Dispersed Camping

Many people enjoy the solitude and peaceful experience of camping away from large groups of people. Dispersed camping is the term used for free camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground and at least 100 feet from any administrative site to include trails, buildings and designated recreational areas. Dispersed camping means there are no toilets, no structures, no trash cans, no treated water, and no fire grates. There are extra responsibilities required for this type of camp. It's a must to educate yourself before you try it, but we hope the adventure of dispe...

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Dispersed Camping Areas

  • Ava/Cassville/Willow Springs Ranger District area description
  • Devils Backbone Wilderness area description
  • Glade Top National Forest Scenic Byway area description
  • Stop 6 and 7: Willie Lee and Wolf Junction
  • Hercules Glades Wilderness area description
  • Coy Bald Trailhead
  • Hercules Tower Trailhead
  • Noblett Lake Recreation Area
  • Blue Spring Trailhead
  • OT - North Fork Section area description
  • Piney Creek Wilderness area description
  • Pine View Tower Trailhead
  • Ridge Runner NRT area description
  • Hay Hollow Trailhead
  • Noblett Lake Trailhead
  • Noblett Trailhead
  • Eleven Point/Doniphan Ranger District area description
  • Blue Ridge (equestrian)
  • OT - Current River Section
  • Eleven Point National Wild and Scenic River area description
  • Barn Hollow Float Camp
  • Boze Mill Float Camp
  • Cane Bluff River Access
  • Greenbriar Float Camp
  • Horseshoe Bend Float Camp
  • Morgan Spring Float Camp
  • Stinking Pond Float Camp
  • Thomasville River Access
  • Turner Mill South River Access
  • Whites Creek Float Camp
  • Whitten River Access
  • Fourche Lake Recreation Area
  • Irish Wilderness area description
  • Whites Creek Trl area description
  • Lazy C
  • OT - Between the Rivers Section area description
  • Houston/Rolla/Cedar Creek Ranger District area description
  • Big Piney
  • Big Piney River area description
  • Slabtown Recreation Area
  • Big Piney equestrian camp
  • Cedar Creek Trl System area description
  • Kaintuck Hollow area description
  • Paddy Creek Wilderness
  • Paddy Creek trailhead
  • Poplar Bluff Ranger District area description
  • Beaver Lake Recreation Area
  • OT - Wappapello Section area description
  • Potosi/Fredericktown Ranger District area description
  • Bell Mountain Wilderness
  • Brazil Creek Trailhead
  • Hazel Creek Campground
  • John J. Audubon Trl System
  • OT - Courtois Creek Section
  • OT - Marble Creek/Crane Lake section
  • OT - Taum Sauk Section
  • Palmer, Parole, Howell, and Timberline lakes
  • Rockpile Mountain Wilderness area description
  • Rockpile Mountain Trl
  • Trace Creek Section of the Ozark Trail
  • Salem Ranger District area description
  • OT - Karkaghne Section

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities