Register to Backcountry Camp at Pershing State Park

Due to a managed deer hunt at the park, backcountry camping will not be available at Pershing State Park on Dec. 9, 10 or 11, 2022, and reservations for any of these dates will not be accepted.

Contact Information

Park office number: 660-963-2299
Emergency number: 911

Dispersed camping is permitted anywhere along Locust Creek Riparian Trail. If you have any questions about what is allowed on the trail, feel free to call the park office.

Backpackers must register before starting their trip. Camping is free, but registration is required.

  • Campfires are prohibited. Stoves must be used for cooking.
  • Cutting implements such as saws and hatchets are not allowed on the trail.

Overnight parking for hikers is allowed at the Pershing State Park Locust Creek Boardwalk/Riparian Trail trailhead parking lot located off Ellen Road. Trailhead location: 39.75498, -93.21718

BACKCOUNTRY CAMPING PERMIT FORM