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.
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.
This park has recently changed owners and the new owners were very nice and accommodating. They have a really nice playground for kids (both for toddlers and older children) and a HUGE pool. The pool was fantastic. They also have a game room with a couple of video games, a pool table and some coloring material for younger children. The restrooms and showers were very clean, as was the laundry room, but my complaint with the bathrooms is that there is only ONE bathroom shower house for the entire park. Although we didn't need them, one of the days we stayed it rained, and I couldn't help but feel sorry for the poor tent campers having to trudge in and out in the rain. The bathrooms were pretty far away from most of the campsites. There aren't very many 50 amp campsites. Although the park is very wooded and makes it feel secluded, it is actually close to hwy 187 and we got some road noise at our site. There are also not very many full-hookups and our water hookup was farther away than our 25' hose would reach which was not very convenient. The sites are moderately level, but all are gravel and though some of the interior road used to be paved, they have since deteriorated into gravel. My biggest compliant is that if the owners are at lunch or escorting someone to their site, the office is closed. We went in to ask directions and the office was closed. Waited 15 minutes but to no avail. While swimming in the evening at around 6 p.m., we noticed the office was closed and a whole bunch of people coming to purchase something, but had to return to their RV's since the office was closed. All in all, a good place to stay but it seems to have been an older campground that needs some repair. A final note: the trolley does NOT stop here and the campground is a ways out of town. If you do not have a vehicle to get back into town with, this is not the campground for you.
Roaring River is a fisherman's (or woman's) dream. They have a nice campground store, handicap access to the river, a playground for kids, and a fish hatchery. Lots of nice hiking trails too. No full hook-ups, but lots of the camping sites are shaded. A few back up into a small, wet weather stream for a pretty view. Only 30 amp electrical service and a really large hill to navigate your RV up and down when entering and exiting the park.
This campground is pretty primitive. There is only one loop with electric and within that loop, there is only one pull-through. Most of the sites are not shaded. The bathrooms and shower house are usually atrocious. One plus is that the electric sites are 50 amp. What makes up for the pretty rough camping are all the things to do there: hiking, canoeing, swimming, mill tours and the proximity to other national river way sites like Blue and Round Springs. For the camper who likes to rough it, you will love this campground. The rest of us just bear it so that we can be close to all the activity.
I camped here with my 1 year old daughter recently. Registration was easy, we just pulled up and someone greeted us immediately. We were shown to our site (full-hookup) which was mostly level. I did have to level our motorhome some. Most of the sites were paved. They had cabins, RV's, boats and golf carts to rent if you wanted. My daughter used the playground A LOT and it was very nice. They had a jumping pillow which looked very fun, although my daughter found playing in the sand around it more fun. They had an outdoor swimming pool with a water slide and a little "cafe" in with the gift shop. The "cafe" just sold pizza and ice cream, and maybe some homemade fudge if I recall. Truly my only complaints with the park were that the Branson Tour Helicopters went flying overhead every 15-20 minutes: it was very loud and annoying. But that is certainly not anything the park can do something about. We also had a pretty, shaded site, but the trees were so close we could not undo our awning. But I'll take shady on a hot summer day, over the awning any day. The staff were all very friendly. You put your trash out in the morning for them to take care of. There were laundry facilities and plenty of restrooms and showerhouses, but we didn't use them so I can't tell you what they were like. We throughly enjoyed our stay at the Branson KOA campground and would camp here again.