Missouri's state parks have much to offer the camper from fishing, boating, hiking, wildlife viewing, historical sites, and more. Here is a list of top Missouri's state parks for campers:
Montauk State Park - The focal point of this Missouri state park is the headwaters of the Current River. The headwaters are generated when 40 million gallons of water from the Montauk Springs converge daily with water from the Pigeon Creek. This park was developed around the springs and is a hot spot for fishermen. The park hosts many fishing tournaments, wildflower events, and other events throughout the year.
Prairie State Park- This 4,000 acre park is a native prairie. Its grass covered, gently rolling landscape steals the hearts of everyone who camps there. The prairie's mixture of native grasses and flowers make the seasons explode with color. Favorite pastimes in this park include hiking, picnicking, observing wildlife and going on guided tours to learn plant identification.
Roaring River State Park- This state park is home to dozens of American bald eagles. The park covers 3,403 and the eagles love to sit in trees throughout the park, but especially around the park's stream. Their eagle eyes are watching for the rainbow trout that will make their next meal. Park officials keep this stream stocked with trout-for the eagles and the people. Activities at Roaring River include viewing wildlife, participating in water recreation, hiking the trails, and visiting the park's nature center.
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park- The big attraction to this Missouri state park is its 15 miles of trails. These trails meander through the park's 2,238 acres giving visitors the opportunity to view and explore caves, hillsides, prairies, sinkholes, and even a natural rock bridge.
Washington State Park- This state park may go by the name of Washington, but it's located in Missouri. This park was once the ceremonial ground for Indians. Campers can still see remnants of prehistoric Indian culture in this park, particularly rock carvings. This is a favorite park for campers who want to enjoy spring wildflower displays. The park features a trail, 1,000 Steps Trail, which takes visitors to a wonderful display of colorful flowers. The park's Big River is very active with campers enjoying canoeing, fishing, boating, and other water sports.
The following Missouri State Parks and Historical Sites take camping reservations: Arrow Rock SHS, Babler SP, Sam A. Baker SP, Bennett Spring SP, Big Lake SP, Crowder SP, Cuivre River SP, Finger Lakes SP, Graham Cave SP, Hawn SP, Knob Noster SP, Lake of the Ozarks SP, Lake Wappapello SP, Lewis and Clark SP, Long Branch SP, Meramec SP, Montauk SP, Onondaga Cave SP, Pershing SP, Pomme de Terre SP, Roaring River SP, Robertsville SP, St. Francois SP, St. Joe Sp, Stockton SP, Table Rock Sp, Thousand Hills SP, Trail of Tears STP, Harry S Truman SP, Mark Twain SP, Wakonda SP, Wallace SP, Washington SP, Watkins Woolen Mill SP/SHS, and Weston Bend SP.