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.
Markham Springs Recreation Area gets its name from former owner, M. J. Markham, who acquired the property in 1901 and operated a lumber mill at the site until the 1930s.
The Fuchs House, a five-bedroom concrete and native stone home, also sits on the property, along with a neighboring mill. At times, it is also available for rent.
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.
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.
Electric hookups are provided, as well as tables and campfire rings with grills. Lantern posts are also available. Accessible vault toilets, drinking water, showers and trash collection are provided.
Located adjacent to the Black River, the recreation area contains a small pond that dates back to the 1800s. The area is covered by a dense forest of colorful trees, including ash, elm, maple and poplar.
The small town of Williamsville is just 3 miles from the campground, offering a general store and fuel station.
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The good - site was level with 30amp electric. Two shower rooms in Birch loop with plenty of hot water. Beyond that…needs serious work.
The road coming in was a pothole minefield. You simply cannot miss them. Three of the loops were overgrown jungles. Birch loop was mowed at least. Vault toilets only. Advertised beautiful spring by the concrete house was an algae pond.
Site lists a swimming area but it is just a patch of mud beside the boat ramp. Never saw a campground host and there was not a map to be found. You are on your own to find your site.
If there is a dump station, it is very well hidden. The most use seems to be from boaters utilizing the ramp to the Black River. If you like cell signal, there was none.
Paid $36 for one night 30amp site. Waaaayyyy overpriced for services offered. Unless you really want to get away from it all, just keep driving.
We stayed here in the early spring of 2016. There was significant damage caused by the New Years floods and a whole loop was still shut down, but we were able to get a cozy river front spot that was secluded enough that we wouldn't have felt crowded even if the park had been full.
The Camp host was very friendly and more than happy to help with any of our needs. Definitely on the list of favorite spots in Missouri
peaceful place to go camping
A beautiful place indeed! The sites are all right on or right near the Black River and the forest surrounding is gorgeous. A unique experience while passing through Missouri. Wide range of trees to see in this area, and lots of opportunity for fishing in the area. I really love it because it is secluded and the sites were well spread out!