5 Perfect Fall Camping Spots in Missouri

By Kerrie Hatcher

5 Perfect Fall Camping Spots in Missouri

Fall camping in the Show Me State provides great opportunity for leaf peeping, cozy fires, and the fresh crisp air in your lungs as you hike through the foliage. Does it get any better than that? No matter your camping needs, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for right here in beautiful Missouri. Here are five perfect fall camping spots. 

1. Taum Sauk Mountain State Park

Located in the St. Francois Mountains, this park is a beautiful and solitary spot to experience the Missouri outdoors. Although the campground here is smaller than some other spots in Missouri, it is great for fall camping due to the picture-perfect views of the surrounding countryside. Taum Sauk Mountain State Park offers 12 basic, walk-in campsites that allow for tent camping only. Pop-up and other trailers are not allowed.

2. Washington State Park

Washington State Park near De Soto, Missouri, is well-known for its incredible views of the Ozarks and prehistoric rock carvings, making it a perfect place for fall camping. Washington State Park offers basic and electric campsites as well as a family campsite for those who need a little extra room. With two playgrounds and an amphitheater located in the campground area, this park also provides campers with a little fun.

3. Weston Bend State Park

This great park is located not too far from Kansas City. Featuring incredible views of the Missouri River, Weston Bend State Park is a perfect spot to camp during the fall season. Weston Bend offers basic and electric campsites, as well as larger campsites for families needing more space. No matter the size of the group, campers can also enjoy the many picnic sites that are scattered throughout Weston Bend State Park.

4. Thousand Hills State Park

Thousand Hills State Park features two campgrounds that offer basic and electric sites. At the center of this state park is Forest Lake, which offers boating, fishing, and swimming opportunities. Campers young and old enjoy the interpretive petroglyph shelter here, as well as the wildlife and hiking trails. If camping in a cabin is more your style, check out one of the seven duplex cabins featured here at Thousand Hills State Park.

5. Wallace State Park

Situated an hour outside of Kansas City, Wallace State Park features a six-acre lake and four beautiful, scenic trails. The campsites here are family-oriented with walk-in sites, electric, and basic sites. During the fall, the lake is surrounded by stunning foliage. 

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