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Best Camping in Kansas City


The greater Kansas City area is packed with gorgeous outlooks, lakes, trails for hiking and biking, and scenic campgrounds perfect for sleeping under the stars. Here are some local favorite spots with unique activities you can safely enjoy this summer.


Blue Springs Lake

A fresh water reservoir just 17 miles from Kansas City, it’s the perfect location for camping, boating, canoeing, fishing and hiking while staying close to civilization. With 82 campsites you’ll be able to find the perfect spot to call home for the weekend!


Longview Lake

As Jackson County’s largest campground, it’s only 19 miles from Kansas City and features 113 campsites. If you grow tired of fishing, boating, or hiking, check out the Fred Arbanas golf course or the Frank White Softball Complex. 


Smithville Lake

If you are a fishing fiend, Smithville Lake is a must-visit for you this summer! Well-known for its bass, crappie, white bass, walleye and catfish fishing, it’s the perfect place to gather some great fishing stories to share with family and friends. Also included are horseback trails and swim beaches. 


To reserve a site at these three parks, go to https://www.makeyourdayhere.com/


Enchanted Oaks

If you’re looking to group camp this summer, check out Enchanted Oaks in Weston Bend State Park. Set in the forest with ample hiking trails, fishing and boating, picnic tables and paddle boards, you can reserve the 5 campsites for your group while keeping a safe distance. It’s the perfect spot if you’re looking for more of a private getaway. Make your reservation here.


Clinton Lake

Located near Lawrence, Clinton Lake is perfect for the adventurous camper. Whether you’re looking for a place to park the RV or interested in more primitive camping, you won’t run out of activities to do during your stay. Besides fishing and boating, Clinton offers mountain biking, archery ranges, swim beach and nature trails. Head to reserveamerica.com to claim your spot!


The Hitching Post

A charming campground with plenty of activities, the Hitching Post is right next to Hillsdale Creek Park. Not only does it boast great hiking and a peaceful atmosphere, but you can explore new activities such as throwing a tomahawk, knife or atlatl. Pets are allowed! Click here to make your reservation.