The best camping near Montauk State Park

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Four Creeks Campground

19 sites · RVs, Tents90 acres · Ellington, MO
Three crystal clear creeks to swim, wade, hunt rocks, or just relax. We have several tent sites right on the creeks and RV sites close for just a short walk for swimming fun. Right on miles of ATV, OHV, SxSs or hiking trails. Close to the Black River and the Current for floating, Kayaking or fishing. Clearwater Lake for boat rentals or Jet skies. Sites to see, Blue Springs, Big Springs Johnson Shut Inns, Elephant Rock, Rocky Falls, and many state parks to explore. We are also only three miles from the town of Ellington, MO for your shopping needs, several restaurants and antiquing.
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Ozarks Piney Bend Riverfront

7 sites · Lodging, Tents7 acres · Dixon, MO
Experience the Missouri Ozarks in all it's glory! Our property sits on 7 acres running on both sides of the beautiful, crystal clear Big Piney River. We sit right at the bottom of a beautiful bluff right along the banks of the river! We have a dry cabin, with outdoor water, bathroom and cedar shower house. We have a fully stocked new camper with everything you'll need for up to 6 people, including ice cold A/C! We also own a large beautiful sand bar on the Big Piney River perfect for setting up your tent or hammock camping (only accessible by swimming or kayak, which we can provide for a fee)
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Eminence Cottages and Camp

45 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents28 acres · Eminence, MO
Welcome to Eminence Cottages & Camp Our Resort is perfectly located to enjoy the natural wonders that abound in this area. Eminence Cottages and Camp is in the center of Missouri's largest national park; The Ozark National Scenic Riverways. We invite you to enjoy river fishing and canoeing, hiking and biking the famous Ozark Trail, abundant wildlife viewing, spring hopping and auto tours. Relax in our well-appointed cottages or get close to nature in the campground. Once settled you'll be ready to float the Current or Jacks Fork River. Call to make your reservation!
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Crooked Creek Ranch

1 site · RV, Tent35 acres · Salem, MO
Once a portion of a hunting preserve, Crooked Creek Ranch is located deep in the Missouri Ozarks, within walking distance of Mark Twain National Forest. We've owned and managed Crooked Creek Ranch for many years now, building and maintaining trails, planting trees and working to make the place as beautiful as it can be for all who visit. We hope that you will be as refreshed and revitalized as we are when you set foot into this wonderful forest. It is a lot of very hard work, and totally worth it. If you enjoy it, it will make it that much more worth it! Thanks for reading! Learn more about this land: 100% PRIVACY. 35 private wooded acres all to yourself with a totally private one-mile intermediate level mountain biking-hiking loop trail! Hike peaceful trails, exploring the wooded hills until you find the perfect spot for your tent. If you select a spot near the clearing, you will have access to the picnic table and fire circle. Spend your days mountain biking, hiking, fishing and watching wildlife on a private ranch in the Ozark Mountains, less than a quarter mile from the Mark Twain National Forest. Less than five miles from Indian Trail State Forest (Indian Trail Conservation Area) with beautiful Blackwell Lake. Canoeing and kayaking are less than an hour away (Meramec River, Current River and Jacks Fork River), as well as trout fishing at scenic Meramec Spring Park or Montauk State Park. Peaceful wilderness will inspire artists, writers, musicians. Quiet, secluded, beautiful, and rugged. If you do not want to see anyone, you don't have to. You will have 35 private acres. You will be 100% secluded. If you want amenities, this is not the place. If you want complete privacy, this is the place! Bear and mountain lion have been seen in the area, so please keep this in mind.
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1855 Campground

