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Van Buren, Missouri

Big Springs RV Camp

Van Buren, Missouri



Van Buren, Missouri
Phone: (573) 323-8328

Sites: 50
Recent Rate: $30 8/2016

Latitude: 36.987747503718
Longitude: -91.008169940567

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • yes-river Waterfront Waterfront yes-river
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

24 Reviews

These reviews are the opinion of an RVParkReviews’ member and not the views of RVParkReviews.com

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

We almost didn't stay in Big Spring RV Park, from the impression we had from other reviewers that it might be problematic to find/get into/navigate within the park. I'm glad we went--What a shame if we had missed this nice park!

If you're heading east, you've got a simple right turn onto 103, go 1/4 mile, turn left on Chicopee, and the park is 1/4 mile up on the left. Heading west, you'll have to cross the two lanes of Hwy 60 from the left hand turn to get into 103, but traffic (when we visited anyway) was light & should not present a problem. (Summer weekends might be a different matter though).

Our enthusiasm for this park was not dampened (pun intended) even by the torrential rains that muddied the Current River into flood stage, and scrapped our plans for a float trip. (The RV park is a concessionaire for the National Park Service, for tube rentals & shuttle service to float this federally protected wild river). We took our toad to explore the beautiful rivers by land--get a map from the office or Ozark NRR Park Headquarters in town. The RV park itself did not flood or seem in any danger of doing so, as it is significantly above the river. A ramp at the side of the office gives easy access for launching tubes or kayaks.

All hook-ups worked well. Water pressure is very strong & you'll want a regulator.

WiFi at our site was spotty, although I managed to get my internet needs met by sitting in the comfortable porch area of the office, where the WiFi was excellent.

Owner was warm, friendly & seemed genuinely interested in making our stay a pleasant one. We are eager to return & have another chance at a float trip. We camped at Big Springs RV Camp in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

This was a great spot and I wish we could have stayed longer. It's on a great spot on the river and high and dry. The owner was incredibly nice and welcoming. We had a pull through that was plenty long to stay connected with a 38 foot fiver. The drive in from the highway was fine-go in on Chicopee road off of 103-the other GPS option looked very small and residential. Had trouble with wi-fi but did not worry about it and just used our phone connections. Had full hookups , 50amp, with sewer- all worked perfect. There are a few permanent campers but most spots are open for nightly stays. Interior roads are fine and wide enough. Would stay there again if in the area! We camped at Big Springs RV Camp in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $39.00
Overall Rating:      

What a gem. Beautiful sites. We were on the river and we walked down and sat in the beautiful cool river. GPS is a little off so we ended up turning too soon and got in a bit of a pickle. Staff is very helpful. We camped at Big Springs RV Camp in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
28
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

Don't turn in to the "Landing". Go to the next turn.

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Review Count: 99
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 24

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed 1 night while traveling through the area.

The access to the park from US-60 (a divided 4 lane highway) requires passing through an uncontrolled intersection so turning off or onto the US-60 poses a slight hazard. Then travel is along a narrow rural residential road. And finally, the driveway into the park is steep creating the possibility of scraping or high centering. However, we didn't experience either of these problems.

The park DID NOT respond to any contacts online (electronic messages) even through their own website. Had to call the park directly to make reservations. The owner apologized for not responding to the electronic messages. The basic rate is for 30 AMP service. There is a $3.00/night charge for 50 AMP service.

The interior roads and site parking pads are gravel. The roads were narrow considering they were for 2-way traffic. The pull through sites were long enough for coaches and their toads. The sites were generally level. There is not much privacy between the sites as the sites are close to each other. They have full hook ups - water, electricity (50 AMP), & sewer. The utility connections were towards the middle to rear of the sites. The sewer fitting was above ground creating the potential for an uphill flow. There was an outside table and fire pit.

There are some trees/canopy that could make satellite reception hit and miss depending on site assignment and your dish configuration. Didn't try to get any broadcast channels.

The provided WiFi was adequate but it was dependent on how close your site is to the office. Our NET10 phone reception was acceptable.

No designated fenced pet area but there was sufficient area to walk dogs along the park roads. There was only one dumpster near the office to dispose of waste.

For being in a hazardous/severe weather area, there was no underground storm shelter. No structure was identified as a severe weather shelter. We camped at Big Springs RV Camp in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
33
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

We arrived early in the day so we were able to spend the afternoon at the nearby Ozark National Scenic River site.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1

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

The park is on the banks of the Current River and offers tubing on the river. The owners are friendly and want to ensure you enjoy your stay. The bathrooms and showers were very clean and well maintaained. The sites include both back in and pullthrough with full hookups. We were only going to stop for one night but wound up staying five nights and relaxing with the river flowing behind our site. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Big Springs RV Camp in a Truck Camper.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
20
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Visit the Big Spring National Park, only about 4 miles from the campground. One of the largest springs in the US. The park is located in the Mark Twain National Forest.

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Review Count: 40
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Comfortable, laid-back campground. No pads or patios. River access limited due to high bluff. Would stay again. We camped at Big Springs RV Camp in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Big Springs RV Camp in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 121
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Big Springs RV Camp in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

Very clean bathrooms and showers. Wi-Fi very good. Owners friendly and helpful. I will be back. We camped at Big Springs RV Camp in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 78
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 18

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Big Springs RV Camp in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 42
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Big Springs RV Camp in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 53
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Didn't give this a 10 because the electrical hookups badly need updating. And the sites were not very level. We camped at Big Springs RV Camp in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice campground, super clean restrooms. Kathy the owner was very accommodating to our group. Would definetly stay there again. We camped in a class B camper van We camped at Big Springs RV Camp in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 68
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice staff. Grassy, fairly level sites. Very clean restroom/bathhouse. We camped at Big Springs RV Camp in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 21
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Big Springs RV Camp in a Motorhome.

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