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5 ways to make camping eco-friendly

These campgrounds are all less than one hour from Kansas City:

Hillsdale Lake and State Park

26001 West 255th Street, Paola, KS

Hillsdale is one of the newest reservoirs in the Kansas City metro area. It is home to more than 12,000 acres of park and wildlife area and 51 miles of shoreline for fishing. Both tent and RV camping are available. Learn more.

Weston Bend - overlook

The Weston Bend State Park has sweeping views of the Missouri River.

Smithville Lake

17201 Paradesian, Smithville, MO

Smithville Lake is 7,200 acres with 175 miles of shoreline. The site is home to 777 campsites and two swimming beaches, along with 24 miles of trails. Learn more.

Watkins Mill State Park

26600 Park Rd N, Lawson, MO

Watkins Mill State Park has a 100-acre lake with a surrounding bicycle path, fishing and scenic campgrounds. The park is adjacent to Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site, a National Historic Landmark. Learn more.

Wallace State Park

10621 MO-121, Cameron, MO

At Wallace State Park, campers can fish at the park’s six-acre lake, hike on four scenic trails, or picnic at the campground. Modern restrooms and hot showers are available on the campgrounds. Learn more.

Weston Bend State Park

16600 MO-45, Weston, MO

Weston Bend offers picnic sites, hiking trails and a sweeping view of the Missouri River. Learn more.

Featured photo by Einir Pritchard.

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