Riverside at Hollyhaven

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Riverside at Hollyhaven
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KristinalynRN
Joplin, MO1,718 contributions
Hidden Gem
Sep 2018 • Friends
We live about 30 minutes from Riverside at Hollyhaven and had heard mixed reviews about this place. We decided to give it a try for tent camping and we are so glad we did! Let me tell you about our experience.

We drove through the campgrounds with the owners permission twice before we made the decision to stay here. Some of the mixed reviews mentioned undesirable people and drug use. During our drives through the campgrounds we did not see either. I have no doubt if you were looking for trouble or drugs you might be able to find what you are looking for.....but if you are not then there are no issues. I believe that statement to be true in most public places. We booked our site for $10 a night per person for tent camping. The owner has 40 acres with some great primitive tent camping sites but only a couple of tent sites with water and electric. Be sure to call ahead if you need one of those tent water/electric sites. There are no fire rings or picnic tables so bring your own.

When you drive down the private drive there is a stop sign instructing you to stop, we were met pretty quickly by the owner Phil or his assistant each time we stopped there. I am not sure if there is an office in the house or not but we never needed to leave our car any time we stopped there. They can take debit cards but he stated cash was preferred. You drive past a nice new shower house with rock bathrooms and two nice rock shower rooms. There is not toilet paper in the bathrooms so be sure you bring your own wipes or TP each time you go. Beyond the shower house is about 4-5 campers that they rent out. These are vintage type campers we only saw one person coming and going from them, and she seemed very nice. I'm sure some people use this as transitional low income housing. We were a group of 5 woman and never once had any concerns. When you continue down the gravel lane (which is creek rock with some holes but my minivan handled it with no issues) you pass a concrete stage area where I think concerts may be held in the summer and the water access to the right. Riverside has MUCH better water access than Zans which is why we initial chose this place. A few more yards down is approx 5 RVs where people seem to live long term. We met a very nice older lady who's lived there for a year with her two small dogs. There were people in each RV who smiled and waved but we never met them. Seriously we had no issues and no concerns with anyone who was at the campground. It felt very safe. On down the lane from the RV's is open land along the creek that would make for great primitive camp sites.

We snagged a spot between the lane and the creek that had large mature trees for our hammocks, a fire pit area and grass for our tents. It was across the lane from a concrete pad for an RV so we used the water and electric with extension cords and a hose across the lane. Be sure to bring a hose because the water access is recessed and will not work without a hose. The site was across from Zans campground area so it was scenic to look across the creek at a peaceful campground or down the creek. The bridge is close to the campground so you will hear road noise day and night, but it was not overwhelming. We fished from our camp site and were just a few yards away from the water access for swimming and kayaking. The bathrooms were far enough way that we drove to them when nature called- no big deal for us.

There is a 5 dollar a day visitors fee, which they will require you to pay even if your party is only staying an hour or so. Business is business. They have a sign also that states there is a $1000 fine for having glass at the beach, be aware of that.

We had a great camping experience and will certainly go back again. Everyone was friendly and our site was perfect.
Written July 3, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Michael M
1 contribution
Lost everything in a fire
Mar 2019 • Couples
I recently lost everything in a house fire. I called riverside to rent one of their trailers for a couple weeks until I could find a new home. They turned me down because I have a dog. Nevermind the fact that it's an extremely well behaved dog and we have no place to go.
Written March 11, 2019
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KristinalynRN
Joplin, MO1,718 contributions
Hidden Gem
Sep 2018 • Friends
We live about 30 minutes from Riverside at Hollyhaven and had heard mixed reviews about this place. We decided to give it a try for tent camping and we are so glad we did! Let me tell you about our experience.

We drove through the campgrounds with the owners permission twice before we made the decision to stay here. Some of the mixed reviews mentioned undesirable people and drug use. During our drives through the campgrounds we did not see either. I have no doubt if you were looking for trouble or drugs you might be able to find what you are looking for.....but if you are not then there are no issues. I believe that statement to be true in most public places. We booked our site for $10 a night per person for tent camping. The owner has 40 acres with some great primitive tent camping sites but only a couple of tent sites with water and electric. Be sure to call ahead if you need one of those tent water/electric sites. There are no fire rings or picnic tables so bring your own.

When you drive down the private drive there is a stop sign instructing you to stop, we were met pretty quickly by the owner Phil or his assistant each time we stopped there. I am not sure if there is an office in the house or not but we never needed to leave our car any time we stopped there. They can take debit cards but he stated cash was preferred. You drive past a nice new shower house with rock bathrooms and two nice rock shower rooms. There is not toilet paper in the bathrooms so be sure you bring your own wipes or TP each time you go. Beyond the shower house is about 4-5 campers that they rent out. These are vintage type campers we only saw one person coming and going from them, and she seemed very nice. I'm sure some people use this as transitional low income housing. We were a group of 5 woman and never once had any concerns. When you continue down the gravel lane (which is creek rock with some holes but my minivan handled it with no issues) you pass a concrete stage area where I think concerts may be held in the summer and the water access to the right. Riverside has MUCH better water access than Zans which is why we initial chose this place. A few more yards down is approx 5 RVs where people seem to live long term. We met a very nice older lady who's lived there for a year with her two small dogs. There were people in each RV who smiled and waved but we never met them. Seriously we had no issues and no concerns with anyone who was at the campground. It felt very safe. On down the lane from the RV's is open land along the creek that would make for great primitive camp sites.

We snagged a spot between the lane and the creek that had large mature trees for our hammocks, a fire pit area and grass for our tents. It was across the lane from a concrete pad for an RV so we used the water and electric with extension cords and a hose across the lane. Be sure to bring a hose because the water access is recessed and will not work without a hose. The site was across from Zans campground area so it was scenic to look across the creek at a peaceful campground or down the creek. The bridge is close to the campground so you will hear road noise day and night, but it was not overwhelming. We fished from our camp site and were just a few yards away from the water access for swimming and kayaking. The bathrooms were far enough way that we drove to them when nature called- no big deal for us.

There is a 5 dollar a day visitors fee, which they will require you to pay even if your party is only staying an hour or so. Business is business. They have a sign also that states there is a $1000 fine for having glass at the beach, be aware of that.

We had a great camping experience and will certainly go back again. Everyone was friendly and our site was perfect.
Written September 16, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Cindy H
Raytown, MO1 contribution
Enjoyable for the bucks
Jul 2016 • Family
Floating down the river is refreshing.the owners are very nice and helpful.lots of places to explore.weve camped there 3 or 4 times,and have never been disappointed.better and cheaper and more pleasant then sans
Written June 26, 2017
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streetminister1966
1 contribution
Move in
Aug 2016 • Friends
Great place. Plenty of fishing and swimming. Even a little spelunking. Close to highway and the people that run it very friendly and laid back.
Written August 29, 2016
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Josh F
Joplin, MO49 contributions
cool spot
Jun 2015 • Friends
Way better than Zans campground. BYOB beer, hang out with friends, go walk and swim around, meet new people, and listen to music if there's band playing. It gets packed and pretty wild in the summer so be prepared for drunken fights and topsless girls.
Written September 14, 2015
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Sharibaby2
Folsom, CA19 contributions
Cliff side at Riverside!
Feb 2014 • Solo
After visiting the falls, take a very short drive up the road for more exploring and photo ops. Parking is across from the entry to the trail and at no cost. When entering the trailhead, take the dirt trail immediately to the right and continue a short way. The river is down below with some awesome cliffs to look over. There are cracks and crevasses to traverse if you have good hiking shoes. Not a long adventure but unique and worth the short walk.
Written February 26, 2014
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