Cobb Ridge Recreation Area


Area Status: Open

Nestled on top of the ridge, in the hills, visitors will be able to experience the Ozark hills while camping and enjoying nature in the surrounding areas. The campground fills quickly on the weekends when the weather is nice, especiallly holiday weekends. The Chadwick area is mostly forested with oak, hickory and pine woods on rocky ridge tops, with a few small open forest glades. Steep ridges break into narrow hollows with scattered surface rock and occasional rock ledges and patches of eastern red cedar.

Cobb Ridge Recreation Area lies in the center of the Chadwick Motorcycle and ATV use area, which is popular among motorcycle, dirt bike and off-road vehicle enthusiasts. Numerous trails provide nearly 80 miles of interconnecting loops that vary from easy to difficult terrain, winding in and out of deep, forested hollows and down long ridge tops. Visitors to the campground mostly come for the plentiful off-road vehicle trails.

At a Glance

Operational Hours:
  • Check out time: 2:00PM
  • Quiet Hours are 10:00 PM - 6:00AM, only registered campers overnight. 
Reservations: Some first come, first served. Reservation recommended for some sites -
  • Group sites can be reserved up to 12 months in advance.
  • Standard sites can be reserved up to 6 months in advance.
  • Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance of visit.
Go to: Recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777 to make a reservation.
Fees: Camping Fees
  • $10 for single nonelectric sites;
  • $15 for single electric sites;
  • $45 for the group sites.
Permit Info: Riding permit required for Chadwick Trails. Visit the Passes and Permits section of the site for prices and how to buy Mark Twain passes.
Open Season: January - December
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: March through November
Restrictions:
  • Campers required to check-in with on-site host upon arrival and to pick up fee envelope if the site was not reserved online.
  • Campground: Fees will be paid at the fee tube provided.
  • Fireworks are prohibited.
  • Campsite parking allows for two vehicles per site. Park only in designated parking areas.
  • No more than 8 people are permitted at single sites (16 for double sites).
  • Dogs must be on a 6 foot leash in the campground.
  • Only collect dead and downed wood for campfires. 
Information on Chadwick Trail restrictions can be found on the Chadwick Trail page.
Closest Towns: Nearby towns with services include
  • Chadwick,
  • Sparta,
  • Ozark,
  • Forsyth
The campground is 38 miles from Springfield and 26.9 miles from Branson.
Water: Pressurized Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush and vault
Passes: There is a 50% discount for camping for anyone with an Interagency Access or Senior Pass. Interagency passes cover the full day use fees, excluding busses. Pass information can be found on the Passes and Permits page of the website. 
Operated By: USDA Forest Service
Information Center: Ava Cassville/Willow Springs Ranger District
Email | Phone and Address

General Information

Directions:

From Chadwick

  • take Hwy 125 south 1.5 miles
  • then turn right onto Hwy H and travel about 2 miles
  • turn right onto Lookout Road and travel to where the pavement ends
  • the entrance to the campground is on the left hand side where the pavement ends.

Accessibility:
  • Site #10 is handicap accessible, but there is no electricity.
  • Vault toilet is accessible
  • Showers are accessible

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Mountain Biking

Nearly 80 miles of ATV, motorcycle and mountain bike trails, winding in and out of deep, forested hollows and down long ridge tops, that’s Chadwick Motorcycle and ATV Area

This trail is heavily used by ATV/OHV users. ATV's do have the right-of-way, so please be prepared for frequent stops. 

Most trails stay on the ridge tops or hollow bottoms, with connecting trails crossing slide slopes. Some trail sections offer greater challenges than others. Various methods may be used to indicate closed trails. Travel only open marked trails, and stay off closed routes.

Off-trail travel is allowed only at two locations in the Chadwick Area. One is the 3-acre Family Play Area just to the west of Camp Ridge Campground. The other is the 5-acre Trials Bike Area, located between Trails 110 and 135, near the head of Cobb Ridge. These areas are shown on the map provided at the top of the page.

Orange Diamonds with trail numbers mark the open, designated trails. 

There are three trailheads - KC Pavilion, Oak Camp, and Camp Ridge. Visitors camping at Cobb Ridge can access the trail from the campground, but there's no day use parking or designated trailhead at Cobb Ridge Recreation Area.

Many trail segments that don’t drain well have been armored with interlocking concrete blocks.

Campground Camping

The Cobb Ridge Campground provides a variety of campsite sizes, styles, development and locations. Most sites are fairly private, but some are close together and open enough to promote visiting between other camps. Some sites are reservable, while additional sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A year-round on-site host is available at the campground. 

The sites are equipped with tables, lantern posts, and campfire rings with grills. Flush and vault toilets, and drinking water are provided. Trash collection facilities are provided. There is a warm water shower building with 4 shower stalls, one of the stalls is handicap accessible. 

Campsites include traditional back-in units and easily maneuvered pull-through units. Some single sites are long and wide enough to accommodate at least two motor vehicles and one towed trailer. Tent camping is also an option. 

Please check the map on recreation.gov for which sites are back-in or pull-through. 

The sites with electrical hookups have 110v outlets, and 30 and 50 amp breakers.
 

