The Best in Tent Camping - Missouri and the Ozarks: A Guide for Campers Who Hate RVs, Concrete Slabs, and Loud Portable Stereos

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The Best in Tent Camping: Missouri and the Ozarks guides you to the quietest, most beautiful, most secure, and best-managed campgrounds in Missouri and the Ozarks. Painstakingly selected from hundreds of campgrounds in Missouri and Arkansas, each campsite is rated for beauty, privacy, security, spaciousness, and cleanliness. Whether you are a native of the area in search of new territory or a vacationer on the lookout for that dream campground, this book unlocks the secrets to the best tent camping that Missouri ...

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The Best in Tent Camping: Missouri and the Ozarks guides you to the quietest, most beautiful, most secure, and best-managed campgrounds in Missouri and the Ozarks. Painstakingly selected from hundreds of campgrounds in Missouri and Arkansas, each campsite is rated for beauty, privacy, security, spaciousness, and cleanliness. Whether you are a native of the area in search of new territory or a vacationer on the lookout for that dream campground, this book unlocks the secrets to the best tent camping that Missouri and the Ozarks have to offer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897325820
  • Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Series: Best Tent Camping Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 989,687
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Henry grew up on a farm in the rolling hills of central Kansas, spending much of his youth working under the blue skies of the plains. After earning Bachelor's degrees in Marketing and Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University, he served a seven-year sentence in the offices of an insurance company. Missing the outdoor life, he escaped in 1985 to cycle across the continent twice, including one trek from Anchorage Alaska to Key West, Florida. Since then he has organized triathlons, led bicycle and backpack tours, written articles for Cycle St. Louis (a local bicycling publication), and enjoyed many camping trips.
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With more than 5,000 caves, Missouri has more subterranean beauty than any other state. And Onondaga Cave State Park has one of the most beautiful of these caverns. In 1900 a mining company bought the cave and planned to mine onyx and banded calcite. Fortunately for us, the project proved too difficult and this beautiful cave next to the Meramec River remained undamaged.

Onondaga Cave opened to the public during the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. It became an especially popular attraction when Lester Dill operated it in the 1950s. Before he died in 1980, Dill hoped the cave would become a state park. In 1981, through purchase by the Nature Conservancy and a subsequent transfer to the Department of Natural Resources, Onondaga became Missouri's newest natural gem.

The campground at Onondaga is especially laid-back for a state park. You can choose either an open and grassy camping loop next to the Meramec River or a more shady and secluded loop away from the stream. Sites 1-17, where all the electric sites are located, are in the riverside loop. Although only a few sites here are shady, a cooling dip in the Meramec River is only a few feet away. All sites are level and spacious but not very private. Grassy and open, they are best for campers with several tents.
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Table of Contents

Missouri and the Ozarks Campgrounds Key vii
Missouri and the Ozarks Campgrounds Locator Map viii
Map Legend x
Preface 1
Introduction 2
State and County Parks 7
Arrow Rock State Historic Site 8
Cuivre River State Park 11
Hawn State Park 14
Klondike Park 17
Meramec State Park 20
St. Francois State Park 23
Sam A. Baker State Park 26
Taum Sauk Mountain State Park 29
Trail of Tears State Park 32
Wallace State Park 35
Washington State Park 38
Weston Bend State Park 41
Ozark National Scenic Riverways 45
Alley Spring 46
Bay Creek 49
Logyard and Gooseneck Primitive Campgrounds 52
Powder Mill 56
Pulltite 59
Round Spring 62
Two Rivers 65
Mark Twain National Forest 69
Berryman Recreation Area 70
Big Bay Recreation Area 73
Brazil Creek Campground 76
Council Bluffs Recreation Area 79
Deer Leap and Float Camp Recreation Areas 82
Dry Fork Recreation Area 85
Greer Crossing Recreation Area 88
Hazel Creek Campground 91
Lane Spring Recreation Area 94
Loggers Lake Recreation Area 97
Marble Creek Recreation Area 100
Markham Spring Recreation Area 103
McCormack Lake Recreation Area 106
North Fork Recreation Area 109
Paddy Creek Recreation Area 112
Pine Ridge Recreation Area 115
Red Bluff Recreation Area 118
Silver Mines Recreation Area 121
Sutton Bluff Recreation Area 124
Watercress Spring Recreation Area 127
Buffalo National River 131
Kyles Landing 132
Lost Valley 135
Rush 138
Steel Creek 141
Tyler Bend 144
Ozark National Forest 147
Blanchard Springs Recreation Area 148
Gunner Pool Recreation Area 151
Haw Creek Falls Campground 154
Redding Campground 157
Richland Creek Campground 160
White Rock Mountain Recreation Area 163
Appendixes 167
Appendix A Camping Equipment Checklist 169
Appendix B Sources of Information 171
Appendix C Suggested Reading and Reference 173
Index 175
About the Author 180
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2011

    Highly recommend!

    This book was very informative book. We are using this book to help plan our weekend camping trips for next summer. We even checked out some of places that we near by, and the book is right on in it's recommendations. I do like this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2010

    Great book!!!

    Very detailed. I would highly recommend this book!

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