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SUTTON BLUFF RECREATION AREA, MO

part ofMark Twain National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: SUTTON BLUFF RECREATION AREA (MO)
Status: Open through Mon Nov 03 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Roomy campsites surrounded by open lawn and natural shading, cool breezes, abundant songbirds and scenic views all await visitors at the Sutton Bluff Recreation Area.

The campground is a popular site for those using the nearby designated Sutton Bluff off-road vehicle trails.

Natural Features:

Sutton Bluff is located 13 miles outside Centerville, Missouri, on the Black River. It is nestled among a variety of short-leaf pine trees and shrubs, and a number of campsites sit alongside the West Fork of the Black River.

Recreation:

A 20 mile off-road vehicle trail can be accessed from the campground. Permits are required for off-road vehicle use in the area.

The Karkaghne section of the Ozark Trail, which is popular among backpackers, hikers and mountain bikers, is accessible from a trailhead less than a mile from the campground.

The West Fork of Black River provides access to a serene, slow-moving mountain stream and a natural gravel beach. Visitors enjoy wading in the waters, however the current is not strong enough to enable floating the river. Anglers can enjoy a variety of bass and bluegill.

Facilities:

The campground offers multiple single-family sites and a large group site that can accommodate up to 32 guests. Each site is equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills, and electric hookups are available for RVs.

Accessible vault and flush toilets, hot showers and drinking water are also provided. Firewood and ice are available by purchase from the campground host. A group picnic pavilion, equipped with about 10 tables, as well as grills, is perfect for large parties or family functions.

Nearby Attractions:

The small mining town of Centerville is located about six miles from the campground.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Berry Picking
  • Birding
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Creek Access
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Host
  • Hunting
  • Ice
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Mountain Biking
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Trash Collection
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Physical address and phone: Sutton Bluff, 7378 County Rd. 849, Centerville, MO 63633; Phone, (573) 648-9255
  • Additional fees will be collected at the recreation area for extra vehicles
  • Permits are required for off-road vehicle use on Forest Service trails
  • Livestock, including horses, are not permitted at the recreation area
  • 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 don'tmovefirewood.org for more information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.47639, -91.00694
37°28'35"N, 91°0'25"W

From Centerville, Missouri, travel 3 miles northeast on Highway 21. Take County Road 907 northwest for 7 miles, then turn on County Road 849 and travel south for 3 miles to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SUTTON BLUFF RECREATION AREA
PO BOX 460
Salem MO 65560

Phone Number:

Information: (573)729-6656
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