Pine Ridge Recreation Area Campground

Ashland, Missouri 65010

Pine Ridge Recreation Area Campground

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"Pine Ridge Recreation is a beautiful place to escape the hustle and bustle of college life at the University of Missouri in Columbia, or the craziness of civil service at the state capital in nearby Jefferson City. It’s located in the Cedar Creek District of the Mark Twain National Forest, on land that’s in the transition zone between forest and tallgrass prairie. A grove of pines planted by the CCC shades the camp, and Pine Ridge is a trailhead for the 35-mile Cedar Creek Trail.

The Katy Trail, a 225-mile Rails-to- Trails conversion running from Clinton to St. Charles, follows the nearby Missouri River, and one of its most scenic stretches is a few miles west of Pine Ridge. Pine Ridge reflects its name very well—it’s a beautiful hideaway in a grove of evergreens on a broad ridge. Towering pines shade every site, and a grassy open space is perfect for catching rays or tossing a Frisbee. The recreation area is laid out in a tadpole-shaped loop with shady picnic sites along the entrance road."

Pine Ridge Recreation Area Campground Trip Reports

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Administered by the US Forest Service, This campground was excellent. The sites were clean and well maintained. The grass was mowed and the pine trees for which it was named were amazing.

The facilities were about how I like them: a community water faucet and an outhouse. There are places where someone with a trailer could park, but no hookups. That works for me, it generally weeds out a lot of people I wouldn't want to deal with.

My only complaint would be that it's so popular. There are 7 camp sites plus picnic areas. On the Saturday night of my trip, every sight was full, plus there were people camped in between the sights, and even folks camped in the picnic area. I talked with one of the people from the Forest Service and she told me that fall is the busiest time. It makes sense as it's still warm enough, the foliage is beautiful and the college (MU in Colombia) is in session. Luckily the lack of real facilities seems to keep the inexperienced campers out - I really didn't see any of the rampant stupidity so common in most campgrounds.

All in all it was an excellent experience, and definitely one I plan on repeating.

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Mark Twain National Forest
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