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part ofMark Twain National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


Shell Knob Recreation Site is situated along a bluff overlooking the White River arm of beautiful Table Rock Lake, in an unincorporated portion of Shell Knob. It is a great location to relax and enjoy being away from it all. The site can best be described as resembling a city park with a view. Even though it is near numerous subdivisions, Shell Knob is an unincorporated community.

Natural Features:

The pavilion was once the site of Civilian Conservation Corps camp, which operated from 1936 to 1942. Several historic features are still visible within the site. The surrounding area is heavily wooded and provides scenic forest views.


A tennis court, sand volleyball court, a double horseshoe pit and a playground are available. A short walking trail leads to a scenic overlook of Table Rock Lake.


The site includes a lighted pavilion with kitchen facilities, numerous picnic tables and two parking areas. Accessible vault toilets are provided. Drinking water is available only during warm weather months. Only the pavilion can be rented, not the entire site.

Nearby Attractions:

Table Rock Lake, which offers all kinds of recreational opportunities, is adjacent to the Shell Knob Recreation Site.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Drinking Water (Peak Season)
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Lights
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Tennis Courts
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Volleyball Courts
Within 10 Miles
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Lake Access
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
Know Before You Go
  • Click here for more information on the Mark Twain National Forest
  • Don't move firewood: To limit the spread of invasive tree-killing pests, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Some states have quarantines and may confiscate your firewood. Please help protect our forests from invasive species by obtaining your firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Visit dontmovefirewood.org for more information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.61306, -93.59583
36°36'47"N, 93°35'45"W

From Shell Knob, take Highway 39 to Highway YY. Follow Highway YY 1 mile east to entrance on the right (south) side of the road.

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Phone Number:

Information:  (417)847-2144
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