Silver Mines offers a variety of recreational opportunities and is abundant with historic and geological wonders. This beautiful area is located along the St. Francis River, the only river in Missouri classified as "white water," and is used for kayaking during the spring high waters. Silver Mines is located at a historic mining operation and is known for its Precambrian granite and felsite rocks. Silver Mines Recreation Area is named for the abandoned “Einstein Mine”, which was mined for Silver, Tungsten and Lead. The Einstein Silver Mining Company began mining in 1877, and mining ceased completely in 1946.
3 primary campground loops and one lesser used loop offer 66 individual sites, 11 sites with electric hookup, 9 double sites, and 1 group site, each with table, fire ring, lantern post and a parking spur. Some sites will accommodate RV/trailer combinations of up to 50 feet. Fourteen sites are rated for tents only. Drinking water and vault toilets are conveniently located. No water hookups, showers or dump station facilities. On-site host will assist you. Campsite is most popular during spring kayaking season.
We stayed in the group site in River bend loop. Despite being a holiday weekend the atmosphere was very chill. Kids were all over the place on their bikes like it was the 80’s. It was quiet and clean. Our site was right next to the campground hosts who were very nice and very involved (they even found my parents who made the mistake of taking the first Silver Mines exit). There is no cell reception. There IS a WalMart nearby in case you forget something. When we were here the water was very swift but not very deep. Along the river’s edge there are little pools and waterways among the boulders and the toddlers loved playing there. We had a great time and definitely wouldn’t mind going back. Only drawback: the bathrooms were sketchy inside and foul smelling (and I’m used to vault toilets).
campsites were all very secluded and had tons of trees surrounding them. just a short walk down to the beautiful river where you can see the small waterfall and hike upriver to see another. just an all around amazing spot. definitely would recommend if in the area
Each campsite is private and has it's own picnic table and fire pit. Trails from the campground lead down to the water. Depending on the water levels there are usually people kayaking through the white water. This is the perfect quick getaway from the city. Sites are first come first serve.
This campground is a fantastic place to stay to have access to the beautiful surrounding Mark Twain National Forest. We were there in early spring before the leaves came out, but there was excellent weather, fantastic hiking, and plenty to do in the area.
The sites and dispersed really well and you do not feel like you are on top of anyone else. There is some nice varied terrain around so you can be perched up high and look down on the river, or stay down low close to the river in the RV lot should you prefer.
There are pit toilets, fire rings, and access to clean water. This is a fantastic place to make home base while exploring the National Forest.
One of my favorite places in Missouri to camp. The group campground accommodates a good number of people without being on top of each other. The trail along the river just down the hill makes for a nice day hike and, in the spring, you can watch the kayakers.
This camp site has RV hook-ups and tent camping. There are trees throughout the campground if you're looking to set up a hammock. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table and is a mix of grass and light gravel. Pit toilets, no showers. Water spigots throughout the camp ground. Keep an eye out for snakes though! I nearly stepped on a copper head in the outhouse! Camp sites are a 2 minute walk to the St. Francois River. Great hiking along the river and good fishing, swimming and kayaking in the river! Also not to far from the Castor River Shut-ins if you're looking to pack two rivers into one trip. We just celebrated my husband's birthday here last weekend, though we have been a few times before. Always a blast!