JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) — It’s official, Missouri is the top state in the nation for camping.

The Department of Natural Resources reports, a reference website maintained by the New York Times Company, announced Friday the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Award for Favorite State for Camping, and Missouri took top honors. Missouri took the website’s gold award, silver winner Montana and bronze winner, Colorado, in an online vote.

Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks,said  “our parks and historic sites offer an impressive glimpse of the natural and cultural beauty throughout our state.”

“This is yet another solid indicator that Missouri State Parks is the ultimate destination for your next camping experience.”

Missouri Division of Tourism Director Katie Steele Danner credited Missouri’s State Parks and privately held campgrounds for helping Missouri secure the top spot on’s Readers’ Choice Awards.




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