If you head south through Missouri, you’ll come to a spot where the wide, flat farmlands break into the misty green rolling hills of the Ozark Mountains. The Ozarks are not actually mountains, but a huge plateau that extends from southern Missouri into northern Arkansas, and parts of eastern Oklahoma and Kansas. Aside from its natural beauty, the Ozarks region offers lots of fun for everybody, including great motor home enthusiasts.
Lake of the Ozarks is the number one destination in the Ozark Mountains. This is because there’s so much do to: golfing, boating, hiking, water sports, fishing… the list goes on. There are places for shopping or dining in town, as well as state parks along the edge of the lake where you can get away from everything.
This is a great family-oriented vacation spot where you can have the best of everything. You can get a camping spot on the edge of a hill surrounded by trees, and it’s just a short drive to miniature golf, go-cart riding and water slides. There are lots of great water parks in the area, which are always a big hit with the kids.
There are several very popular motor home sites near the lake.
– Lazy River RV Resort in Eldon, Missouri. This campground is located on the Osage River, just a few minutes drive from the lakefront. They have hiking, water sports and golf just minutes from your camp site.
– Cross Creek RV Park. This is a big campground geared toward family fun, with lots of activities and amenities. They have more than 70 sites with full hook-ups, but it’s still a good idea to call ahead; it fills up in the summer months.
Branson – The New Home Of Country Music
For all you country fans out there, Branson is the new Mecca. But, not only does Branson have lots of shows, it has other great things to offer, like good food, museums, theme parks, and nightlife. Branson prides itself on having food from all over the world in its buffets, and lots to do once the sun goes down.
Of course, for lots of us, we’d rather cast a line into the lake and wait for a bite. Branson has great fishing too, some of the best in the United States. There are three good-sized lakes around the Branson area that have boat rentals, great fishing and water skiing.
For RV campers, there are lots of great places to stay around Branson. A few of the most popular include Branson Shenanigans RV Park, Branson View Campground and ABC Campground. Be sure to call ahead for reservations.
Get into the Wilderness – The Boston Mountains
If you want to get away from things, Arkansas’s Boston Mountains are spectacular. These lush, green mountains are a wonderful place to see in your motor home adventures, with lots of places to stop and hike, fish or take in the view. There is a Boston Mountains Scenic Loop that winds its way all through the beautiful mountain landscape, where you’ll see bare cliff-sides, trickling mountain streams, and bridges that soar above the mountain landscape.
The Overland RV Park offers some of the best motor home accommodations in the Boston Mountains, and there are lots of sights to see not far away, like Lake Fort Smith State Park and Lake Lou Emma Dam.
The Ozarks are a great place to experience real mountain culture, see pretty scenery and take the family out on some unforgettable adventures.