Family Camping Trip to Eminence, Missouri

Echo Bluff State Park

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.

Playground at Echo Bluff State Park
Splashing in Sinking Creek near Echo Bluff State Park
Echo Bluff

Alley Spring

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.

Campsites in Alley Spring Campground

“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.” –

Fishing in the clear stream

This campground has flush toilets and shower facilities available April 15 through October 15. Reservations can be made through

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.

Hike around Alley Spring Mill

You can learn more about the historical mill here.

Alley Spring Mill

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!


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