RV park - made it difficult to navigate around. I think the holiday weekend had a lot to do with our experience but it was enough to never want to come back. The layout does not make up for all the negatives of this park. - Kamnel
Jun 2016 - $46.00
It is nice and easy to get around in after you get here. The entry to the park via the far left booth and on the passenger side is just plain dumb. I don't have a window on that side so you have to open the door. The exit is also not well marked. We saw a MH leaving via the entrance booths as we were coming in.
But as noted once you get in it is fine. We were there on a week day and before school let out so no fireworks. Would stay again if in the area. Roads and sites are concrete and wide and easy to manuver in. - peddy dick
Jun 2016 - $67.00
The cement pads were level, immaculate, and beautifully landscaped. The pool was surprisingly big and had a life guard on duty. Staff were young and inefficient.
Showers were a disappointment--more like those found in a state park rather than those found in a "RV Resort". The price also includes a one-day pass to the Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun Amusement Park. - Scldg
Jun 2016 - $25.00
This was a corps of engineers campground at one time. Nice trees. Camp host guy helped us tremendously with ac problem. Great area to walk especially to spillway from beautiful Lake. - Bga
Jun 2015 - $25.00
Campground clean, host friendly and helpful. Some pull through sites we torn up due to construction issues. Pull through sites were small especially if you had extra vehicles. $5. charge per night for extra vehicle. - oldelzydog
Apr 2015 - $25.00
This park has so much potential but the city management has kept it on the back burner so long, it is loosing ground. They don't do maintenance until "things" are broken. Promises of additional 50A sites are never fulfilled. The 11 50A sites available all have a drainage ditch for a patio yard. The park will not allow converters to be used so 50A units are not allowed to park on 30A sites.
The sites are gravel and not well maintained although most are pretty level.
We camped at this park for 11 years so we have seen the lack of preventive maintenance and improvements first hand.
To reserve a specific site, you must drive to the CG and pay in advance in full. No refunds. No credit cards. No reservations on a website. They are still in the 90s........1890s. - D Curf
May 2011 - $14.00
Manager was super. Park was clean. New restrooms and showers are under construction. Entry to the park crosses very steep downgrade from roaring railroad tracks. Have some concerns about getting out of here with our rig. Trains are non stop. I have not slept in 3 nights to noisy for me. You are right on the Missouri River. - pamwine
Apr 2010 - $10.00
I work close to the campground so I figured a early year break in on the new camper was in order. The campground host is very pleasant and if you call ahead you can reserve a spot with her help and she can make sure you are happy with your spot. The pros: THE VIEW... you are right on the river close to a bridge. Some spots are only 10 feet away from the bank and you can wake up and just feel the morning river mist. It is very very nice to walk out and take a stroll on the river. Also fishing is allowed with no permits on the bank, I am unsure if you want to use a boat. There is a boat ramp within 100 meters of the campground. The park is kept up nicely with full mature trees that are 50' tall and full. Shade is great, and plenty of twigs to start fires with. If you like tent camping then you can get a site for $8. The Cons: It is a $10 park, so there are some cons. First the shower house toilet area is very primitive. The toilets are toilets, but the shower area is open roof. Then of course you have a train. This park is right next to the tracks (my site was within 25 meters of the track). They do have a no whistle zone around the park, but still you can feel it and hear them. The trains stop around 10:30 at night and resume around 7am in the morning. So if you are a earlier riser it should not bother you. All for all I will be back, decent price, and of course having a 5th wheel to isolate me is great. I would not use the showers though. - T. Hanson
Jul 2007 - $10.00
Excellent location on the Missouri River under the Centennial Bridge near the junction of 92 and 73 Hwy. Paved roads and nearly level parking for your unit. Abundant generations old trees on riverbank. Litter barrels at every site. Now for the bad, poorly signed and railroad crossing on Dakota St has potentially dangerous angles. Not suitable for larger camping units, grass only present at some sites, side by side 30amp electric poles at most sites. Dump station is headed wrong direction of travel. And the most disturbing aspect for many, despite being on the not so prosperous side of Leavenworth, this city park received not one drive thru by any law enforcement agency. There was a couple that was sleeping in their vehicle and it wasn't a class C self contained. Bath/Shower building was rather old and not exactly clean. Railroad in close proximity. Might stay here again. - cakehead
Jun 2016 - $36.00
