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I know not everyone who camps enjoys a campfire, but for us one of the best parts about camping is sitting around the campfire at night and enjoying each others company. Plus certain foods taste better over the campfire, you really can’t make a s’more with a candle.

Saint Francois State Park
(573) 358-2173
Bonne Terre, MO
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Control Access Gate
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, River Swimming, Boating, Float Trips, Canoeing, River Fishing, Stream Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Taum Sauk State Park
(573) 546-2450
Ironton, MO
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Non Flush
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables
Recreation
Hiking Trails

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Mark Twain National Forest (Marble Creek Campground)
(573) 438-5427
Ironton, MO
Services
Non Flush
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Wood
Recreation
Hiking Trails

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Candle Creek Rv Park
(417) 667-2267
Hwy 71 North
Nevada, MO
 
Hidden Valley Campground
(573) 495-2628
Po Box 89
Cascade, MO
 
Washington State Park
(636) 586-2995
De Soto, MO
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, Pool, Canoeing, River Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Mark Twain National Forest (Council Bluff Lake Campground)
(573) 766-5646
Belgrade, MO
Campground Availability
3-Apr thru 10-Oct
Services
Standard Flush
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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I-35 Rv Campground The Oasis
(660) 867-3377
Highway N
Eagleville, MO
 
Redbeard's Ranch
(417) 533-7337
30075 Marigold Drive
Lebanon, MO
 
Camp Branch Park
(816) 532-0139
2619 Ne 188th St
Smithville, MO
 
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Sitting around the Campfire

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February 16, 2010 by Denise N. Crew · 2 Comments  

sitting by the fire

Baby Girl keeps C's lap warm as we start the campfire

I know not everyone who camps enjoys a campfire, but for us one of the best parts about camping is sitting around the campfire at night and enjoying each others company. Plus certain foods taste better over the campfire, you really can’t make a s’more with a candle. Also there’s the enjoyment of just chatting with family and friends with no gadgets to interrupt the conversation.

The most important thing about cooking over the campfire is having long enough forks, trust me your non-singed knuckle hair will thank you. We love s’mores, there’s just something about that gooey mess that tastes so good. We learned it’s better to do your cracker/chocolate setup before roasting your marshmallow, nothing worse then having your perfectly toasted marshmallow hit the dirt while you fiddle around breaking the graham cracker in half, there’s no 5 second rule for that. A word to the wise, if you’re thinking a marshmallow Peep is going to make a s’more taste even better, think again, you toast the Peep and the sugar coating reaches the temperature of molten lava. So while those sitting around the campfire might enjoy the laugh, you’ll have a burnt tongue for your efforts. Please don’t ask how I know, I just do. Also when your kids have a brilliant idea, let them try it out first!

eating a s'more

Little Man enjoying a s'more

I’m a pretty creative cook, so I know about 10 different ways to cook a hotdog, but the best way is over the campfire. We also like to do pigs in the blanket for a treat. Roast your hotdog over the fire and when it’s almost done, wrap the hotdog with a crescent roll. (be careful, it’s hot) then return to roasting the hotdog over the campfire till the crescent it toasted. Don’t try to cook the hotdog and the crescent at the same time, the crescent will be doughy and gross on the inside. Now if you want a more grown up taste try Johnsonville Brats, they are out of this world cooked over a campfire.

So while all this cooking is going on, there’s usually some good conversation shared as well. Whether it’s just our immediate family or we’re camping with extended family and friends there’s always jokes and laughter. We’ll talk about camping trips past, what the plans are for the following day, sometimes even a hope or a dream one of the kids have. A campfire seems to bring out the best of family camping.

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