Review of Roaring River State Park Campground in Cassville, Missouri
April 2015 – 5 Nights
May 2010 – 2 Nights
The park is very large with three main camping areas and the atmosphere can be quite different depending on the loop that you camp in. We’ve camped in loop 2 and loop 1. I definitely prefer loop 1, where we stayed on site 36. The park is set up in the hills of southeast Missouri with the trout stream running through camp loops 2 and 3. You are surrounded by hills in most cases. Loop 1 is a single road that runs along a small creek with a hill across the creek and a steep cliff on the other side. On our first visit, we stayed on campsite 98 in loop 2, which is right across from the fishing stream. Our camping area was mostly open, with the perimeter of the loop surrounded by trees, with the trout stream on one side and the hills on the other side.
We had quite a bit of space between campsites on both of our visits. The kids had plenty of space to play and kick a soccer ball around. This is not the same for sites across the entire park though. The loop 3 electric sites are the most packed and I believe are non reservable. Loop 1 and 2 tend to have the most space between sites.
Campsite quality was good. Most campsites were older, paved back-in sites with grassy areas around them. We did have a fire ring, picnic table and lantern pole. On our second trip, we had a really nice picnic table with a pavilion roof built over it. Our site was also very level.
There is no mountain biking in the park, but Hobbs State Park and Slaughter Pen Trails in Arkansas are both within an hour drive.
There is some really nice family hiking trails at this park. Expect some elevation as they are in the hills, but the trails are well maintained. We still have a few of the trails left to cover on another trip. If you only do one short hike, I highly recommend the hike to the overlook of the trout rearing station.
There are no boating areas at the park, but I do believe you can float the stream past the park area.
Fishing is great. The park is set up for trout fishing and has a variety of areas along the stream to accommodate all types of fishermen from young kids to veterans. I am still learning how to fly fish, but still had good luck at this park. I’ve heard that most trout parks can be quite crowded, but I was able to fish first thing in the morning in the fly section and did not have much pressure from other fishermen. There are a variety of sections for fishing depending on what type of equipment you are using or if you like to wade or not. Other fishermen were very friendly and willing to offer advice. A few fishermen even handed their pole to my kids to reel their fish in for them. If you are new to trout fishing, this is a great park to go and get things figured out. The fishing areas are large, feel fairly natural and you will catch fish.
Our site was very large with plenty of area for kids to play and run around. Kids could ride their bikes in the loop you are in, but you have to go out on the main highway to get to the other campground loops. There are no playgrounds within the camping loops themselves, but there are two large day-use areas that have nice play areas for the kids. This is overall a great park to take your family to and we’ll most likely go back again. My kids had a blast.
We really had a great time here. I highly recommend planning a trip here if you want to spend some good quality time with your family doing some short hikes and going fishing. We pulled our camper about 700 miles to stay here the second time.
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