Firewood is provided! Camp in a peaceful setting above the Niangua River under the canopy of tall oak trees. Enjoy 25 acres of complete privacy and seclusion! It's a pretty steep trail from the campsite down to the banks of the river, and then a short trail to the canoe put-in spot where a 3-person canoe awaits. Contact me for flexible check in/out times.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 10% off
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You will get plenty of exercise walking up and down the rather steep trail from the campsite to the riverbank!
Canoe with 2 paddles and lifejackets included!
Deer, turkeys, raccoons, bald eagles (seasonal) and Woodpeckers are pretty common. You'll often hear Coyotes and Owls at night.
Natural features you'll find at River Bluff Woods in Missouri.
Going up and down the steep trail between the campsite and the river will make you remember you are in the Ozarks!
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Woods, rocks, hiking and river!
Great secluded spot in Ozarks. Jack was a gracious host who met us there upon arrival and gave us the run down on this cool spot. Overall very private, however you can still hear traffic so not to far off the beaten path. It’s deep in forest off Nianga on Jacks property so it blocked a ton of wind and gave a real deep woods feel. He had wood cut ready for us, but if you camping in cold weather times, highly recommend using the wood splitter to make a lot of smaller logs. Being by the river, the air is pretty damp so smaller logs burn better, our large ones just smoldered mostly. The splitter is about the most amazing thing for this, so easy! The hike to the river is pretty rocky and steep as others have said. Walk slow and it’s no problem at all. Lots of little softball size rocks everywhere here, so watch your step and lace em up! Campsite is a great space and toilet is the best I have used for an outdoor solution, nice private little set up. Be advised, canoe is a large, 4 person, metal version, so takes a little strength to release from lock and get it in off the bank. That said, we had a great afternoon on the river and went downstream and chilled on sandbar. Two adults and three dogs were just fine in it with lots of room and stability. You may need to hop out and pull it over some shallow areas so wear water shoes or be ok with being wet. The road in is narrow, but not to bad. If it’s raining or has just rained a ton, it might be a little trouble for small cars without AWD. Any 4x4 will have zero issues, it’s pretty well maintained and taking it slow we had no slipping or sliding at all. No rain = no problem for any vehicle taking it slow. Overall, a great secluded escape only a few miles from modern conveniences if needed. Thanks for sharing your awesome forest hideaway Jack!
Jack’s spot at River Bluff Woods is a hidden gem. He provides several essentials and there is plenty of room to make the camp home while you’re there. 4x4 is a good idea for the road in and out. The trail to the river is steep but worth it if you get out in the canoe for a while. We like to paddle upstream and float back down, stopping at gravel bars to rock hunt. If you like remote, secluded camping, you’ll be very happy. Cell service is spotty so be prepared to unplug for a while.
Great spot with access to a river
It was a nice and secluded spot to spend a night with some friends. The amenities provided by the host were helpful especially the campfire. It was a bit difficult to reach and use the canoe, however we had a great time.
Peaceful- but best for adults!
In the spirit of honesty we've thought of pros/cons of this site:
Pros of this site:
-Jack is a great, welcoming host
- Walmart and Grocery Store is only 10 minutes away
-Composting toilet is a great and welcome amenity
-We loved the campfire area with the precut sitting logs and stone fire area
-The trash can provided helped a lot with keeping everything tidy
-The tall trees are really beautiful and it's mostly a wild, natural area that is wonderfully secluded
-Having a log cutter was helpful for fires!
Cons of this site:
-The camping area is on a 30 degree decline (hill) so you slide off all night from your cot and can fall a lot moving around. We tried multiple areas to put our tent but gave up.
- 5 minutes of driving on sharp large flint rocks to get to site was risky on our tires (we also had to leave before rain came in because of huge risk of getting trapped in the mud)
-LOTS OF TICKS/MOSQUITOES (We spent hours daily pulling them off, even with using OFF Deep Woods) Just know before you go.
- The river is far away from campsite (20 mins or more) down a very steep hill made out of sharp rocks. Our kids couldn't hardly climb it and were scared.
-The water line is about 8 ft below the trail and we were not able to reasonably get the canoe untied from the vertical position in the tree down into the water.
- The trail is small and basically needs a machete to get through the plant life. Also a part of it fell into the water 8ft. below which was unsafe for our 3 kids so we just went back and stayed at campsite.
In all, the area is gorgeous and the peacefulness of the area can be felt. Jack is a kind person who we felt really cared about the land. For families especially though, the site itself is a mixed bag. My husband is an Eagle Scout who has camped at many places and he thought this spot was one of the most challenging. I think this wild, beautiful place is best for adults who have extensive camping experience and are not interested in using the water activities listed as they aren't super accessible. Hope this helps!
River Bluff Woods is a beautiful campsite with just the right amount of comfort. Being at a campsite off the beaten path and away from the typical neighborhood of campers at a normal campground is amazing. The river was a bit too high because of all the rain we got prior to our stay, but having the option to use a canoe and hang by the river is really nice. There was a lake nearby, Fellows Lake, that we ended up renting a canoe at instead but Jack was more than willing to let us stay a little later on our departure date so that we could enjoy canoeing on the river since it was finally low enough. We loved this campsite because of the seclusion, nature, and amenities (aka an actual toilet). Jack has thought of a lot of extras that make this campsite even more special. Highly recommend for any outdoor enthusiast looking to unplug. This place is a hidden gem! Do expect to hear the coyotes in the distance, but Jack assured us that they are never close at all. We took along our 3 pups and had a fantastic time! The firewood and ability to keep splitting was a true highlight. Thanks Jack for your hospitality and devotion to creating a true campers dream!