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Old 08-05-2019, 08:40 PM   #1
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Best route to Branson MO

Hello everyone,We are planning a trip from Birmingham AL to Branson MO, in our 40 ft Montana 3811, 5th wheel. This will be our first trip to Branson and we would like to get some suggestions on the best route to take.
Also, we plan to stop halfway near Memphis TN and would like recommendations on a nice campground for that night.
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Old 08-05-2019, 09:25 PM   #2
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Hello everyone,We are planning a trip from Birmingham AL to Branson MO, in our 40 ft Montana 3811, 5th wheel. This will be our first trip to Branson and we would like to get some suggestions on the best route to take.
Also, we plan to stop halfway near Memphis TN and would like recommendations on a nice campground for that night.
Thanks !
I feel sorry for you pulling your rig on the AWFUL Roads around Memphis!!

Tom Sawyer campground in West Memphis (across the river into Arkansas). Good, safe campground right on the river with good view of Memphis riverfront. Just far enough away from the residential areas to keep you safe. DO NOT GO INTO MEMPHIS AT NIGHT!!! Memphis is extremely dangerous with very high crime. But Tom Sawyer is safe. Also happens to be reasonably easy to get too (exit at the truck stops on Arkansas side of the river bridges).

If your willing to drive just a little further check out Village Creek State Park about 45 minutes further down the interstate. Two lakes, premier golf course and nice campgrounds. Very reasonably priced to boot. It's a little hidden gem in the middle of delta farming country. One of our favorite places to play golf as we get to enjoy the camping as well. Down side is road to park is about 10 miles or so of rather twisty 2 lane. May not be worth it for just one night.

Stay on I-40 thru Little Rock to Conway. Turn North on Hwy 65 and it is a straight shot all the way to Branson. You will pass thru our town of Bee Branch (don't blink) along the way. Unfortunately we are stuck in the New Mexico desert for now due to work. Hwy 65 does have some hills but best road with a lot of NEW asphalt and mostly 4 lane.


Oh if you don't stop at the first two there is a park called Wolly Hollow about 20 miles north of Conway, AR or immediately North of Greenbriar. It is another Arkansas State park with a tiny lake but really nice paved campsites. Very clean and reasonably priced. About a 10 mile drive off of Hwy 65 as well but road is flat new pavement. It might even be an option on the way back or something for you.
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I should mention that the wife and I have stayed at most of the parks in North Central Arkansas if anyone needs information on same.
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Thanks for the info. We will check out those campgrounds.
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We usually stay at Hollywood Casino campground in Tunica Mississippi. About 45 minutes south and real nice.
Tom Sawyer in West Memphis is right on the river, call and check lots of flooding this year. Mosquitoes can be bad if it hasn’t dried out good.
Memphis is one of our favorite cities 3-4 trips a year. Beal Street is totally safe but we never go anywhere else at night. Daytime never had an issue but common sense.
I-40 to 65 best route.
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