Yes, You Can Go Camping and Still Check Facebook

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Used to be that camping meant you would get away from the distractions of the world and enjoy the wilderness. Now, many people wish to still stay connected while on their summer camping trip.

“State parks are great places to get away from a hectic schedule but our campers also requested the ability to stay connected. We listened to our customers and are adding complimentary WiFi to the many services we already provide in our state park campgrounds,” said Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks, a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Eleven state parks campgrounds currently offer free wireless Internet access for guests and visitors and the service will be added to more campgrounds throughout the summer.

Campgrounds with wireless access are located in the following state parks:

  • Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon
  • Montauk State Park near Salem
  • Roaring River State Park near Cassville
  • Table Rock State Park near Branson
  • Meramec State Park near Sullivan
  • Sam. A. Baker State Park near Patterson
  • Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park in Wildwood
  • Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park near Middlebrook
  • Onondaga Cave State Park near Leasburg
  • Long Branch State Park near Macon
  • Finger Lakes State Park near Columbia.

Most parks have full coverage in the campgrounds while others have designated hotspots with coverage. Signs will be posted in the campgrounds indicating where Internet access is located.

Results from a 2010 survey indicated campground visitors wanted to stay connected while camping. Survey participants responded that availability of an Internet connection would lead to camping more often and extending their stay.

For more information about wireless access being added to additional state park campgrounds throughout the summer, check the Missouri state parks website by clicking here.

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