Camping in Branson

There’s something special about camping in Branson.

Fresh air, a cozy campfire, the sweet taste of s’mores — there’s no better way to enjoy a weekend getaway. Add to those attributes the beautiful natural surroundings of Branson and you’ve got yourself one awesome outdoor adventure!

Of course, there’s more to camping than just pitching a tent and stoking the fire. A great camping trip includes exploring hiking trails, a little fishing and perhaps a time to take in local culture.

Even if fall is in full swing, cooler temperatures shouldn’t dissuade you from taking a camping trip to Branson. While you’re en route and after you’ve set up camp, you’ll be wowed by the brilliant colors Mother Nature produces during the fall months in Missouri’s Ozarks.

And if there’s a little chill in the air at night, just throw an extra log on the fire and bundle up for a cozy and comfy night’s sleep. One of Branson’s most popular camping destinations is Table Rock Lake, which features two campgrounds (one open year-round, one open March-November). Trails around Table Rock State Park give your camping crew a great environment in which to explore the outdoors. Trails of varying lengths are open to hiking and biking, while the popular Table Rock Lake is one of Missouri’s top fishing destinations.

Elsewhere in the Branson area, Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area offers another great spot for camping, though sites are limited and must be reserved in advance. Once you set up camp, though, Busiek is a haven for bird-watchers, as 138 species have been recorded in this area. Busiek is also home to some 18 miles of trails; take your bike or your horse, the trails are open for bicyclists and horseback riding!

If you need a break from roughing it, head back into Branson to explore all the fun activities waiting for you. Year-round, your trip to Branson offers the opportunity to see live music shows, explore world-class museums, shop, enjoy fine dining, and to just relax and enjoy your time away.

So grab your camping gear and get ready for a trip to Branson, where fun beckons outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. And don’t forget to bring extra chocolate bars … you know those s’mores are going to be delicious.