7 sites · Tents45 acres · Black, MO
LATEST NEWS: We open the 2024 season March 1st with the same wilderness adventure. Campsite 6, Bills Hill, has been improved to give you more choices to pitch you tent. This is a wilderness site, just a fire pit, sits on a ridge top in the forest, check it out. Pictures forthcoming. A big thanks for all those campers who were here for the eclipse and to Mel Eberle and Rick Kramer who brought their drumming skills to bring in the eclipse. What a special time it was. So now things have settled down to a more normal pace, quiet and peaceful. So when your busy lives get the best of you hit the pause button and come on back to step of the planet and soak in some peace and serenity. See ya here! TIRED OF NOISEY OVER CROWDED CAMP GROUNDS, we’ll give us a try! 1855 Campground is a 45 acres of private property, my natural preserve, dedicated to fostering the natural Ozark experience.   We border the Mark Twain National Forest!! Come enjoy the outdoors at its bests!  This nature space offers seven large campsites generously spaced to provide privacy and the ability to become one with nature. JUST OPEN. A hiking trail that takes you around the property. It’s a one mile, clearly mark trail that requires a level 4, strenuous, skill. It’s free to all campers. A reminder we are 15 minutes from the Ozark Trail head located on highway A. Make 1855 Campground you base camp! I offer a wide range of campsite and locations.Site 1, boarders Little Brushy Creek and you can park there. Site 2, Nancy’s Landing, it’s a smaller site close to the creek and you can park close by. Site 3, Bills Hill, located high up in the woods. Site 4 n 5, large flat grassy area in a meadow, Walnut Grove. Site 6, Hidden Hollow, and site 7, Roberts Mountain another campsite high up in the woods. Campsites 3,4,5,6, and 7 are remote wooded campsites. No vehicles are allowed to those sites so free shuttle is available upon request. When booking those sites please arrive before 8pm on the day of arrival. FYI for campsites 1 and 2 you may park at those sites so long as you don’t block the road. This land borders the Mark Twain National Forest, so hiking is abundant and encouraged and being far away from the city this area is ideal for star gazing and planet photography. There is on-site fresh spring water flowing all year round.  Enjoy fishing, swimming, or just hanging out at the pond or in the babbling brook that runs alongside the prosperity. There is also an off grid home where I live an I am willing to share my experience with you. Just opened campsite 7! Yes a new wilderness campsite located on top of the highest hill on the prosperity. It’s borders the National Forest a like all other sites it’s very private. Only a fire pit is available. It’s a must see and experience. Those of you who like site 3, the other wilderness site, will like this. This will be a popular site!  1855 Campground is in close proximity to:      Floating activities along the Black River      Johnson Shuts State Park      Bell Mountain Hiking Trails       Elephant Rocks      Counsel Bluffs Lake      Tip Top Park      Taum Sauk State Park      Historic town of Caledonia       Clearwater Lake      Shepard Mountain bike trial  The details:       Campsites are large enough for multiple tents      All sites have fire pits and the first bundle of wood provided is included       All have BBQ grills and tables (except site 3 and 7).  Bring charcoal      Outhouses and outside shower is available      Parking space provided, once check in assistance to campsite is provided       For your peace an quite no vehicles, guns or loud music allowed back in campground      1855 Campground lives by “Leave no trace Principles” take out what you bring  in.      2023 season runs to Oct 2nd      Additional firewood and charcoal can be purchased at office. Campsite fees:  Weekend rate ( Friday and Saturday nights) $30/ per night per site ( 4 campers per site) children under 5 stay free. Weekday special ( Sunday- Thursday night): 40% off! $20/ per night per site.   Note: some campsite can hold more than 4 people, message Bill for more details. Get away from the vibrations of city life and enjoy existence within the arms. Special note to interested campers: The office /house is open 9 to 9 daily through the season. It’s worth noting that the office/ house is “ off grid” that is it is not connected to the National electrical grid for its power. It’s been off grid for over 25 yrs. Bill, the manager, of the campground has been living full time off grid for over 8 yrs and would be willing to field question on the subject during normal business hours.
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BEAUTIFUL SECLUDED CAMPSITE

5 sites · RVs, Tents30 acres · Potosi, MO
Easy access to hundreds of miles of trails and gravel roads in Mark Twain National Forest for hiking, biking, ATV / SXS. Multiple fishing ponds less than a mile away. Come and explore Missouri's best kept secret! The campground has 8 campsites, great for RV or tent campers, nestled under old-growth oak trees for shade & protection during the hot months.
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Rocky Falls Campsite

4 sites · RVs, Tents80 acres · Eminence, MO
Closest electric campsite to the wonderful Rocky Falls picnic area/swimming hole in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, where there is also a connection to the Ozark Trail to Mill Mountain Shut-Ins and historic Klepzig Mill. Enjoy the exclusive use of this electric campsite on 80 acres, mostly forest. 50 amp, 30 amp, and two 110-volt outlets. Room for up to 2 large RVs/camper trailers plus tents, so bring your family or small group. Other attractions in the area include the clear spring-fed Jacks Fork River and Current River, Blue Spring, Alley Spring, Peck Ranch Conservation Area, the Rocky Creek wild horse herd and so much more. Enjoy all these areas while camped away from the crowds in your own private campsite with a picnic table and campfire ring. Dry firewood typically available for $10 by calling host. Enjoy the fireflies and vast dark night sky with no overhead lights in an area with very little light pollution. Campsite has good cell phone coverage with most carriers.
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Delightful 1 bedroom peaceful tiny house

1 site · Lodging20 acres · Salem, MO
We bought this property to enjoy our horses and cattle as well as the small animals including our rabbits , chickens , ducks , and more . We turned one of our barns into a place to have music and line dancing, however over time it turned into a perfect place for weddings and gathering events. We enjoy meeting the people who visit our farm . The sunsets behind the barn are therapeutic and soothing to the soul! Our small animals are the heart of the farm. We enjoy them and our guests are welcome to enjoy them as well. Learn more about this land:You won’t forget the peaceful surroundings of this rustic destination. Your stay with us is sure to bring you back to simplicity of life while comfortably cozy and relaxed . While TV and WiFi are available , you will find yourself content with viewing the activities of the surroundings and serene atmosphere. Just minutes away you’ll find exciting selections of activities , excellent dining , and friendly small businesses with a wide selection of interest .Guests are welcome to our venue and we encourage meeting with us to enjoy farm animals and surroundings .This is a working farm. This includes small and large farm animals .
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Haven Hollow

