My family went to Roaring River State Park in Missouri a couple of weeks back. It’s one of the most picturesque and fun state parks I have been to in ages… and, it’s just a hop, skip and a jump away from all of us in Northwest Arkansas.

What is there to do at Roaring River?

Let’s see. On our family outing we:

  • Had a picnic by the river
  • Played on the playground
  • Swam (sort of) in the River
  • Caught craw dads.
  • Walked around the hatchery

Families with older children (mine’s just 1) have even more options:

  • Camp on one of 187 sites
  • Stay at one of 26 cabins
  • Stay at the Emory Melton Inn and Conference center (for those who can’t rough it)
  • Trout and Fly-fish
  • Hike through the nearly 4,100 acres of rolling Missouri forest
  • There’s even a pool

So, if you are looking for something a little out of the ordinary and you’d like to go north instead of South to Devil’s Den, try out Roaring River State Park in Missouri. It’s a great trip on a budget and it doesn’t feel like you’re in Northwest Arkansas at all.

Please let me know of any fun times you’ve had at Roaring River. I also would love any suggestions you have about fun things to do in and around Northwest Arkansas.