Van Meter State Park Campgrounds is a moderately trafficked trail located near Miami, Missouri and features a lake. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and fishing. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Van Meter State Park campgrounds are located in a Missouri state park and has for fee camping from tent to RV with most amenities you would expect in a state park. The camp sites are great if you are just passing through or are staying to enjoy the park's trails, fishing, or indian cultural center. Van Meter State Park features remnants of the Missouria Indian village that sat at the Great Bend of the Missouri River. A hand-dug earthwork -- Old Fort -- and several burial mounds lie within the parks boundaries. The states Indian history is interpreted in displays and exhibits at the parks Missouris American Indian Cultural Center. For outdoor enthusiasts, the park features hiking trails and an 18-acre fishing lake. The boardwalk that leads visitors through the Oumessourit Natural Area takes them over a freshwater marsh and fens, and through bottomland and upland forests.
Completed all trails today at Van Meter and was pleasantly surprised. There is a good bit of history regarding the Missouria Indian tripe as well as quite a fair amount of natural wilderness to look at including bluff views of the Missouri River, natural Wetland boards walks, and the really lovely Loess Hill Trail. The north half of the park is closed 11/1-3/31; however, you can still access that part of the part from the Earthwork trail (featuring mounds and fort remains). The lake is a touch small buy amazingly secluded, and you will have to carry your boat about a quarter mile to put in. Quite a lovely park which I would be happy to visit again.
I intended to hike the Loess Hills Trail, but the road to reach the TH was closed for the winter. Started to walk from the parking lot to the TH, but opted instead to hike the Earthworks Trail. It's an interesting area, wooded and some rugged climbing to a couple of historic Indian sites (burial mounds and settlement). I enjoyed the Earthworks Trail and will return another time for Loess Hills Trail around the lake. Also recommend visiting the Van Meter family cemetery, from the mid-19th century. If you have time and interest, also check out the American Indian Cultural Center. It's small but has nice artifacts from the site.
Van Meter is an undiscovered jewel in the state parks system. The diversity of things to do is great. The indian cultural musuem was small but nice. The boardwalk trail over the fresh water wet area was unique. Nice camp and picnic grounds. I have been back a couple times for a relaxed weekend trip.