No. of Sites Sites: 45
  • Single Sites:
    • 5 non-electric, tent only
    • 12 non-electric, tent or RV
    • 25 electric, tent or RV
  • Group Sites
    • 2 electric, pull-through sites that accomodate up to 3 camping units and 24 people
 
No. of Accessible sites
  • Site #10 is accessible

RV Camping

The Cobb Ridge Campground provides a variety of campsite sizes, styles, development and locations. Most sites are fairly private, but some are close together and open enough to promote visiting between other camps. Some sites are reservable, while additional sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A year-round on-site host is available at the campground. 

The sites are equipped with tables, lantern posts, and campfire rings with grills. Flush and vault toilets, and drinking water are provided. Trash collection facilities are provided. There is a warm water shower building with 4 shower stalls, one of the stalls is handicap accessible. 

No water or sewer hookups available.

Campsites include traditional back-in units and easily maneuvered pull-through units. Some single sites are long and wide enough to accommodate at least two motor vehicles and one towed trailer. Tent camping is also an option. 

Please check the map on recreation.gov for which sites are back-in or pull-through. 

The sites with electrical hookups have 110v outlets, and 30 and 50 amp breakers.

No. of Sites Sites: 40 out of 45 sites at the campground accommodate RVs
  • Single Sites:
    • 5 non-electric, tent only
    • 12 non-electric, tent or RV
    • 25 electric, tent or RV
  • Group Sites
    • 2 electric, pull-through sites that accomodate up to 3 camping units and 24 people
Vehicle Clearence No restrictions
Size Restrictions We recommend that RV and trailer length not exceed 45 feet.
Pavement Type of Parking Asphalt
No. of Accessible sites Campsite #10 is accessible, and does not have electric. 

Group Camping

The Cobb Ridge Campground provides a variety of campsite sizes, styles, development and locations for both tent and RV camping. 

Each group site is it's own loop with multiple smaller sites along the loop. Parking is along the side of the road for these sites for vehicles and RVs. Electric hook-ups are along the side of the road. 

Both group camping sites are reservable through recreation.gov. 

A year-round on-site host is available at the campground. 

The sites within the group loops are equipped with tables, lantern posts, and campfire rings with grills. Flush and vault toilets, and drinking water are available. Trash collection facilities are provided. There is a warm water shower building with 4 shower stalls, one of the stalls is handicap accessible. 

No water or sewer hookups available.

The sites with electrical hookups have 110v outlets, and 30 and 50 amp breakers.

No. of Sites 2 electric, pull-through sites that accommodate up to 3 camping units and 24 people

OHV Camping

Riding ATVs and OHVs within the campground is restricted to ingress and egress. Some trails can be accessed directly from the campground. Vehicles ridden on roads must be licensed or have county ATV permits. Vehicles ridden on trails must have current Forest permits.

The Cobb Ridge Campground provides a variety of campsite sizes, styles, development and locations. Most sites are fairly private, but some are close together and open enough to promote visiting between other camps. Some sites are reservable, while additional sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A year-round on-site host is available at the campground. 

The sites are equipped with tables, lantern posts, and campfire rings with grills. Flush and vault toilets, and drinking water are provided. Trash collection facilities are provided. There is a warm water shower building with 4 shower stalls, one of the stalls is handicap accessible. 

Campsites within this campground are large enough to accommodate trailers hauling ATVs and motorcycles at the campsite.

No water or sewer hookups available.

Campsites include traditional back-in units and easily maneuvered pull-through units. Some single sites are long and wide enough to accommodate at least two motor vehicles and one towed trailer. Tent camping is also an option. 

Please check the map on recreation.gov for which sites are back-in or pull-through. 

The sites with electrical hookups have 110v outlets, and 30 and 50 amp breakers.

No. of Sites Sites: 45
  • Single Sites:
    • 5 non-electric, tent only
    • 12 non-electric, tent or RV
    • 25 electric, tent or RV
  • Group Sites
    • 2 electric, pull-through sites that accomodate up to 3 camping units and 24 people
Size Restrictions We recommend that RV and trailer length not exceed 45 feet.
No. of Accessible sites Site #10 is accessible, it does not have electric hook-ups

OHV Trail Riding

Nearly 80 miles of ATV, motorcycle and mountain bike trails, winding in and out of deep, forested hollows and down long ridge tops, that’s Chadwick Motorcycle and ATV Area

This trail is heavily used by ATV/OHV users. ATV's do have the right-of-way, so please be prepared for frequent stops. 

Most trails stay on the ridge tops or hollow bottoms, with connecting trails crossing slide slopes. Some trail sections offer greater challenges than others. Various methods may be used to indicate closed trails. Travel only open marked trails, and stay off closed routes.

Off-trail travel is allowed only at two locations in the Chadwick Area. One is the 3-acre Family Play Area just to the west of Camp Ridge Campground. The other is the 5-acre Trials Bike Area, located between Trails 110 and 135, near the head of Cobb Ridge. These areas are shown on the map provided at the top of the page.

Orange Diamonds with trail numbers mark the open, designated trails. 

There are three trailheads - KC Pavilion, Oak Camp, and Camp Ridge. Visitors camping at Cobb Ridge can access the trail from the campground, but there's no day use parking or designated trailhead at Cobb Ridge Recreation Area.

Many trail segments that don’t drain well have been armored with interlocking concrete blocks.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
36.894675

  Longitude : 
-93.099937