We took an impromptu overnight trip to Bennett Spring State Park and really enjoyed ourselves!
Got in around 10am on a Saturday and checked-in at the campgrounds. Since the majority of the sites were booked on a day-to-day basis, the Ranger did not know whether there were any spots left. So we took a chance and did the 10.30am float hoping to have a spot vacant when we finish (check out for the camp sites was 2pm).
The float was maddening. We did go in the middle of July and the party floaters were in full force. It was my first time floating, so needless to say, it wasn't quite what I had expected. Forget tranquil and peaceful floating! But the river was beautiful and in the brief moments that there were nobody else around us, it really was gorgeous.
Even though the MO State Parks site says that there are no alcohol allowed while floating, there were plenty of that around. It prides itself as being a "family friendly" float - but parents beware. Lots of cursing and even some women acquiring "beads" along the way.
We finished our float in time to check on a camp site and managed to score one. Campground 5 was by far the nicest one out of the 5 sites (but #4 had the newer showers and bathrooms). We gotsome S'mores supplies from the store, bought some wood from the woodlot ($3 a bundle) and that made for a great evening. We didn't bring supplies to make our own dinner so we stopped by Hillbilly Burgers and thoroughly enjoyed that (get the Hillbilly Burger!).
Had the Sunday Brunch at the Lodge (around $10) and that was sufficient before we headed home. Check out the Nature Center (had a nice exhibit talking about the region), watch the folks fishing and make sure you drop by the Hatchery too!
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