1 site · RV50 acres · Rolla, MO
Learn more about this land: BIG SKY. FRESH AIR. QUIET COUNTRY Enjoy the country on 50 beautiful acres. Nearly 2 miles of walking trails on-site. Enjoy a stroll around the pond or down to the creak before sitting back for a campfire. Located less than ten minutes from Rolla. RV camping only. No tent camping. No car camping. We do not have public restrooms.
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Peaceful Tent Camping

2 sites · Tents20 acres · Dixon, MO
Learn more about this land:We offer a peaceful setting with a wonderful lake view. You can fish for crappie, bass, catfish, blue gil, goggleye and perch. Take a hike around the farm and maybe see some cows and wildlife. Or sit around a camp fire telling stories and enjoying the stars.
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Shoal Home, an Ozark getaway

1 site · Tent30 acres · Steelville, MO
Learn more about this land:Relaxing and private area, close to fishing, floating or hunting. Site has electric and well. No restroom facilities. The site is fairly level and has plenty of room. Land is mostly wooded with small streams. Two miles from the Huzzah Creek for swimming and fishing. Shoal Creek runs along the edge of the property, and lies within the Mark Twain National Forest with thousands of acres of public land available nearby. Campers MUST be respectful of our neighbors, including no loud noise after 10:30pm.
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Cedar Shipping Container Home

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Rolla, MO
Staying at our lovely cabin style shipping container is a great way to relax in our small University Town as a hopping off point for nature activities of every kind in every direction.  The container tiny home is located on the same parcel as our house and suburban permaculture project!  Rainwater collection, greenhouse, medicinals, native flowers, fruit trees, bees, compost, chickens and more!  We would love for you to come and experience our land and Cedar Shipping Container Tiny Home!Learn more about this land:Come stay in this amazing one of a kind shipping container in the heart of the Ozarks! This 20 foot shipping container has been decked out with cedar inside and out. It feels like a cozy country cabin in our suburban setting just minutes from downtown Rolla and MS&T University.   It is located on the same lot as our house and suburban permaculture project (PermacultuRolla).  Booking includes private outdoor bathroom with composting toilet and outdoor shower.  Sleeping options include double bed below as well as a loft area with 2nd double bed as well.   Walk or bike downtown or to multiple local parks.  Rolla's Ber Juan Park is just 3 blocks away (features 9 hole frisbee golf course, fitness Centre, Splash Zone, Tennis Courts, Playgrounds, Skate Park, Ballfields, and 2 mile walking/running course).Many opportunities for recreation and leisure abound in the surrounding area including: Bray Nature Area (3 miles), Audubon Bird Park and Nature Center (2 miles), Mark Twain National Forest (7 miles).   River access for floating, fishing, swimming on multiple rivers - Little Piney, Gasconade, Big Piney, Meremac, Current, Jacks Fork, Ozark National Scenic Riverways.  Hiking, Biking, and other nature opportunities abound in the surrounding areas to Rolla.  Our Urban permaculture project includes: greenhouse, gardens, medicinal herbs, native flowers, fruit and nut trees, bees, rainwater collection, chickens, tiny home building, wood fired sauna (almost complete), and more. 
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The best camping near Montauk State Park guide

Overview

About

The Current River runs through the heart of Montauk State Park, fed by seven springs and flanked by lush woodlands. Head down to the river to fish for rainbow and brown trout, then cook up your catch for a waterfront picnic. Hiking and cycling trails tempt explorers away from the water, where you can peek inside the 19th-century gristmill and spot pine warbler and great blue heron. Montauk Campground is split over three sites, all by the river, with a choice of basic and electric hookup sites. Cabins and spacious family sites are also available.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. You can reserve one of more than 150 campsites in advance via the Missouri State Parks website. 
  2. Campsite reservations open 12 months in advance and can be booked up to 7 pm on the day of arrival.
  3. Campsites can book up as fast, especially on summer and holiday weekends. Book a minimum of three months in advance to avoid disappointment.

When to go

Trout fishing season runs from March through October—outside of this time, it’s catch-and-release only. Springtime is the most picturesque time to hike, when wildflowers bloom along the riverside. Camping is possible year-round, but showers and campground facilities are only available from March through October.

Know before you go

  • Montauk State Park is set about a 30-minute drive southwest of Salem.
  • No admission fees apply for Missouri state parks, but camping reservation fees, trout tags, and fishing permits are required.
  • Park facilities include a park store, restaurant, and motel, as well as accessible restrooms, picnic areas and grills, a playground, a fish cleaning station, and a dump station.

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