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Old 03-28-2009, 12:57 PM
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We're moving to MO and want to check out several areas before we decide exactly which city best suits us. We are very outdoors people and would like to spend our time in the Springfield area camping. If anyone knows of a state or national park near town please let me know. The closest I've found is Table Rock over 1 hr away. We want to be closer to check out neighborhoods and such. Also any reasonably priced private campground (NOT KOA's $25-$35 per night) would be great. We own undeveloped property that we camp at about 2-3 hrs away but it's to far to any major cities.
Also what is the best school in Springfield? I've heard Glendale H.S. but don't know what area that covers. I'm more concerned about grade school anyway. Any info is helpful.
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Old 03-29-2009, 02:43 PM
Location: Fulltiming in RV; currently in Springfield, MO
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Do you have an RV? If so, I can highly recommend Ozark Highlands --- it's a regular mobile Home/RV park on South Glenstone, right next to WalMart and a lot of shopping. I've been here 6 months because I am full-timing in my RV and have friends and relatives in the area. We've had some illness in the family, so this is easy for me. At any rate, I know it's not exactly what you asked for, but I can certainly vouch for it as a good place to stay. There are a number of RV folks who come and go through here and it's a quiet place that is well-managed.

I agree it's wise to become familiar with an area before you settle. This is a great way to do it. I grew up in Michigan, moved to Colorado in my 30's for 15 years and spent the last 18+ years in SoCal. I must say, you will love Springfield. I never considered Missouri part of "the South" but it's Southern ways have certainly impressed me.

Let me know if you end up here. I'd love to meet you in person.
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Old 03-29-2009, 02:45 PM
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There is plenty of Free or Low Cost through the Conservation Department.I'm an hour from Springfield,there is nice Primitive camping across the road from me at Lead Mine CA.Nice Camp sites with Fire Ring and Toilet.Mennonite Stores close by.

As far as schools I always like Willard,not in Springfield but close by.

Go to Conservation Areas Southwest Region

Missouri Department of Conservation

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Old 04-14-2009, 07:07 PM
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Thanks for the info. As far as what we're camping in I'm not sure. We've always tent camped. But are considering a popup or older travel trailer very small. We're not coming that way until May sometime not sure of exact dates yet. DH got laid off so we're going to do some traveling and job hunting same time. He has already gotten job offers from a place in Iowa (to far north) and KC KS way to big of a city. We want a small to medium sized town for a quiet laid back outdorrsy type of life. That's why we're considering Springfield.
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Old 04-14-2009, 09:21 PM
Location: Springfield Missouri
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Chadwick is 30 minutes drive time from Springfield. Tent camping is free or full service hook-up is reasonable priced. Mostly ATV and motorcycle riders there but come on down.
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:31 AM
Location: sw springfield
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we camp at stockton lake which is about an hour from springfield or Cape Fair which is at table rock lake about 30-45 mins from springfield, both are state campgrounds so prices are reasonable, you can go on mo.gov and find all of the campgrounds there. We sold our big trailer and down sized to a camper shell for our truck, this way we can still pull our boat and have a dry place to sleep. we use a screen tent to put over our tables, of course it is just the hubby and I and the 2 little dogs, so we are usually quite comfortable. Just be sure to have plenty of tick and bug spray on hand. Enjoy
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Old 07-12-2009, 09:46 PM
Location: republic
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There is an awsome place to camp in Powell Mo. Ice cold water, canoe, tubes, trout fishing. Electric and water sites. We camp in the no electric area. They have showers and bathrooms. We take the kids and mini-dachshunds tubing, we float about a mile on tubes. The place is called Creekside
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