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“Beautiful Missouri spot”

Bennett Spring State Park
Ranked #1 of 24 things to do in Lebanon
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The valley that cradles Bennett Spring has created a place of peace and recreation that has welcomed generations of enthusiastic anglers. Bennett Spring State Park is one of Missouri’s earliest state parks and continues today to attract fishermen and nature lovers seeking to make new memories. More than 100 million gallons of clear, cool water gush from Bennett Spring each day and form a spring branch stocked daily with rainbow trout waiting for lucky fishermen. Fishing may be the main draw but the park also offers many other amenities such as a dining lodge, campgrounds, cabins and hiking trails. Whether you are a traditional fishing enthusiast or someone seeking a place to relax and refresh, Bennett Spring State Park has what you need to make every trip one to remember.
Reviewed July 28, 2013

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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Reviewed July 16, 2013

I grew up in the Lebanon MO area, and this place was an example of a "return to home. "The return trip was coupled by my brother's evening wedding in the park. It was a cool July night and the park allowed us to stay late into the night.
Clean up was a bit rough because of a lack of electricity and we had put up the generator. So we hoped it was as good as we found it after leaving.
My family has stayed in the cabins in the past. It's a great place to set in a canoe or trout fish.

1  Thank CRodden
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Nice park with lots of camping.. Very hilly terrain to most of tyhe campgrounds.. Park is nice and large and follows the spring.. Cabins are also available with a nice shop..

Thank Kyle C
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Reviewed July 1, 2013 via mobile

Only stopped to take a hike. Fishermen's heaven. Trails are full of ticks be sure to spray!!!! You can rent cabins and there is a lodge. Nice gift shop but expensive. Nice place to bring your family. Canoes,If I come thru this area I would stop again but would spray for ticks before starting on a trail. Trails are ok but not very well maintained.

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Reviewed June 11, 2013

We love going and hanging out for a day, weekend, or week. A great family vacation spot to connect with nature and catch some trout. The stream makes a great place to hang out and have a picnic or take a hike.

Thank Zane131
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