When I headed into southern Missouri I originally planned on staying at the Escapee's Turkey Creek Village campground in Branson. They always had space for me in the past so I didn't bother calling ahead for a reservation. The campground there is on Turtle Creek which is normally a placid body of water, key word in this sentence is "normally", because southern Missouri had been undergoing severe flooding and Turtle Creek was no exception. As I pulled up to the Escapee's driveway there was a chain stretched across the driveway and it was evident the permanent residents had evacuated the Village which was a good thing as half the campsites were under water. In the four years I've been full-timing one thing I've learned is to stay flexible, so I searched Google Maps for "state park near me" and luckily Table Rock State Park was only five miles from the Escapee Village, so I drove there.
|The trail head for one of the two main trails at the park.|
I've always been impressed with the quality of Missouri's state parks and Table Rock didn't disappoint me. Here's the park's data sheet:
Hookups: 30 & 50
amp, water sewer
Fire ring: Yes
Water Access: Yes
Fresh Water: Yes
Trash Service: Yes
Dump station: Yes
Level sites: Yes
Verizon reception: 4G,
Internet reception: 3 of 4 bars
Cost: $18 per
The rains had finally moved on during the last couple days of my 3 day stay at Table Rock so I got a chance to deploy the Mini's awning for the first time.
|Typical Table Rock campsite with a water view.|
Along with campsites there was a rent-able Yurt for the campers who come to Table Rock sans RV.
|I'm actually using the gas grill in the picture more than I thought I would.|
The park even has it's own outdoor amphitheater where rangers give nature talks (among other things).
|Nice deck! Would have been interesting to see inside.|
Anytime I can stay at full-service state parks for under $20 a night I'm more than happy! Table Rock State Park represents some real value for what you get (I even did a load of laundry for $3.50 wash/dry!) and is another really nice member of the Missouri State Park system. If you were visiting Branson for all the entertainment venues consider camping at Table Rock State Park as a low-cost lodging alternative.
|Shakespeare under the stars, anyone?|| |
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