15.8 miles from Clearwater Lake
Unplug - The Happy Camper is the escape you’ve been meaning to take. Meander a two-lane backroad in the Ozark Mtns of southeastern Missouri where you’ll find this tree-shaded glamper and huge outdoor kitchen/patio snuggled into the pines on the edge of a grassy meadow, a short walk to a crystal clear stream.
Wake up to sunlight and birdsong filtered through towering trees, see millions of stars in a zero-light-pollution sky, enjoy a private campfire with a load of free firewood, 1 minutes walk to the creek for fun wading, crawdad chasing or quiet contemplation.
All this PLUS a huge outdoor kitchen/patio with living/dining space, both open-air and screened areas. (water in outdoor kitchen sink closed in winter, indoor sink available)
The Happy Camper is a 60’s-vibe privately-situated glamper bringing you all the fun of camping in the woods, with NONE of the hassle: 1 queen bed, 1 twin bed, and 2 twin air mattress if needed, full bath, hot shower, coffee service, outdoor kitchen with sink, stovetop and oven (NOTE: outdoor kitchen sink is closed in winter, indoor kitchen sink available), full-sized fridge inside camper, gas grill with free gas tank, and big tables where the family can spread out for meals or an evening playing one of many board or card games provided.
The creek is a short 25yd walk through the forest. Kids love the little fish and crawdads, please catch and release. Chairs are provided creekside.
Whippoorwills, mourning doves, hoot owls, tree frogs, crickets, fireflies, eagles, bats, butterflies, wildflowers and 1000’s of other woodland happenings can be heard and observed around The Happy Camper in the warm months. In the cooler months the foliage is fabulous, the sky is brilliant, winter birds feed at the feeder, eagles overhead, bats, hoot owls, screech owls, fox, rabbits, raccoons and other woodland creatures. Hiking is spectacular in winter as you can see for miles and miles from the vistas.
Roasting sticks for marshmallows or hotdogs are provided if you want to cook over the fire in your private firepit. Or you can use the outdoor kitchen with cooktop and oven for easy meals. The camper has a kitchenette with full-sized fridge, microwave, coffee pot, toaster, blender, coffee service, sink, and dining space.
We are an unplugged place with no cell phone service or wifi, but your cell phone will work at the top of the hill (2 min drive) and both cell service and internet are available in Annapolis (5 min drive).
We homesteaded this eight acres in the forest a few years ago, and have three privately situated rentals in the woods: The Happy Camper, Cabin on the Creek, and Creekside Cottage. Each are hidden in the trees, however you might or might not see another human during your stay.
You have 50+ yards of creek to yourself, signs to show path and your designated area of the creek.
There are 100’s of nature-lover things to do in this area within a few minute’s drive: Mina Sauk Falls, Taum Sauk State Park, Clearwater Lake, K Bridge Recreation Area at Black River Annapolis, Big Creek, Black River, Marble Creek State Park, Sam A. Baker State Park, Elephant Rocks State Park, Johnson Shut-Ins State Park, Rocky Falls, St. Francis River, Blue Spring, Big Spring, Round Spring, Alley Spring, Amaden State Park, Pickle Springs State Park, Mill Spring Gardens, Silver Mines Park and 100’s of miles of the Ozark Trail with multiple trailheads only a few miles from The Happy Camper.
If you’re not a nature freak, no worries, you can spend your days antique shopping in the nearby towns of Fredericktown, Ironton, Farmington and Caledonia, along with some great diners and restaurants. Or you can completely relax in the solitude and serenity of The Happy Camper. Great reading nook in the camper with big pillows and great view of the meadow. Or sit on the porch and enjoy the meadow view with many woodland birds, critters and deer.
Inside the Happy Camper you’ll also find a list of nearby hidden gem swimming/fishing areas, low water bridges, railroad bridges and more. Plus we provide a written guide for a one-day natural springs tour, and restaurants in the area.
Food is available at local mini mart, burgers at liquor store, snacks at Dollar General. Plus a medical clinic, heli-pad emergency service, gas station, hardware store, automotive center, a couple of liquor stores and a great local “dive” burger joint (eat outside if your kids are under 21, it’s also a liquor store). If you want to float or kayak Black River, we have a local outfitter, Jeff's Canoe Rental, just ten minutes from The Happy Camper, they are open in the summer. In winter, you'll need to bring your own kayak.
In every season, The Happy Camper is a super cool, fun place to stay.