Cobb Ridge Campground is adjacent to the Chadwick Riding area, which is popular among and off-road vehicles (dirt bikes; ATVs and side by sides 50 inches or less) enthusiasts. Numerous trails provide nearly 80 miles of interconnecting loops that vary from easy to difficult terrain, winding in and out of deep, forested hollows and down long ridge tops. Family and group camping is available, providing access to Missouri's beautiful Mark Twain National Forest.
Visitors to the area mostly come for the plentiful off-road vehicle trails (motorcycle; ATVs and side by sides 50 inches or less). Some trail segments are very rocky, steep, rough, rutted and are technically challenging, while others that don't drain well have been built up with concrete. Hiking on the trails is also permissible but requires caution. If using the trails, you will need a Chadwick riding permit - they are available at our District office; Kay's Country Store in Chadwick, MO; or Casey's General Store in Sparta, MO. Cost is $45 for an annual; $7/day for motorcycles, ATVs and side by sides. $3 for mountain bike. You will need make/model and VIN# of vehicle along with rider information. The permit is valid for the machine and cannot be transferred.
The Cobb Ridge Campground provides a variety of campsite sizes, styles, development and locations. Single, double and triple camp units are designed to accommodate groups of various sizes. Campsites include traditional back-in units and easily maneuvered pull-through units; some with electrical hookups and others with only basic facilities. Tent camping is also an option. At each electric site, there are 30 and 50 amp service along with a 110 outlet.
Most sites are fairly private, but some are close together and open enough to promote visiting between other camps. Additional sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. When available, an on-site host is at the campground.
The sites are equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Flush toilets, vault toilets, and showers are provided. Hydrants are located throughout campground for all campers to use - no individual water hookups available. Trash collection facilities are provided.
The Chadwick area is mostly forested with oak, hickory and pine woods on rocky ridge tops, with a few small open forest glades. Steep ridges break into narrow hollows with scattered surface rock and occasional rock ledges and patches of eastern red cedar.
The campground is 30 miles from Springfield, Branson, Silver Dollar City and Shepherd of the Hills attractions. Lake Taneycomo is 20 miles south of Cobb Ridge.
ADA Access: N
While this is mostly an RV campground there are some tent campsites that are out of the way and usually free. It is an off-roading park so be aware of the noise.
I've watched this campground evolve over the last 30 years. Even at it's most primitive state it was glorious. Excellent space, clean, and easy to navigate with or without a camper. There are sites perfect for 1 all the way up to 40. Our tribe has reached 45 before, but we all still fit nicely.
There are beginner trails and extremely advanced trails! Don't go without a map!!
Cobb Ridge is a great place to go ATVing. The campsites are maintained have all the basic amenities. The trails are also maintained. I would not recommend hiking on these trails as ATVs and Bikes go fast on the trails and unless a hiker can hear the off roader coming they may get hurt. It has great sights and sounds, fun caves to discover and many other things as well. Would highly recommend!
This is the closest campground to Springfield in the gigantic Mark Twain National Forest. There are some sites good for groups ranging from 2 families to a whole family reunion. Great forest vibe here with lots of simple nature to explore.
Yay: Shady and private campsites. Exceptionally well taken care of (as of our visit 5 or so years ago).
Nay: A lot of the trails are for 4 wheelers, which was surprising and annoying. :
Surprise: Talk to the hosts for trail recommendations and info on the latest critter sightings.
Great forest and waterways to explore by foot and boat with historic buildings and regular park ranger-led events. Campground is very wooded with fairly secluded campsites. Modern facilities and shower house. There are some group areas, which were filled with excited but not obnoxious scouts during our areas. You need to drive to all the attractions in the park, but it’s not a problem. Simple campground to enjoy the natural beauty of this park.