Accepts passport America so rate was discounted 50% for our two nites. Convenient to Mammoth Cave park. Wi-Fi works fine. Employees friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable of area attractions and businesses. Well maintained.
Stiff registration fee for MO State Parks. We camped in campground 1 of 3. Nice area, very shaded, and was unable to get satellite from our spot. Other spots would have been OK. A fish hatchery makes for an interesting attraction. Nice campground. A good stop if you want to catch some trout and almost a guarantee for fishermen with the hatchery here.
Flat open prairie. Wind never stopped while we were there but could be nice otherwise. Trees were not mature so wouldn't count as shady. Well spaced large sites. Lake level way down due to drought. An OK park. If you are traveling on I-70 check out a city park with hookups in Ellis. If we were to return to this area we would choose this one over Cedar Bluffs. Sheltered with mature trees, looked nice but we learned of it after.
Caution if you are not sure of where to find this park, especially coming in from the north on highway 75. There is a brown sign indicating a turn, which we took, and ended up way out of our way. The park is really in Independence not Elk City. When we got to Independence in a round about way, followed a turn sign and came to a T with no indication of which way to go. Had to call twice for help. But, it is a very nice park with nice grass and shade, level well spaced sites. Nice lake. Just beware of the signage.
Nice park. Holiday weekend so was crowded but not a problem for us. Hard to judge restroom cleanliness due to steady use. Fee structure is a bit complex. There's a $5 / day vehicle fee, a $3 transaction fee (one time), then the camping fee depends on your site. Expect around $20. Lots of grass and shady sites.
Pretty compact area. Tight negotiating road to site for our 35 foot RV. Was one or two sites nearer road for large rigs. Stayed only one night and was fine. Probably would not go out of our way to stay again.
Nice park, level sites well separated. Hiking trails well maintained. Headquarters was beyond the campground turnoff and it was difficult to get turned back around. Would camp there again. Relaxed and comfortable setting.
Was awkward to get trailer in the space. The post markers at adjacent sites added to difficulty. After getting in, had to re-locate as electric post was to far removed from the pad. Just had a bit of a run down feel to it. But free Wi-Fi worked OK and the laundry room washers and dryers are free to use which is a nice bonus. Restrooms were iffy.
Had a nice site, level, shaded, private. Hiking trails were good. A recent flood has devastated the areas near the creek. One visitor center building was closed and a large picnic area also closed for cleanup. Lots of downed trees. Quiet, although some road noise as we happened to picked a site near the road. Would camp here again.
Rate reflects parking our RV in a non electric site (used solar). Very peaceful park and well spaced locations. The WiFi is only available in certain locations but worked fine. We took the guided tour into the canyon area. It was interesting, well done, and worth the money. I think that it was $5. Hiked down to Panther Cave, nice view. Would camp there again.
A nice park that is shaded and grassy. It was a pleasant experience. Well marked and groomed hiking trails that are also used by bicyclists. Busy on the weekend but, there were few campers during the week. Easy to get into and out of park from the highway. Would definitely stay there again.