Table Rock State Park Campground (Branson, MO)
We left Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas to head for Missouri and a few more days of camping on our way back to Louisville. The day of the drive, we ended up with gray skies and drizzly rain all day long, which opened up into full-blown storms right about the time we drove into the campground.
Luckily, those storms cleared out in time for us to throw up the tent and have two amazingly beautiful spring days with bright blue skies, great temperatures, and plenty of sun.
Table Rock State Park is located about 15 minutes from Branson, MO, giving you easy access to nearly anything you want, from grocery stores to restaurants to shows. This is a very hilly, tree-laden area, as beautiful as the rest of the Ozarks. The area should certainly be on everyone’s bucket list.
The campground also offers easy access to Table Rock Lake Marina, as well as several boat ramps. You can rent a boat or bring your own. There are several biking and walking trails within the park, two paved and one unpaved. Unfortunately, the rains caused the closure of the unpaved off-road trail.
Table Rock offers three types of campsites – primitive, electric, and full hook-ups for RVs (electric, water, and sewer). They don’t offer the electric and water site that is the standard at most campgrounds. Nonetheless, water is available less than 50 feet from most sites at a community hydrant. Choose your campsite wisely and it’ll basically be in the backyard of your site.
Strong, fast wireless internet is available everywhere you go within the campground, making for a nice day working at the picnic table under the trees with squirrels running around (tormenting the dog, I might add).
Table Rock State Park also has very nice laundry facilities at $2 per washer load and $1.25 per dryer load. In the laundry facility we used while waiting for the pouring rain to stop so we could setup camp, the appliances were only a few weeks old and barely used.
The bathrooms at Table Rock are quite nice. The showers get very hot and have great water pressure. Even better, there’s soap at the sinks and hand driers on the wall. Unfortunately, the hand driers weren’t working in either the Men’s or the Women’s bathroom, so we had to remember to take a hand towel with us.
We had plenty of privacy, but that’s because the campground was mostly empty. We were sharing one half of the campground with 4 RVs. The sites are pretty large, though not especially wide. They’re mostly long. So if it’s a full campground, you will have people fairly close to you.
At $23 a night, the price is certainly right for what you get. It would be nice to have water at each individual site, but that’s a minor quibble. The available of great laundry facilities and wireless internet more than make up for it.