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Top Dispersed Camping near Salem, MO

88 Reviews

Planning a dispersed camping trip near Salem? Dispersed camping means that no facilities or amenities are provided, so that you can truly disconnect and get back to nature. Find dispersed campsites you've visited before, or discover new spots from other campers.

Best Dispersed Camping Sites Near Salem, MO (10)

  1. Camper-submitted photo from Little Scotia Pond 4x4 Dispersed Site

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    Little Scotia Pond 4x4 Dispersed Site

    2 Reviews
    6 Photos
    6 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)
  2. Camper-submitted photo from FS-2363 Dispersed Camping - Murphy Overlook

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    FS-2363 Dispersed Camping - Murphy Overlook

    7 Reviews
    23 Photos
    215 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
  3. Camper-submitted photo from Little Scotia Pond

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    Little Scotia Pond

    1 Review
    1 Photo
    69 Saves
    Bunker, Missouri
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol
  4. Camper-submitted photo from Sunklands Conservation Area

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    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
  5. Camper-submitted photo from Courtois Creek  Dispersed

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    Courtois Creek Dispersed

    2 Reviews
    4 Photos
    80 Saves
    Davisville, Missouri

    This section is the gateway to the Ozarks--starting at Onondaga Cave State Park and winding through the Huzzah State Forest/Conservation Area, opening into the lead district of Missouri and the Mark Twain National Forest, view variegated wildlife, flora, and scenery and end up at Hazel Creek on the south. This 45-mile long section includes 7.5 miles of state land north of the Narrows Trailhead, crosses private land at the Bass Resort, follows the Berryman Trail from about mile 22 through mile 32, and connects to the Trace Creek Section on the south at the Hazel Creek Trailhead. It is part of the over 220 mile continuous through-trail. Use caution after periods of rain as the creek crossings can be hazardous. This section of trail includes springs, creeks and other water locations, as well as some popular places for trailside camping.

    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!

    Pick a Campsite and follow the Leave No Trace Principles Camp 100 feet away from trails and water sources. Treat any water found in the area before consuming it. Human waste (Feces) must be buried at least 6 inches deep and covered. Pack out all of your garbage.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol
  6. Camper-submitted photo from Blue Spring Backcountry Camping — Ozark National Scenic Riverway

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    Blue Spring Backcountry Camping — Ozark National Scenic Riverway

    6 Reviews
    15 Photos
    69 Saves
    Mountain View, Missouri

    Backcountry camping on Jacks Forks River

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • Dispersed
    • Picnic Table
  7. Camper-submitted photo from Big River Primitive Campground

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    Big River Primitive Campground

    2 Reviews
    9 Photos
    28 Saves
    Belleview, Missouri

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

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Dispersed
  8. Camper-submitted photo from Log Yard Campground Backcountry Camping — Ozark National Scenic Riverway
  9. Camper-submitted photo from Brazil Creek Camping Area

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    Brazil Creek Camping Area

    2 Reviews
    5 Photos
    11 Saves
    Potosi, Missouri

    The campsites are located on the right-hand side of the road. This is part of a trail area - camping is allowed.

    Dispersed camping is allowed along the trail.

    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!

    Pick a Campsite and follow the Leave No Trace Principles
    Camp 100 feet away from trails and water sources.
    Treat any water found in the area before consuming it.
    Human waste (Feces) must be buried at least 6 inches deep and covered.
    Pack out all of your garbage.

    For more information on Dispersed Camping visit our dispersed camping page which has information on picking a campsite, how to protect water quality, and campfires!

    • Pets
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Toilets
  10. Camper-submitted photo from Indian Trail Designated Campsites

Pet-friendly camping near Salem

Recent Dispersed Reviews In Salem

88 Reviews of 10 Salem Campgrounds