Mark Twain National Forest
401 Fairgrounds Road
Rolla, MO 65401
Sutton Bluff Recreation Area
Area Status: Open
The Sutton Bluff Campground is set alongside the West Fork of the Black River in a forested hardwood bottom. The campground is a popular site for those using the nearby designated Sutton Bluff Motorcycle and ATV Trails. A small natural gravel beach is also popular for wading, swimming and recreating along the river, however, there is no lifeguard on duty and the water quality and currents are not monitored. The Karkaghne Section of the Ozark Trail is accessed from a nearby trailhead. The campground area offers 34 sites, each with a table, lantern post, and fire ring. Drinking water, trash service, flush and vault toilets and showers are available. A group picnic shelter that accommodates up to 75 people can be reserved through www.recreation.gov, or used first come, first served when not reserved. No horses permitted within the developed recreation area. No water or sewer hookups.
At a Glance
Dayuse & Campground open: 3/28/13 - 11/4/13. Use restricted to overnight campers only between 10PM and 6AM.
24 of the sites are available for reservations through www.recreation.gov, or by calling 877-444-6777. A $9 reservation fee is charged for this service in addition to the camping fees listed. The remaining 10 sites (and any unreserved sites) are available on first come first serve basis. Nightly fees are $8 for single sites and $16 for double sites, Electric sites are extra.
No horses in campground; ATV use in campground limited to ingress and egress
Pressurized Drinking Water System - No hookups
Flush, with showers - No hookups and separate Vault Toilet
Concession (573) 648-9255
7378 Co. Rd. 849
Centerville, MO 63633
From Centerville MO, Go 3 miles north on MO Hwy 21/72 to Reynolds CO Rd 907. Turn left on 907 and go 7 miles to jctn of Reynolds Co RD 849. Turn left and go 2 miles to Sutton Bluff campground.
Camping & Cabins
This newly renovated campground has 30 single campsites, 3 doubles, and one group campsite. Each of these has a picnic table, pedestal grill, and lantern post. Most are roomy, with a wide, flat-to-gently sloping paved parking spur.
Can accommodate RV/trailer combinations of up to 60” in length. Electrical hookups available at this location. No water or sewer hookups available. Flush toilet and showers available.
1 group camp site which can accommodate up to 32 people and is avalable for reservations at www.recreation.gov.
River and Stream Fishing
Bank or wade fishing for smallmouth bass in the West Fork of the Black Rover.
The Karkaghne Section of the Ozark Trail is accessed from a nearby trailhead. More information on this trail can be found by clicking here. This almost 30-mile long trail connects the Middle Fork and Blair Creek Sections, and is part of a continuous more than 200 mile-long trail. Other trailheads for this section are found near Highway 72 and P, and near Oates.
The Karkaghne Section of the Ozark Trail is accessed from a nearby trailhead. More information on this trail can be found by clicking here.
OHV Riding & Camping
This campground serves the nearby Sutton Bluff ATV and Motorcycle Trail System. Forest permits are required for riding these trails. Many campsites are roomy enough to accommodate ATV's and trailers. From here, you must trailer any unlicensed vehicles to the trails, unless you also possess a county permit for that vehicle.
OHV Trail Riding
This almost 25 mile-long trail system is located within the rugged river breaks of the West Fork of the Black River. The segmented trails are accessed via county roads and Forest Service system roads; trails cannot be accessed directly from the campground without riding along the road. There are varying levels of difficulty over each segment, following forested ridge tops and crossing deep hollows. State regulations apply on all vehicles using public roads. Trail use permits are required and are for ATVs, UTVs and motorcycles only. No ATVs, UTVs or equipment greater than 50 inches in width are permitted on trails. Check alerts and notices page for current closures.
A pavilion with 10 picnic tables and pedestal grills can be reserved through www.recreation.gov. Day use fee for those not staying in the campground is $2/vehicle.
There is no managed swimming in this area. However, this part of the West Fork of the Black River is popular for water play and cooling off during the summer. The water is not monitored or tested, rocks and drop-offs are not marked, and the current can be strong, especially during periods of high water. Enter the stream at your own risk