The temperatures are finally balmy, the world is green again – time for some quality one-on-one with Mother Nature. Where to go? These 16 rustic spots in Missouri are the crème de la crème. You’ll definitely want to check out the views at No. 14!
1. Bennett Spring State Park
Let the whisper of the passing spring lull you into a relaxed state. Bennett Springs offers top-notch trout fishing and canoeing. The surrounding park offers scenic hiking.
2. Finger Lakes State Park
Pitch a tent in this mid-state natural haven. You won't want to miss swimming in the 1.5-mile, crystal clear lake.
3. Montauk State Park
This is another top choice for trout fishing - the park's waters are regularly stocked. You also can hike one of the park's beautiful trails.
4. Silver Mines
This large campground has a whopping 75 campsites, each with a lantern post and fire ring. Kayak, canoe and swim in the nearby St. Francis River, or go for a hike and enjoy the riverside views.
5. Lake Wappapello State Park
Go old-school and pitch a tent, or rent out a more luxurious cabin. Explore trails by foot or by steed, canoe or kayak the lake or fish for a fresher-than-fresh catfish dinner.
6. Pomme de Terre State Park
This expansive camping site offers more than 200 campsites. Play in the lake, hike on the trails, or just enjoy being away from it all.
7. Roaring River State Park
This one's perfect for avid trout fishermen. The well-stocked fishery is located in picturesque setting. Whether you prefer tent or cabin, you'll be happy here.
8. Cuivre River State Park
Perfect for St. Louis city folk wanting to escape, this park features trails winding through a variety of terrain, a lake and plenty of camping and picnicking areas.
9. North Fork Recreation Area
Find it all here: boating, hiking, fishing, canoeing and picnicking.
10. Klondike Park
Enjoy this park's 250 scenic acres. Hike or bike its paved trails and enjoy expansive bluff views of the Missouri River Valley and Katy Trail.
11. Graham Cave State Park
Experience history in the excavated Graham Cave, hike scenic trails, boat or fish in the Loutre River and kick back in its quiet campgrounds.
12. Mark Twain National Forest
Rough it in the Mark Twain National Forest, which offers more than 750 miles of hiking, as well as fishing, canoeing and more.
13. Sam A. Baker State Park
This spot is popular for a reason - its setting near the St. Francis River and Big Creek is breathtaking. Whether you need an easy level or something more challenging, there are trails to suit everyone here.
14. Taum Sauk Mountain State Park
Adventure junkies will love climbing to the top of Taum Sauk Mountain, which is the highest point in the state.
15. Big Spring
This beautiful area is part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Although there are opportunities for hiking and horseback riding, the water is the main attraction: swim, canoe, tube, kayak or fish.
16. Washington State Park
Take in picturesque views along this park's trails. Swim or fish in the Big River and explore the 1930s-era buildings.
Are you inspired yet to get outside and enjoy the simpler life for a day, a weekend or even a week? Did we miss your favorite campsite? Let us know!