Roaring River State Park is certainly one of the more scenic of the Missouri State Parks. This state park is filled with deep narrow valleys and surrounded by the Ozark Hills. The park is pretty large, covering an area of 2492 acres just south of Cassville, with other nearby towns including Washburn, and Eagle Rock. Search for an RV in Barry County and see for yourself what this beautiful landscape has to offer.
Early settlers were drawn to the area in the 1800s due to the scenic landscape and the fact the powerful streams could help power their mills. Today the park has miles and miles of hiking trails to enjoy, plenty of space for camping, and many other recreational activities that can either be enjoyed on dry land or in the fast-flowing Roaring River that runs through the park. You can learn more about the park in the insight nature center.
Eager anglers flock to go camping at Roaring River State Park every year to fish at Roaring River. It is one of the three state parks in Missouri that is regularly stocked with trout, making it a fishing hot spot. The stock of trout here helps the park differ from nearby sites offering bass and catfish during the summer months, and it is not unusual to see many fishermen on the banks of the river trying their luck for a catch of rainbow or brown trout. The fish cleaning station on site will come in handy here, so you can be ready for a tasty fish supper later.
With acres of scenic land to explore, it is hardly surprising that hiking is such a popular activity when Roaring River State Park camping. One of the most well-trodden trails, is the Eagles Nest Trail, a 2.6-mile loop trail that takes you right up to the banks of the river. Although relatively short, there are plenty of rocks and uneven tracks that can make the walk a little challenging. Another enjoyable trail is the Piburn Trail, which is very easy and will take you through a variety of habitats. One of the most challenging is the Fire Tower Loop Trail.
In the summer months, the Roaring River becomes an ideal place to cool off for the more daring swimmer. There are no lifeguards on duty around the river, so swimmers are advised to be careful. Another option for a swim is the Olympic sized swimming pool that can be found in the park. Centrally located in the park, it is open to the public and is great for swimming a few laps or spending hot days around the pool with family or friends when on a motorhome camping vacation.
Camping at Roaring River State Park
The state park RV campgrounds offer a wide range of camping options for travelers, and Roaring River State Park is no exception. There are some basic campsites, some that just have electric hookups and others that have electric, water and sewer connections. For those that want a little extra space, there are also the family campsites that are bigger. The sites are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Some sites may be able to be reserved in the day, and sites at campsite one that are reservable during the offseason.
There are three campsites in total at Roaring River State Park, and only campsite one is available all year round. There are both electrical and family facilities for state park RV camping, along with many amenities for a comfortable stay. Campground two is only open from February to October and also offers family and electric campsites, however, has few amenities with toilets and showers. Campsite three offers all types of campsites, and also have many amenities, including toilets, showers, laundry, and parking. There is also an organized group camp should you need a larger section.
Exploring the Area
Just over the border in Arkansas is the fascinating little town of Eureka Springs. One of the best ways to see the town is by one of the regular tram tours, which will take you all over the town. Along the way, you'll learn all about different historical landmarks and more about the history of the town itself. There are two stops on the tour, and the first is at the 1886 Cresent Hotel with the second at the beautiful setting of Grotto Spring. Early townspeople discovered this spring, and today it has been enclosed in limestone and ornamental stonework.
To learn more about the area that you are camping with an RV in, near Roaring River State Park, the Barry County Museum is a good place to start. The museum is home to a range of different exhibits, housed in a renovated schoolhouse. The exhibits change regularly, but some include the Military Hall, which is filled with relics from a range of wars, an old firetruck, a homemade loom from the Carlton family, and much more. It is a fascinating place to visit and will give you a great insight into the many events that took place on the land in and around the park.
A great family-friendly attraction is the nearby Promised Land Zoo in Branson. Many of the animals here have been rescued, and the zoo helps to provide and safe and caring environment for them. In addition to viewing the animals, visitors have the chance to see live animal shows, have a wander through Parakeet Paradise, with these colorful birds flying all around you, bottle-feed babies and head out on a foot safari. There is also the opportunity for some exclusive encounters and behind the scenes experiences where you can get up close to some beautiful creatures big and small.