I have to thank my brother for the inspiration to go to Echo Bluff State Park in Eminence, Missouri. This park is filled with amazing amenities and gorgeous scenery. Our extended family met there for a fun afternoon of playing on the playground, wading in the crystal-clear river, and admiring the beautiful lodge. Unfortunately, the camping spots were booked on our weekend, so we weren’t able to spend the evening.
Our backup plan was camping at Alley Spring. This turned out to be a wonderful place for us. We enjoyed a secluded camping spot within walking distance to a swimming area that the kids loved.
“The rolling, forested landscape around Alley Spring is where two of America’s most beautiful spring-fed rivers combine to make up the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. As the first national park area to protect a wild river system, visitors are able to enjoy various water activities as well as hiking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing.” – recreation.gov
This campground has flush toilets and shower facilities available April 15 through October 15. Reservations can be made through recreation.gov.
Alley Spring Grist Mill Historic Site
After a night of smore making around the campfire, we packed up camp and went on one last family adventure. We hiked around Alley Spring Grist Mill Historic Site. The short loop was stunning.
You can learn more about the historical mill here.
I remember camping with aunts, uncles, and cousins growing up and I hope my girls will look back on this camping trip with equally happy memories. I highly recommend a camping trip to Eminence, Missouri. We can’t wait to go back!
Devil’s Den State Park is in West Fork, Arkansas which is a 35-minute drive from our home in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Devil’s Den State Park’s visitor center, picnic areas, and cabins are open all year. Overnight accommodations include full-service cabins, camper cabins, as well as a variety of camp sites. Visitors can check availability online. Devil’s Den State Park also features unique hiking trails that showcase the caves, bluffs, mountain views, and historic architecture within the state park. (Devil’s Den Map)
We wanted to take our puppy on our hike, so we picked a trail that was easy. The Lake Trail in Devil’s Den State Park was the perfect choice. It is a one-mile hike (out and back) on flat terrain.
The trail ultimately leads to Area E Campground. We turned around at this point and returned the way we came.
3 great trails at devil’s Den state park
This is our third hike in Devil’s Den State Park. Lake Trail was the easiest and shortest hike we’ve done. I also highly recommend Devil’s Den Self-Guided trail which is 1.5 miles and rated as moderate.