Paddy Creek Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This recreation area is nestled in a hollow along Paddy Creek, a major tributary to the Big Piney River, 1/2 mile away. It provides a picnic area and 23 campsites. It is located adjacent to the east boundary of the Paddy Creek Wilderness and is one of the 3 trailheads for the Big Piney Trail.Paddy Creek flows year-round and is a crystal clear wading creek.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Campground open April 1 – December 1.  Picnic area open year-round. Campers only in campground after 10:00 PM.
Fees No fees, but donations accepted.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Roby, Licking, MO
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From Roby, MO take Hwy 17 north 2 miles, turn east on Slabtown Road (formerly Forest Road 7600).  Go 6 miles and turn south on Paddy Creek Road (formerly Forest Road 220) for 2 miles to recreation area.



Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

RV Camping


Can accommodated up to 34' RVs. No hookups available at this location.

Group Camping

Dispersed Camping


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Nature Viewing

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Water Activities

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