Arcadia Valley and Ozarks of Missouri

I had the great fortune of camping the last week of June in the beautiful locale of the Arcadia Valley in Missouri. Anytime I get to go camping, I’m automatically in my happy place, so imagine my excitement to be camping where I was surrounded by beautiful landscapes. As a Photographer, I was overwhelmed with the breathtaking scenery and the amazing opportunities for landscape photography. Every stop I made, I was inspired by “eye candy”. I had to pace myself, remembering that I would have a full week to capture every image my heart desired! My shutter finger was busy, and I was grateful that I carried with me two camera batteries.

If you’ve never been to the Ozark’s Arcadia Valley, I recommend that you go, especially if you enjoy Americana subject matter, and historical landmarks. Even if you’re not a photographer, the imprinted memories in your minds eye will last a lifetime!

Johnson Shut-ins from the top of the mountain.
Alley Mill National Park
Mammoth Springs, Arkansas
Falling Spring

I hope to return again someday to capture more images, and perhaps a shoot time in a different season of the year. And the best part is, there are still more locations that I didn’t get to shoot. So the next time, I’ll push a little deeper into the Ozark’s and discover more hidden gems! I can hardly wait, but good things are worth waiting for!

Until the next adventure- Light and Love, Leslie

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Camping at Big Creek RV Park, Annapolis MO

The owners of Big Creek RV Park,…. and Roxy, Greeter!

I spent the last week of June in the Arcadia Valley of MO this year, on a photographic assignment, and I returned each night to my peaceful campsite at Big Creek RV Park.

My peaceful campsite at Big Creek RV Park

Camping at Big Creek RV Park is a relaxing experience, because of it’s quiet family oriented atmosphere. The campground sits along the banks of 3 inch deep, spring fed Big Creek, which is inviting to wade into on a hot summer’s day. There’s nothing like the sound of a calm, harmonious babbling creek!

Big Creek, its just a few inches deep, but offers refreshing adventures!

The staff are friendly, welcoming, and work diligently to keep the grounds in tip top shape. There is a pool that is conveniently situated in the center of the park, and sits directly behind the activities building. The individual private bathroom and shower suites are also located in the activities building with outside access. I was really impressed with the cleanliness of the facilities. It’s obvious that the owners care about their guest’s experiences while staying at their park.
Big Creek RV Park is in a great location, and is fairly close to the Ozark’s Johnson Shut-Ins, Elephant Rocks, and the Black River, which offers the opportunities for float trips. Also within an hours distance are Rocky Falls (another shut-ins area), the Current River, Alley Springs, and many more Ozark Valley adventures.

Johnson Shut-Ins

If you’re heading to the Ozark’s and are looking for a great campground to spend some time at with a family atmosphere, I highly recommend Big Springs RV Park! If you think of it, give Roxy a scruff behind her ears, and tell Patty that Leslie @ Out Chasing Light says “Hi”!

Big Springs RV Park is located at 47247 MO-49, Annapolis, MO phone 573-598-1064. One can visit their website at

Light and Love, Leslie- Out Chasing Light


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