Hunnewell Conservation Area, Missouri – Some of the best things in life are still free!
With a little research you can find some pretty nice free camping areas. I found this one using a website called allstays.com. You click on the state you want to search and then click on “view statewide map” right above. You can use map filters to narrow down the options of what type of site you are looking for. Click on the campground to show more information about each place. The Apple and google free apps actually work much better and have better filter options such as, “free sites only.”
This campground is a real hidden gem. The campground is ran by the Missouri Conservation Department and has a fish hatchery operating on the grounds. You can camp free for up to 14 days. It offers real nice sized sites that include a picnic table and fire ring. They don’t have electric onsite, but do offer a free dump for your holding tanks and fresh water station on the grounds. When we pulled in the campground was empty except one lonely tent with no one around. Perfect!
There is also a beautiful lake for recreation with free boat use and a fish cleaning station. They don’t allow you to put your own boat in the water, but they have over a dozen boats they will let you use for free. There is also a nice covered fishing dock for your use. They also have 2 sets of bathrooms.
We got here on a Friday afternoon and were kind of worried that the place might be full for the weekend. Well, it was just us and 2 other guys in a tent the whole stay. There was fisherman and hunters coming through, but my guess is people just don’t like camping without the power and water hookups. This was the first week of October so I’m sure its busier in the summer. If you don’t mind off grid camping, this place is definitely worth checking out.