Camelot RV Campground and RV Park is located on the outskirts of Poplar Bluff, Missouri. It has a total of 76 spaces available for reservation, each of which has full 30 and 50-amp hookups. The main building houses the office where people check in, restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities, with a propane station also provided should guests want to refill a canister or their RV. Limited RV supplies are also sold within the office. Jean, one of the owners of the park, hopes that guests will feel like they have everything they need during their stay; this is in keeping with the park’s motto: “We have camping and convenience in mind.” A number of both outdoor and indoor attractions are also nearby, with a number of conservation areas open for guests to explore. The park is centrally located between Nashville, Tennessee, and Branson, Missouri, according to Jean. The park is also approximately two hours north of Memphis, Tennessee, and two hours south of St. Louis, Missouri.
Situated within the Ozark Foothills in Southern Missouri near the town of Poplar Bluff is the Camelot RV Campground and RV Park. In total, 76 spaces are available, with each site offering full 30 and 50-amp hookups. Cable TV and wifi connections are also provided at each site. Jean, one of the park’s owners, clarifies that some sites are specifically designated for short-term guests while others are designated as more long-term sites for those staying longer than a week or two. Talking about the layout of the park, Jean describes it as having a mix of shaded wooded areas and more open sections, with each site having a notable amount of space from its neighbors. Depending on availability, guests making a reservation can indicate whether they would prefer a shaded or open RV site.
The main building on the premises contains the main office—where guests check in upon arrival—as well as other amenities. Showers, restrooms, and laundry facilities can all be found in the building that visitors can use at their leisure. Additionally, should someone need some basic RV supplies, a storefront within the office sells a selection of basic motor home sundries. Propane refills are also provided by the office at a propane station a short distance away. For people looking to gather at the campground for a small function, an event, or simply to socialize, a pavilion is provided that can be used on a first come-first serve basis. The one exception to this rule, according to Jean, is if a group contacts the office ahead of time to reserve the pavilion.
Camelot RV Campground is located near a number of area lakes, springs, and conservation areas, such as Big Springs, Alley Springs, Wolf Creek Trail, Logan Creek Conservation Area, Rocky Creek Conservation Area, Wappapello and Clearwater Lake Conservation Areas, where visitors can engage in various aquatic activities, namely swimming, fishing, boating, and hiking to name a few. The latter region contains Clearwater Lake, one of many bodies of water near the RV park where visitors can engage in various aquatic activities, namely swimming, fishing, and boating. Companies based in Poplar Bluff and other towns offer river trips to interested parties looking to explore the surrounding waterways. Poplar Bluff also has a number of stores that guests can explore, and the RV park is centrally located between Nashville, Tennessee, and Branson, Missouri, according to Jean.
“We have camping and convenience in mind” is the motto of the Camelot RV Campground and RV Park. Jean elaborates on this motto, saying she hopes their guests will feel that they have everything they need during their stay. One of the ways that the park strives to offer convenience to its guests is by allowing food delivery companies such as Doordash and Uber Eats to deliver orders to patrons of the park. Upon arrival, a member of staff will also assist people with getting to their site and positioning the RV so slide-outs will not collide with utility hookups. This is one aspect of the park that many former patrons have mentioned in positive reviews of the property. One guest said, “a staff member escorted us to our site with a golf cart, and check-in was speedy,” while another recounted their experience, saying, “the staff was friendly and helped guide our RV into our spot.” Other unique aspects of the park, Jean says, are often mentioned in reviews that praise the layout and cleanliness of the property as a whole.
Some policies have been put in place at the campground to maintain its cleanliness and to uphold its motto of having “camping and convenience in mind.” Jean says that many of these policies are “common everyday things,” such as respecting other patrons at the park and observing the park’s quiet time, which starts at 9:00 PM each night. Pets are allowed; however, breed restrictions apply. Breeds such as Dobermans, Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Chows, wolf hybrids, or any "aggressive animals" are prohibited from staying on the premises. Smoking is also prohibited in the main building. The park is open year-round, often experiencing a rush of visitors around October of each year, which Jean attributes to snowbirds moving through the area as they head south for the winter months.
Camelot RV Campground and RV Park was opened to the public in 1982 and has been owned and operated by Jean’s family throughout its history. When recounting the reason why her family started the RV park in the first place, Jean says that it was something that the family wanted to do, and as they had experience running a mobile home park prior, it was an opportunity that allowed them to “be their own boss” and run the business in the way they wanted to. The best part of running the RV park for Jean is that she essentially gets to work from home, as she lives on the premises.
Over the years, some changes have been made to the park to update and add amenities to the sites and the main building. However, it has remained relatively untouched aside from these updates. Jean says that the park’s location on the edge of Poplar Bluff’s city limits is convenient for most guests and that the park is up to date with everything one may need during their stay. “It’s really like running a mini city!” Jean quips.