Missouri History Museum

Photo Credit: Reelfoot Lake State Park (Tiptonville, TN)

Camping Along the Mississippi River Road

Pack the tent or hook up the RV, we’ve got some great choices for camping on the Great River Road. Campsites with Mississippi River views. Campsites on bike trails. Campsites with a swimming pool and restaurant nearby.  However you like it!


Prairie Island Campground (Winona, MN)

Camp store, gear rental (think bikes and kayaks), sandy beach, boat launch and a summer concert series along the mighty Mississippi.

Crow Wing State Park (Brainerd, MN)

Where the Mississippi and Crow Wing rivers meet. Be sure to climb the stairs to the Chippewa Lookout and check out the remains of a frontier town.


Photo Credit: Explore La Crosse

Goose Island Campground (Stoddard, WI)

On an island in the Mississippi, rent a canoe and hit up their marked canoe trail. Bait shop and fish cleaning house provided.

Sports Unlimited (Prairie du Chien, WI)

Maybe tent camping isn’t your vibe. Pull in your RV or rent one there. Swimming pool, golf, two restaurants a short walk away.


Rock Creek Marina & Campground (Davenport, IA)

Camping, cabins, boating, and fishing at this campground located on the backwaters of the Mississippi River.

Mud Lake Park (Dubuque, IA)

70% of campsites are reserved for ‘first come first serve’. Access to both Mud Lake and the Mississippi River. Bar and Grill on site.


Illiniwek Forest Preserve (Hampton, IL)

This preserve, hosts incredible views of the Mississippi River from its 60 RV camping sites including 5.5 miles of single track hiking and biking  trails. Located nearby is Le Claire Iowa, offering locally owned shops, restaurants, attractions and even a distillery and a brewery.

Fisherman’s Corner (Hampton, IL)

RV and tent camping with weekly educational programs in the amphitheater. Plus the Mississippi River Trail passes right by the campground.


Mark Twain Cave and Campground

(Hannibal, MO)

99 campsites and of course you gotta take the tour of the cave that inspired The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Cuivre River State Park (Troy, MO)

This state park is a short hop off the River Road. Primitive and modern campsites, sandy beach and the Ozarks in Northern Missouri.


Photo Credit: Kentucky State Parks

Columbus Belmont State Park (Columbus, KY)

Open year round and is on the Civil War Heritage Trail, the kids will love the Civil War museum.

Indian Camp Campground (Arlington, KY)

This campground has 21 miles of roads and trails for ATVs and horses. Primitive tent sites or hook the RV up. 


Photo Credit: Tennessee State Parks

Reelfoot Lake State Park (Tiptonville, TN)

In 1811 a series of earthquakes made the Mississippi River flow backwards for a short time and created this lake. The Cypress rising out of the water makes for a cool paddle.

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park (Millington, TN)

Over 12,000 acres in this hardwood bottomlands of the Mississippi. Most of the campground facilities are at the top of the Chickasaw Bluffs. 


Photo Credit: Arkansas State Parks

Mississippi River State Park (Marianna, AR)

Visitor Center, hiking trails and seven bodies of water for all your fishing, paddling and boating you care to do.

Tom Sawyer’s Mississippi River RV Park

(West Memphis, AR)

One bend upstream from the Memphis skyline and right on the water for watching the boat traffic glide by.


Grand Gulf Military State Park (Port Gibson, MS)

Grand Gulf is now a ghost town, which is cool enough to explore, but there’s also a museum and an observation tower.

Rivertown Campground (Vicksburg, MS)

RV park with pull through sites, a salt water pool, and Oh! They have free WiFi.


Lake Bruin State Park (St. Joseph, LA)

On a clear ox-bow lake of the Mississippi. Pleasure boating and water sports are popular on these 3,000 acres of water.

Peaceful Pines RV Park (St Francisville, LA)

An RV park with a swimming pool and a private stocked pond for fishing.