Dry Fork Recreation Area Campground

Ashland, Missouri

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Dry Fork Recreation Area is a peaceful campground on the northern edge of the Missouri Ozarks. The landscape around Dry Fork is a transition zone where forest gives way to grassland, featuring a mix of oak, hickory, and pine forest with scattered prairie openings. Consequently, you’ll see a variety of wildlife in this diverse terrain. From your campsite at Dry Fork you can explore this interesting landscape on the 35-mile Cedar Creek Trail System. A network of three loops open to hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians, the Cedar Creek Trail runs past the camp. Its eight private sites are tucked into groves of cedars in the surrounding oak-hickory-pine forest, and a pineshaded picnic area is just up the road from camp. Hidden away on a gravel road in the forest, it’s a nice quiet place to spend a few days. All its sites are well spaced, private, and shady. Best of all, the campground is open year-round on a donation-only basis, and unlike many other campgrounds in Missouri, frost-free hydrants let the water stay on all year long. If you’re an equestrian you’ll really like Dry Fork.
Best Tent Camping: Missouri and the Ozarks

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Best Tent Camping: Missouri and the Ozarks

by Steve Henry (Menasha Ridge Press)

Dry Fork Recreation Area is a peaceful campground on the northern edge of the Missouri Ozarks. The landscape around Dry Fork is a transition zone where forest gives way to grassland, featuring a mix of oak, hickory, and pine forest with scattered prairie openings. Consequently, you’ll see a variety of wildlife in this diverse terrain. From your campsite at Dry Fork you can explore this interesting landscape on the 35-mile Cedar Creek Trail System. A network of three loops open to hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians, the Cedar Creek Trail runs past the camp.

Its eight private sites are tucked into groves of cedars in the surrounding oak-hickory-pine forest, and a pineshaded picnic area is just up the road from camp. Hidden away on a gravel road in the forest, it’s a nice quiet place to spend a few days. All its sites are well spaced, private, and shady. Best of all, the campground is open year-round on a donation-only basis, and unlike many other campgrounds in Missouri, frost-free hydrants let the water stay on all year long. If you’re an equestrian you’ll really like Dry Fork.

©  Steve Henry/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Ashland
Campsites: 8 sites
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mark Twain National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Dry Fork Recreation Area Campground

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