Do NOT stay here. Hard to see entrance. You will pass it and have to drive to town to u-turn. The park "resort" is a scene out of Deliverance. The one-way steep rutty "road" has low hanging branches hitting our new rig. There are piles of rusted out metal, dumped cars, trailers, everywhere. Sites are no where near level. No WiFi. You can get TV here. Loud music after 10:00. No welcome package. Cash ONLY. Almost nonexistent water pressure. We would have left this horrible place but it was getting too late. Out of the 45+ RV parks we've stayed at, this was by far the worst. The name needs to change to GONE UNDER. - cmiller
Jul 2012 - $35.00
We had a site on a hill, but was not able to level my trailer. Very old and dated park. Looked great on internet but doesn't live up to the hype. Very poorly maintained. Stayed here one night and would not return. - SammyToo
Jun 2010 - $31.00
This park is much further off the highway than we thought from the directions: " three right turns". There is a very steep hill to enter the park, and we were brushing against untrimmed bushes beside a lake. Park was unmowed and was full of ruts and wash-outs. Some seasonal or year around, but no one else around. Was stuck in the site until I unhooked the car. Not a good experience. Still cannot believe I climbed that hill full of ruts after the rain last night. A serious, never again. - imperial
Mar 2011 - $32.00
This place is a dump! We could hardly get in the very small sites. We have a small MH with a toad, and didn't think we were going to be able to get out. Units here looked to be temporary, long term and were not pleasant to look at. Believe them to be transient workers or something worse. The price is outrageous for the quality, and all descriptions were certainly misleading and very much in error. If we hadn't been so tired, we would've left! - stonybirch
Aug 2009 - $31.00
This park is accessible to I-35, but access to sites is poor for larger RVs. It is an older RV park and is pretty run down. Immediate neighbors are a construction yard and Lowe's store. Streets are narrow and in poor condition. We felt that the rates were misleading in the campground guide as last year was listed as $24. We would not return in the future. - RV Camper1
Jul 2009 - $30.00
Nice park. Very convenient for staying on the north side of Kansas City, MO. Friendly and courteous office staff. Only drawback is noise from I-35. - cooksonqt
Jul 2016 - $22.00
This is a Clay County park on Smithville Lake, a large lake north of KSC. To find the park on your GPS, if you put in NE 160th Street, Smithville, MO, it will take you into the park. The park information does not reflect a physical address. Reservations are made through the county website that is hard to navigate. The next or accept button is well below the screen, so it requires considerable scrolling. The price is economical without frills. It is popular for boating and fishing.
The easiest way into the park is from I-435, exit 26, then west on 92. Your next turn, about 9 miles away, is well marked. I would not recommend exit 17 because the road the GPS will bring you through has 3 narrow bridges, several sharp curves and multiple hills you can't see over until you meet oncoming traffic at 45 MPH. When you arrive, you are about 12 miles from stores.
The staff is very friendly and helpful. We were in Loop G where the lake is close. This is a 30amp, no water area; however, the electrician I spoke with says plans to up-grade the area to 50amp for next season are in discussion. We were here on a weekend and the power was around 104.
The lake is very large but quite shallow with a mud bottom that is easily stirred up by the boat traffic. The shoreline is sandy about 20' before you are into the mud bottom. None of this seemed to detour visitors.
There are 2 shower areas in the park. Each loop has a restroom building. Loop C has 50amp and water, but the area is not near the water and many large trees may block a roof mounted satellite signal. - Workamper04
Jun 2016 - $23.00
Electric & Sewer good, Water @ 60psi. Wi-Fi none. AT&T Cell Phone Good. Verizon 4G LTE Air Card Good. No Cable. My Site was acceptable. Could back in far enough that the back of the trailer extended over the back concrete barrier giving me enough room to park truck on site. Site Size was wide enough and level. Sites are far apart from each other. Great grass area behind the site to walk the dog. Roads are asphalt and were being repaved as I was leaving. DirecTV Satellite was easy to access. Payment was with credit card. - TXBobcat
Jun 2015 - $22.00
We only did a one night stop at this campground, but we could easily spend more time there. The campground is on Smithville Lake, just north of Kansas City. Its a big county run campground with over 400 campsites. Around half of the sites have 30 or 50 amp electric and a good number of the 30 amp sites have water hookups too. I think all but a couple of sites are back-in. There are no sites with sewer connections, but there is a large dump station near the entrance to the campground. We saw a nice playground and the grass was freshly mowed. The restrooms were clean. Many of the campsites are near the lake, although I think all the lakefront sites are electric only (no water hookups). The campground is less than 10 miles west of I-35, but County Road E, which you travel the last 3 or 4 miles is rather narrow and a bit rough in spots. Our Verizon signal was a good 4G and it should be pretty easy to get a satellite signal there. - nazpaz