If you’ve read through any of the articles on this website, you’ll already have some idea of why the Ozarks are such a great place to visit. These mountains are home to some of the most beautiful sights in the whole of the USA, attracting flocks of visitors every day as well as continuing to delight those lucky few who call this area their permanent home. With such an abundance of natural beauty on all sides, the Ozark mountain range is the perfect place for a spot of camping. Whether you’re interested in forest bathing, hiking, fishing, canoeing, birdwatching or any other outdoorsy activity, camping is the best way to truly immerse yourself in the experience.
Still not convinced? Allow us to offer up some of the best points about why the Ozarks is the perfect location for your next camping vacation.
A Great Community…
First and foremost, the people of the Ozark region are what make it such a welcoming and enjoyable place to visit. Steeped in a history of storytelling and traditional crafting skills, nowadays many Ozark people work in the tourism industry for the area. Tourism is the fastest growing economy in the Ozarks and one which brings a lot of wealth into the region. It tends to focus on preserving and celebrating the local culture and traditions, introducing visitors to everything that makes this part of the world such a special place. Although you may come from the same country, if you’ve never visited the Ozarks before then you might discover a whole new way of living that you didn’t realise was right on your doorstep.
… Alongside Some Welcome Peace & Quiet
However, whilst getting to know the local people and their customs is rewarding in its own right, many people visit the Ozarks for the peace and quiet. Whether you’re stopping in a cabin, an RV or a tent, this is the perfect place to get away from it all for a while. Travelling solo has its perks, but then so does a getaway with your closest loved ones. Whichever choice you opt for, be sure to pack plenty of indulgent activities and favourite entertainment to occupy you during your trip. With modern technology being what it is, camping doesn’t necessarily have to mean giving up all mod cons. Once you’ve finished exploring for the day, there’s nothing better than kicking back with a specially chosen book on your e-reader, or trying your hand at a range of games via your phone or tablet. You could even dive deep into your favourite music via streaming apps, or access a guided meditation for the ultimate relaxation session.
Whichever location you end up at in the Ozark range, you’re guaranteed to have a showstopping view directly outside your tent door. You can choose from a lakeside pitch, a spot right by the woods, or even a site located next to musical waterfalls. The landscape in this region truly is Nature at her finest; no matter whether you prefer leafy green vegetation, rough and rugged rock formations, or the glassy still surface of a great lake, there is something to fit everybody’s taste. The only problem is deciding which exquisite location you want to get out into first. One of the best ways to sit and soak up your surroundings is to pack a picnic and take off for either a known beauty spot or a hidden idyll – this way, you get to enjoy a tasty lunch as you absorb the natural beauty all around you. It’s the perfect activity for individual travellers, couples and groups and should always be included in your holiday itinerary.
Tons of Fun Activities
Speaking of great activities though, there is plenty going on in the Ozarks for the eager camper to take part in outside of self-made fun. Rock climbing, swimming, canoeing and kayaking, fishing, hiking, birdwatching, trail walking, star gazing and exploring all the native animals of the area are just some of the exciting, engaging endeavours you can take part in during your trip. The wider Ozark area is home to free-roaming bison, deer, otters, beavers, chipmunks and bats and these are just some of the creatures that you might spot if you’re lucky enough. There are also slightly more impressive animals around, like black bears, cougars, bobcats and even birds of prey, though you’ll want to keep a respectful distance from these predators if you do come across them. There are also rare birds, like Swainson’s Warbler and American bitterns, around and about, just waiting for an eager birdwatcher to catch them in their binoculars’ sights. Even the less dedicated twitcher will find belted kingfishers, green backed herons, peregrine falcons and screech owls populating the wide skies and waterways.