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9MT: Markham Springs Campground Host

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Markham Springs Campground is set on the Black River in a scenic and historic recreation area in the southwestern corner of Missouri's Mark Twain National Forest. The area provides access to multiple trails and recreational opportunities. The campground offers single and double sites for tent and RV camping. Some rather primitive sites are located in a wooded setting near the river. There are 11 electric hookups are provided, 40 primitive sites as well as tables and campfire rings with grills. Lantern posts are also available. There are two accessible vault toilets, drinking water, two showers and trash collection is provided. The area is covered by a dense forest of colorful trees, including ash, elm, maple and poplar. River and stream fishing are popular activities near the campground. The Black River boasts bass, sunfish, walleye and catfish. Many anglers fish from boats, but others fish from the riverbanks. Canoeing and kayaking is also possible on the river. Various day hikes within the Markham Springs Trail System are accessible from the campground. Eagle Bluff Trail is a 1.5-mile loop along the river, where birding and wildlife viewing are favorite pastimes. Campground Camping

The modern campground loop features 5 single campsites and 6 double campsites, each with electric hook-up and accessible table, firering, and lantern post. This loop has a concrete vault toilet, water hydrant, and hot showers.

Primitive camping loops feature individual sites with few amenities in a wooded setting along the Black River.

Most campsites can accommodate tents or camping trailers or RVs up to 34 feet in length. Maximum of 2 vehicles and/or 8 persons at a single site, and 16 persons at a double site.

RV Camping Recreation areas with active RV Camping:

Can accommodated up to 34' RVs. Electrical hookups available at this location. No water or sewer hookups available.


From Poplar Bluff, take Highway 67 north for 14 miles, then drive west on Highway 49 for 9 miles (about 3 miles past the town of Williamsville). Take the first right after crossing the Black River to enter Markham Springs Recreation Area.

Start Date - 2022-05-15

End Date - 2022-09-15

Activities include: Campground/Site Host

Difficulty_Level: Not Difficult

Hosts Housing Amenities: Camp Sites;RV/Trailer Pads

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About USDA Forest Service


1400 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20250, US

Mission Statement

The USDA Forest Service's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.


The United States Forest Service (USFS) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that administers the nation’s 154 national forests and 20 national grasslands, spanning 193 million acres of land.


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Forest Rd 2997Elsinore, MO 63937



  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Water Recreation


  • People 55+


  • Sunday;Monday;Thursday;Friday;Saturday

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