Top Free Dispersed Camping near Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Looking for dispersed camping near Ozark National Scenic Riverways? Here you'll find a diverse selection of places to camp, including remote dispersed camping to boondocking, and everything in-between. You're sure to find the perfect dispersed campsite for your Missouri excursion.

Best Dispersed Sites Near Ozark National Scenic Riverways, MO (18)

    Camper-submitted photo from Log Yard Campground Backcountry Camping — Ozark National Scenic Riverway
    Camper-submitted photo from Log Yard Campground Backcountry Camping — Ozark National Scenic Riverway
    Camper-submitted photo from Log Yard Campground Backcountry Camping — Ozark National Scenic Riverway
    Camper-submitted photo from Log Yard Campground Backcountry Camping — Ozark National Scenic Riverway
    Camper-submitted photo from Log Yard Campground Backcountry Camping — Ozark National Scenic Riverway
    Camper-submitted photo from Log Yard Campground Backcountry Camping — Ozark National Scenic Riverway
    Camper-submitted photo from Blue Spring Backcountry Camping — Ozark National Scenic Riverway
    Camper-submitted photo from Blue Spring Backcountry Camping — Ozark National Scenic Riverway
    Camper-submitted photo from Blue Spring Backcountry Camping — Ozark National Scenic Riverway
    Camper-submitted photo from Blue Spring Backcountry Camping — Ozark National Scenic Riverway
    Camper-submitted photo from Blue Spring Backcountry Camping — Ozark National Scenic Riverway
    Camper-submitted photo from Blue Spring Backcountry Camping — Ozark National Scenic Riverway

    2.

    Blue Spring Backcountry Camping — Ozark National Scenic Riverway

    6 Reviews
    15 Photos
    78 Saves
    Mountain View, Missouri

    Backcountry camping on Jacks Forks River

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • Dispersed
    • Picnic Table
    Camper-submitted photo from Sunklands Conservation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Sunklands Conservation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Sunklands Conservation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Sunklands Conservation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Sunklands Conservation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Sunklands Conservation Area

    3.

    Sunklands Conservation Area

    1 Review
    6 Photos
    22 Saves
    Hartshorn, Missouri

    Few regions today preserve the wild and natural beauty of the Ozarks as well as Sunklands. Sunklands Conservation Area combined the former Sunklands-Burr Oak Basin Natural Area and Skunk Pond, Hartshorn, and Shannondale conservation areas with Kerr-McGee land. Sunklands is valuable for its array of native plant and animal species. The area is the only known habitat in Missouri for monkshood, a showy purple wildflower. Several upland ponds or sinkholes contain water and form a marshy area. The wetlands are rare and important homes to salamanders and other amphibians that require a fish-free habitat.

    Open Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack Designated Camping Sites

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Cane Bluff River Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Cane Bluff River Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Cane Bluff River Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Cane Bluff River Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Cane Bluff River Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Cane Bluff River Access

    4.

    Cane Bluff River Access

    3 Reviews
    7 Photos
    89 Saves
    Alton, Missouri
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • Dispersed
    • Trash
    Camper-submitted photo from McCormack Lake Rec Area

    5.

    McCormack Lake Rec Area

    3 Reviews
    1 Photo
    21 Saves
    Alton, Missouri

    McCormack Lake Recreation Area is located near Greer Spring and offers good fishing and boating. It is located on paved Forest Road 3155 off of Highway 19. This site has semi-developed picnic and camping facilities. There is hiking at McCormack Lake Recreation Area also. This is a trailhead for the 3.7-mile McCormack-Greer Trail, which ends at Greer Crossing Picnic Area and also connects to Ozark Trail. The 15-acre lake is stocked annually with panfish and bass being the catch of the day. The lake is a non-motorized area; boat motors are not allowed. An electric trolling motor is permitted. There is ample parking for picnickers and fishermen. The campground is primitive with limited picnic tables, firerings and lantern posts. A vault toilet is provided. No water is available.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Tents
    • Trash
    • Picnic Table
    • Drinking Water
    Camper-submitted photo from FS-2363 Dispersed Camping - Murphy Overlook
    Camper-submitted photo from FS-2363 Dispersed Camping - Murphy Overlook
    Camper-submitted photo from FS-2363 Dispersed Camping - Murphy Overlook
    Camper-submitted photo from FS-2363 Dispersed Camping - Murphy Overlook
    Camper-submitted photo from FS-2363 Dispersed Camping - Murphy Overlook
    Camper-submitted photo from FS-2363 Dispersed Camping - Murphy Overlook

    6.

