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Residing in Missouri's Ozark region is Taum Sauk Mountain State Park, the highest point in the state. Many people rent an RV in Iron County for this reason alone, but the park offers so much more than just a lofty elevation.
Taum Sauk Mountain State Park is rather secluded, although the towns of Lesterville, Farmington, and Annapolis are all easily reachable, meaning you have a good chance of having a lot of it to yourselves, especially if you are camping at Taum Sauk Mountain State Park during the offseason.
The majority of people that visit Taum Sauk Mountain State Park camping only have one thing on their mind, to reach the highest point, which sits at 1772 feet. Although steep, it is a very doable hike, with some stunning viewpoints along the way to help take your mind off the climb. As you walk, the sight of the Saint Francois Mountains that surround you will take your breath away. The majority of the path is paved, meaning that it is quite accessible to most, with a lot of elevation change already achieved on the drive up.
For those that don't want too much of a walk, much of the ascent can be achieved by a vehicle as part of a scenic drive. You'll pass through the Saint Francois Valley in your RV rental as also though several small towns and forested regions, with a good chance of seeing some of the local wildlife.
Another great trail to explore on your motorhome camping trip is the Mina Saul Falls Trail, which is a 2.9-mile loop. There are quite a few rocky sections on this trail, meaning that it is rated as a bit harder than the summit trail, yet the state's highest waterfall is waiting for you at the end. The falls are the most dramatic during the wetter spring months. If you are looking for more trails, you could press on to the Devil's Tollgate, a unique rock formation that has formed from the volcanic rock the park sits on.
Although there is a campground at Taum Sauk Mountain State Park, it is for tent camping only, so those that want to go camping with an RV tend to use one of the nearby campgrounds. Stanton / Meramec KOA is a relatively small campground compared to usual KOA campgrounds, but it is big in terms of friendly customer service. There is an on-site cafe that you can either eat in or take the food back to your RV rental, a games room, and a swimming pool. There are several community fire pits scattered around the park, and there are also fishing facilities and a dog park.
The Rafting Company Camping and RV Resort is another good option when renting an RV in the area. The RV sites here are large, with enough room to also put up a tent, and some of them are also waterfront. Sites are equipped with electric, water, and electric, or sewer, water, and electric hook-ups depending on your needs and preferences, plus there is a dump station located on-site.
One of the many must-visit attractions in the area is the Bonne Terre Mine, as it allows you to become an underground explorer and investigate the sight of the old mine. It has been named America's best underwater attraction and is the world's largest freshwater diving resort. There is over 100-foot visibility, meaning you'll have clear views of the many underwater sights, such as staircases, oil carts, scaffolding, an elevator shaft, and much more.
For those traveling with kids, Hydro Adventures is a great place to visit. There are a huge number of pools and slides that are suitable for all ages such as the Twisted Six, Crashing Wave Bay, and Easy River. There are a lot more than just water-based attractions, as the center is also home to mini-golf, go-karts, an arcade, and laser tag. No matter the weather or time of year, it is always a great time to visit, with plenty to keep a range of ages entertained.
A bit more of adult activity is a visit to Edge Clif, Vineyard, Winery, and Brewery. By visiting, you'll be able to enjoy a true Missouri experience. Go for a wine and craft beer tasting tour which is offered all year round or bring a picnic and enjoy some food surrounded by some of the state's most beautiful countryside. When the weather gets a little colder, you can move into the cozy interior, and sip on some warming wine in front of a roaring fire. If there is a wine you particularly like while on your tasting, pick up a bottle to enjoy in your RV rental.