While Missouri is celebrated for its jazz, beer brewing and barbecue, it’s arguably one of the most underrated states when it comes to natural beauty – from sprawling forests and rolling prairies to underground caves. There’s plenty to appreciate and camping is the best way to immerse yourself in the state’s natural wonders. Whether you’re looking to experience life on an organic farm, or enjoy a luxurious glamping getaway, this is our pick of the best places to go camping in Missouri.
Interested in organic farming? Book a stay on this century-old working farm in the rolling hills of central Missouri. The farm – which grows organic fruit and vegetables and raises pigs, cattle and chickens – has been in the same family since the mid-19th century and features 180 acres (73ha) of pasture and secluded woods. The knowledgeable CampKeepers offer guests tutorials on gardening and raising livestock, farm tours and vegetables and meat for purchase. Nearby, you’ll find opportunities for canoeing, fishing, and hiking, as well as wineries and distilleries to explore.
Looking for a secluded campsite with access to some seriously good fishing? Pitch a tent at the Finley Riverfront Escape, a bare-bones campsite that boasts reams of wilderness, including sites on both sides of the Finley River. Claim a site directly on the pretty pebble beach, or for something more private, set up in the tall grass meadow by the entry. The river has plenty of fresh trout and bass and you can also go swimming, paddleboarding and kayaking.