RV parks in the Branson area are plentiful. You can find private campgrounds in the middle of the excitement of the 76 strip. There are smaller private parks nestled into the hills away from the excitement but with great panoramic views of Branson. You can also find spacious public campgrounds right on Table Rock Lake at either local state parks or on corp land. We made plans to visit Branson over the Thanksgiving holiday where we found a number of campgrounds closed for the winter season. We did thankfully find a few that are open year round. We wanted a base camp that would be close to Silver Dollar City and other local attractions we planned to visit during our 5 day/4 night stay.
We selected to stay at Branson Treehouse Adventures and RV Park in Branson West. Branson is known for it’s traffic and towing a 35 foot camper through that traffic was a little anxiety invoking. However; we were able to use one of the alternate routes (465 to 76) to skirt most of 76 highway joining it just before the turn off to Silver Dollar City. As we turned onto 76 West, we found the traffic was backed up in the left lane for the turn into Silver Dollar City. The right lane, however, the lane that went to Branson West was wide open. We felt like winners when we were able to buzz right past the traffic and pull into our campground with ease.
The signage for the park was big and easily noticeable. Just off the main highway, down a gravel driveway is Branson Treehouse Adventures. As the name implies there are a lot of treehouses available for rent but there are also RV spots, and even cabins. You will start to see RV sites as you enter the property.
We found the office and began checking in which went super smooth. We received a Good Sam’s discount during our stay. Besides Good Sam, Branson Treehouse Adventure also gives a Military and First Responders discount. If you are traveling as a group, be sure to inquire about group discounts for parties of 10 or more campers.
The campground has several different types of sites available; deluxe sites, upgraded back in; back in, and pull through. We selected an Upgraded Back In Site which gave us full hook ups, a concrete pad, a picnic table, a fire ring, and a light on the electric box. Unfortunately, there were some big trees that we had to maneuver around to get into our site. One was at the end of our spot and the others were directly across from us. I am sure those with more experience backing up would have been ok but that is still an area we struggle with.
We were so happy to finally get into the site that we settled to be a little off center in the site putting us closer to our next door neighbor than I am sure they would have appreciated. Luckily for us, our neighbor appeared to be full timers who were not “home” for the holidays. What they don’t know can’t hurt them, right?
The park has several amenities that we enjoyed during our stay. The Rec Hall was located close to our site. We played pool and ping pong in the Rec Hall. The Rec Hall also has a kitchen and picnic tables. I believe the Rec Hall is reserve-able for large groups to use.
There is also a hospitality building that The Short Chic hung out in a lot. She met several other friends her age who were camping with their families and they all hung out together. The hospitality building has complementary pastries, coffee, hot chocolate, and tea. They also have WiFi. Which is good because despite advertising free WiFi for the entire park, and being camped right next to the router, we found the WiFi did not work. Later we were told it was broken during our stay. The kids enjoyed the assortment of board games that were available in the hospitality building as well.
Across from the office, you will find a community fire pit going at all times. I love the idea of the community fire pit because the sites are actually pretty tight. If we would have had a large group gathered around the fire at our site we would probably have been too loud for the neighbors. The community fire pit allows groups to gather and maybe meet a few other campers as well.
The community fire pit is close to the basketball court, the tetherball pole, badminton/volleyball court, horseshoe pit, the playground, and the pirate ship. Yep, I said Pirate Ship which comes complete with a kids’ zip line and rock wall. An adult must be present during zip lining but a word of warning; if you supervise it they will come!
There is a pool to the right of the community fire pit but it was closed during our visit.
And of course there are showers and public restrooms. There were two shower rooms in the rec hall and then several by the hospitality room. They were heated and very clean. I actually talked with one of the campers as she was about to head into the showerhouse. She and her group of friends were renting this cluster of treehouses that had no kitchen or bathrooms. Branson Treehouse Adventure provides them with an outdoor kitchen area but they use the showerhouses for other needs. She raved about how clean they were.
The campground is surrounded by hiking trails. I think it would be easy to get lost in the woods surrounding the campground. If you do go out to hike, just remember you are in the Ozarks and them hills get steep! To help with those hills, check around for hiking sticks. We found several by the trailhead for our use.
If the hiking is not to your liking here I suggest heading over to Table Rock State Park a few miles away from here. They have amazing hiking trails that have received a lot of praise.
The thing that makes this campground near perfect is the variety of lodging available. This is the perfect place for those with RV’s to camp with/next to friends/relatives who do not have RV’s. There is enough activity in the campground to be pleased and yet if you seek more excitement Branson is just a short drive away. My only suggestion if you are planning to leave the campground and wander around Branson is to really study and use the alternative routes. Highway 76 easily backed up at the end of November but during the height of the tourist season it is basically a parking lot.
We absolutely enjoyed our time at Branson Treehouse Adventures. The owners were very polite. The other guest were cheerful and friendly. We met a couple from the Kansas City area and The Short Chic came away with a new pen pal that she has kept in touch with since we stayed here.
The only small thing that we did not enjoy about our stay here was the turn-in to the property from 76 highway. The turn-in hits at the crest of a hill, making it very difficult to see what is coming at you as you turn. Your line of sight is missing for a significant distance. They have tried to address this by creating a secondary entrance, which we did use as we pulled out but the angle is off for pulling in when arriving from the east. Arriving from the West you would be able to do it , but then it is not clearly marked. By the time you saw the signage, you would be past it. I would just say, take your time. Watch and be aware of the cars as they go down the hill so you can have an idea of what is coming up the hill.
There was a lot of construction going on during our visit. This place seems to be expanding and growing into some very good things. If you are looking for a private campground near Silver Dollar City or any other Branson adventures, consider Branson Treehouse Adventures.