In the rolling, forested landscapes around Pulltite Campground, two of America's most beautiful spring-fed rivers combine to make up the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.
As the first national park area to protect a wild river system, visitors have plenty of scenic water activities to enjoy as well as hiking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing.
The Current River flows past the campground, offering excellent canoeing, tubing, swimming and fishing. Over 130 miles of waterways exist within the park. Canoe and kayak rentals and outfitters can be found nearby.
The historic Pulltite Cabin is across the river from the campground. The only way to see the cabin is by boat or by wading across the river. The cabin is next to scenic Pulltite Spring, for which the campground is named.
Several miles of hiking and horseback riding trails crisscross the region, include the Alley Overlook Trail, Chubb Hollow Trail, Ozark Trail, Cave Spring Trail and Big Springs Trail.
This year-round campground has flush toilets and showers facilities available April 15 through October 15. Picnic tables, fire rings, and grills are provided. Roads and parking spurs are paved. Ranger-led campfire programs are offered in the campground amphitheater during summer months.
The Ozark National Scenic Riverways is known for its caves, springs, sinkholes and losing streams, and features over 300 identified caves within its boundaries. They range in size from a rock overhang to almost seven miles of identified passages. Eight caves, including an open sinkhole, have been designated as outstanding natural features.
The Ozark forest is mostly White oak and Shortleaf pine, Missouri's only native pine species. Along the rivers, Sycamore, Cottonwood, River birch and maples are common. Redbud and Dogwoods are also abundant, putting on a spectacular show during most spring months.
Scenic Round Spring Cave is nearby, with ranger-guided tours offered daily during summer months. Historic and picturesque Alley Mill and Alley Spring are also nearby. The mill is open daily in the summer and rangers offer tours upon request.
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Paved throughout. Plenty of clean restrooms and showers. MAKE RESERVATIONS! This campground exploded in the last few years and it's always packed when we go anymore is the only downside. Nice, basic and electric sites. Riverfront sites also. Some group sites there also. Floating can be reserved at the campground store.
This is a very popular campground during the “in-season”. Limited spots that can’t be reserved, and many that can. Tent spaces, RV hook-ups ans group spots. Many people who canoe the Current River stay here. Good, clean restrooms with separate shower stalls. Nightly fun activities, close to many different hiking trails, and an on-site general store.
This campsite is great if you are wanting to float on the Current River. We have stayed at Pulltite Campsite every summer for 6 years in a row, and it never disappoints.
One of my favorite campgrounds. Spots right on the current river make it a beautiful place to stay or a great place to put in or take out. Usually not too crowded, and the spots are pretty secluded.
Enjoy canoeing this area, we try to go every year. This is also a great place to overnight camp and continue on down the river!
This campground is right on the Current River. We had the best time here. You can rent a canoe right here at the store and the people are extremely friendly! The store has everything you need, or forgot! Just remember that they only have 20 sites that are first come, but more that you can make reservations for. Also, you must make a reservation for the canoe!
This is a great campground if you want to spend the day next to the river or use it as a launch, mid-float overnight, or an end point of a day on the Current River. There is a private rafting/canoeing outfitter shop on site, but it wasn’t open when we were there (we came for the sole purpose of camping, and our favorite Current River outfitter is 7 miles upstream anyway).There was some really bad flooding a few years ago that caused some significant damage in the area that closed campground as well as some others along the river, but the campground seems to have come out ok (or they really did a good job cleaning up!). Sites are not that private, but nice and level and grassy with the usual fire ring and picnic table. SOme sites had trees for hammocks and some, not so much. We came on Easter weekend and since it was a bit cool and rain was expected, we pretty much had the place to ourselves. We did have a nice visit with a couple from Vermont on their way back from seeing the Sandhill Crane migration in Nebraska. Our site was on the river side of the loop, a short walk to the canoe landing as well as the bathhouse. The bathhouse was clean enough, with showers that were functional. We have used the bathrooms while waiting for our outfitter to pick us up after a day of floating, and even on really busy weekends with sell out crowds in the campground the bathhouse seemed to be clean enough.
Clean with a general store and huge restroom
My family has been coming to Pulltite for a couple decades. In Spring time it's fantastic! Not much for hiking in the campground itself, but if you like to paddle…there's plenty of places to put in and take out for canoeing and kayaking along the Current River. For those who like to "rough it" …but not too much, there's some basic showers (2 locations) and flush toilets (3 locations). Might be a bit of a walk from some of the campsites, but nothing too unreasonable. 2-5 minute walk at most. The raccoons and armadillos can be a bit rowdy and too close for comfort some nights, so secure your food carefully. Also, in recent years, black bear sightings are becoming more frequent. Keep that in mind. This is not a place for the kids to run wild. Keep an eye out for copperheads and water moccasins along with black widow spiders. The gnats can get pretty bad in the evenings but quickly go away once the sun sets. The closer you stay toward the camp hosts and the store, the more crowded the sites are. But if you get down the road farther, the camp sites space out a bit more and offer some privacy. Some sites even have immediate river access, others do not.
The sites we reserve yearly have river access and are down a "dead end" portion of road which gives us a ton of privacy for our group.
Pulltite campground IS park of the National Park Service, so keep in mind all the regulations and quiet times and rules that come with staying in a National Park.
This campground has pretty much everything you could want: running water, hot showers, a general store, direct river access, ranger programs, shaded campsites. Half the sites can be reserved, but half are walk-in only. The host and rangers are great and keeping the partiers from getting crazy. Walk down to the river at night for a beautiful viewing of the moon and stars!