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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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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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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Flying W Store & Camping LLC

44 sites · RVs, Tents98 acres · Jadwin, MO
Learn more about this land:Located between two Canoe Rentals on Upper Current River. Campground is 2 miles from River. We are also 4.5miles from Flat Nasty Off Road Park. Check out our fb or flyingwstoreandcamping.com
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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 private natural preserve, dedicated to fostering the natural Ozark experience.   We border the 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 4 campsites that provides the experience in camping in the woods. Site 1, Little Brushy Creek. Site 3, Bills Hill. Site 6, Hidden Hollow, and site 7, Roberts Mountain. 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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Pine Valley at Dillard Mill

5 sites · Lodging43 acres · Davisville, MO
Pine Valley is located in the heart of the Mark Twain National Forest and sits just a short walk away from historic Dillard Mill. Book the entire Farm or stay in an Airstream or Cottage. Group rentals Welcome! Pine Valley is on 43 acres of beautiful green pasture and woodland. Take a hike on one of the trails around the property or go fishing or wading on the Huzzah Creek. Spend your evening roasting marshmallows around your private campfire. Guests will have access to the 40 acres of land surrounding them. There are two ponds on the premise. Enjoy the quarter-mile walk to the old Dillard Mill Store, displayed in museum fashion at the entrance of Dillard Mill State Historic Site. Tour the old grist mill in working form, fish for sunfish, smallmouth bass and largemouth bass at the Mill, and take memorable photos. Just across from our main entrance take the half-mile trail through Mark Twain National Forest and skip rocks on the Huzzah Creek! Ask us about access to our private gravel bar on the Huzzah. You will pass it, and the private parking, on Dillard Mill Rd on your drive into Pine Valley We may or may not be on the premise during individual rentals. If there are any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out. Other things to note While this space provides most utilities and amenities you'd find at your home, it is important to note it is still a camping-style getaway. We do our best to treat the area, but you will encounter insects. AT&T has limited cell phone reception in the area, Sprint is very spotty, and Verizon is pretty much unavailable for service. We provide the best free wifi available to help with communication back to the real world, but it is rather slow. The best wifi reception is near the General Store/Courtyard. We try and keep the area well maintained. You may see ATVs/tractors on our property and on the gravel road. Pets are welcome for an extra $50 per stay. Please note our dogs may be on the property. They are friendly and well-behaved, although sometimes curious. Other guests may have no-leash pets as well. Park right next to your glamper. Arrive anytime after 4pm, just give us an eta to know when to expect you. If your glamper is not ready upon your arrival, feel free to explore our farm, visit Dillard Mill or head down to the Huzzah while we make it ready for your stay. Self Check-In is always the norm for added privacy. We won't bother you except to wave or maybe say hello if you're out and about. Please feel free to approach us with questions, niceties, or needs.
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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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Twisted H Ranch LLC

1 site · RV120 acres · Mountain View, MO
Welcome to Twisted H Ranch, a serene 120-acre working cattle farm nestled in the heart of nature's beauty. Our campground offers 8 spacious campsites, each equipped with full-service hook-ups including sewer, water, and electricity. For your convenience, we also provide a laundry and shower house on-site, ensuring a comfortable stay year-round. Located just 2 miles from the Upper Jack's Fork River, outdoor enthusiasts will find endless opportunities for adventure. Whether you prefer floating along the clear spring waters of the Current River or exploring scenic hiking trails, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Bring your bike and tackle our challenging loop trail, or simply unwind and observe the abundant wildlife that calls our campground home. At Twisted H Ranch, our goal is to provide a safe and relaxing retreat where you can connect with nature and rejuvenate your spirit. Sit back, listen to the soothing sounds of the peepers, and marvel at the starry night sky. As we continue to expand our offerings, we look forward to welcoming you to our ranch and creating unforgettable memories together. Join us in 2024 as we complete our two cabins, outdoor riding arena, and horse stalls, adding even more excitement to your stay.
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Big Rock Candy mountain

4 sites · RVs, Tents20 acres · Raymondville, MO
Developed in 2000 and renovated in 2020 you will find this campground to be an unexpected pleasure. Located 1.5 miles from the beautiful Current River and the Ozark National Scenic Riverways come and enjoy the remoteness and amazing scenery of this region.Learn more about this land:Located 1.5 miles from the Current River @ Cedar Grove. We have a Restaurant and bar, tons of trees, pool, large grass event area,hiking, biking, and horse trails, fishing, floating, Bo’s Hallow, Mauntauk State Park, Upper Current River, and the Ozark National Scenic Riverways and good vibes.
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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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