Branson Campground Scouting

Bull Shoals Lake near Forsyth, MO

We are planning an end of school year / beginning of summer long weekend in Branson. Being only half an hour away, we spent a long morning in March driving to various campgrounds to take notes and see what they were like, and if they would be a good fit for our family to try.

We prefer a pool, but being early summer are fully anticipating that it will be freezing (our 7 year old won’t mind). We also need full hookups and prefer a bit of a scenic facility, and a bonus if we can ride bikes there. This is a lot to ask for, but fortunately, Branson has dozens of campgrounds to choose from.

We visited the following:

Shadow Rock – Only a few full hookups, and they were super close together in a gravel lot, awesome water-only sites near the lake, still recovering from flood damage, good for bikes, playground, public facility, $14 and up

Branson Jellystone – Full hookups, small pool, playground, bounce pad, cabins, not as scenic / wooded campsite, could bring bikes depending on what part of the campground you’re in, in Forsyth – farther from Branson than others, most expensive at $60 and up

Branson Lakeside – Full hookups, campers were right on top of each other – too close for us, right on Lake Taneycomo, right by the Branson Landing, definitely no bikes, boat rentals, no playground or pool, had fishing docks, sites $32 and up

Compton Ridge – Full hookups, cabins and lodge, indoor and outdoor pool, facility looked dated and not in great shape (it’s still early in the season), huge campground, playgrounds, awesome little decks at each sites with picnic tables, too hilly for bikes, cabins and rv sites interspersed (good for if we travel with another family), sites $43 and up

Branson KOA – Full hookups, cabins, tent, and rv sites, pool, paved roads (maybe a little steep for bikes), close to town, well-kept grounds, sites start at $34

Silver Dollar City Wilderness – Full hookups, INCREDIBLE looking cabins (look just like the old time buildings at SDC), well-kept grounds, free shuttle to SDC, pool and playground, wouldn’t bring bikes (gravel on road), out of town – near SDC, sites start at $29

Stagecoach Campground – Full hookups,  small pool, almost all gravel and very little grass, few trees, would want to be on the outer edges, restaurant on site, playground, sites $25 and up

Oak Grove RV Park – Full hookups, nicely paved but too steep for bikes, tiny playground, seemed geared toward retirees, no pool, nice wooded campground, sites $43 and up

Prior to having a camper, we’ve tent camped at Old 86, Cricket Creek, and Long Creek along Table Rock and Josh is leaning toward those for our early summer trip. I still definitely want to try a weekend at the Branson KOA and the SDC Wilderness. They seemed the most well-kept and best fit for our little family.

I will be sure to update as we explore and stay at many of these.

What are your favorite campgrounds in the Branson area?



2 thoughts on “Branson Campground Scouting”

  1. Wow! Great list of campground options for Branson. We have stayed at a couple of those. We’ve stayed at Branson Lakeside several times with my in-laws. It’s great for fishing at the lake and biking to the Landing, but it doesn’t really have a great atmosphere. We stayed at Compton Ridge with some free nights they offered, trying to get us to buy their timeshare. The bathhouse was terrible. I liked the sites in the woods, but wasn’t impressed with the campground overall.

    Our favorite is Old 86. Hard to beat those views, even though it isn’t convenient to town!


    1. Hi Kerri, Thanks! We’re going to be at Old 86 this weekend. We’ve stayed there more than anywhere else over the years in our tent camping days. Our little camper has tiny grey and black tanks which makes us really prefer full hookups, but 86 is certainly the best on the lake!


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