    FS-2363 Dispersed Camping - Murphy Overlook

    9 Reviews
    23 Photos
    231 Saves
    Black, Missouri

    Many people enjoy the solitude and peaceful experience of camping away from large groups of people. Dispersed camping is the term used for free camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means there are no toilets, no structures, no trash cans, no treated water, and no fire grates. There are extra responsibilities required for this type of camp. It's a must to educate yourself before you try it, but we hope the adventure of dispersed camping in the Mark Twain National Forest calls to you!

    Picking a Campsite

    If you are going to an area where others have camped, pick a site that's been used before. If there is no existing campsite, then follow these Leave No Trace guidelines:

    Camp on bare soil if possible, to avoid damaging or killing plants and grass. Camp 100 feet away from any water source - plants near water and water sources are fragile. Camp 100 feet away from any administrative site (Trails, Recreational Areas and/or Building). Campfires

    Many wildfires are caused by human activity, including escaped fires from dispersed campers. Campfires are allowed UNLESS there are fire restrictions in effect-know before you go!

    Use camp stoves when possible Use existing fire rings if they exist; NEVER LEAVE A FIRE UNATTENDED.
    When ashes are COLD and DEAD OUT, scatter outside of the campsite before you leave. If you don't bring wood, collect only dead/downed wood. Please never cut any live trees.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Little Scotia Pond 4x4 Dispersed Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Little Scotia Pond 4x4 Dispersed Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Little Scotia Pond 4x4 Dispersed Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Little Scotia Pond 4x4 Dispersed Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Little Scotia Pond 4x4 Dispersed Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Little Scotia Pond 4x4 Dispersed Site

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    Little Scotia Pond 4x4 Dispersed Site

    2 Reviews
    6 Photos
    17 Saves
    Bunker, Missouri

    Remember to LNT when dispersed camping. https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/mtnf/recreation/camping-cabins/?recid=21644&actid=34

    Many people enjoy the solitude and peaceful experience of camping away from large groups of people. Dispersed camping is the term used for free camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground and at least 100 feet from any administrative site to include trails, buildings and designated recreational areas. Dispersed camping means there are no toilets, no structures, no trash cans, no treated water, and no fire grates. There are extra responsibilities required for this type of camp. It's a must to educate yourself before you try it, but we hope the adventure of dispersed camping in the Mark Twain National Forest calls to you!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    Camper-submitted photo from Little Scotia Pond

    8.

    Little Scotia Pond

    1 Review
    1 Photo
    72 Saves
    Bunker, Missouri
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol
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      9.

      Whitten River Access

      1 Review
      7 Saves
      Alton, Missouri
      • Pets
      • Fires
      • Tents
      • Group
      • Dispersed
      • Toilets
      Camper-submitted photo from Big River Primitive Campground
      Camper-submitted photo from Big River Primitive Campground
      Camper-submitted photo from Big River Primitive Campground
      Camper-submitted photo from Big River Primitive Campground
      Camper-submitted photo from Big River Primitive Campground
      Camper-submitted photo from Big River Primitive Campground

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      Big River Primitive Campground

      2 Reviews
      9 Photos
      31 Saves
      Belleview, Missouri

      Backcountry Primitive Campsite next to a water source with a fire ring. All garbage must be carried out

      • Pets
      • Fires
      • Dispersed
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Which is the most popular dispersed campsite near Ozark National Scenic Riverways?

    According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular dispersed campground near Ozark National Scenic Riverways is Log Yard Campground Backcountry Camping — Ozark National Scenic Riverway with a 4.5-star rating from 6 reviews.

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