Cobb Ridge Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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. 

Family and group camping is available, providing access to Missouri's beautiful Mark Twain National Forest.

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.

Visitors to the area mostly come for the plentiful off-road vehicle trails. Some trail segments are very rocky, steep, rough, rutted, and are technically challenging, while others that don't drain well have been built up with concrete. Hiking on the trails is also permissible but requires caution.

The Cobb Ridge Campground provides a variety of campsite sizes, styles, development and locations. Single, double and triple camp units are designed to accommodate groups of various sizes. Campsites include traditional back-in units and easily maneuvered pull-through units; some with electrical hookups and others with only basic facilities. Tent camping is also an option. 

Most sites are fairly private, but some are close together and open enough to promote visiting between other camps. Additional sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. An on-site host is available at the campground. 

The sites are equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Flush and vault toilets, showers and drinking water are provided. A day-use picnic area is also available at Cobb Ridge. It is equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Trash collection facilities are provided.

The campground is 30 miles from Springfield, Branson, Silver Dollar City and Shepherd of the Hills attractions. Lake Taneycomo is 20 miles south of Cobb Ridge.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Year-round. 6:00 AM - 10:00PM; with only registered campers overnight. Check out time: 2:00PM. Quiet Hours are 10:00 PM - 6:00AM. No dispersed camping is available within this campground.
Reservations: Reservations for this site can be made on All reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance of arrival. Group sites can be reserved up to 12 months in advance. Standard sites can be reserved up to 6 months in advance.
Fees Nightly camping fees are $10 for single nonelectric sites; $15 for single electric sites; and $45 for the group sites.
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: March through November
Restrictions: NO UTV's or side by sides allowed on Chadwick Trails. Campers required to check-in with on-site host upon arrival. Helmets are required at all times for off-road vehicle riders under 18 years of age. Riders are required to have a valid state driver’s license – anyone without a license must be accompanied by a person with a valid driver’s license at all times. 
Closest Towns: Chadwick, Sparta, Ozark, Forsyth
Water: Pressurized Drinking Water.
Restroom: Flush and vault.
Operated By: Forest Service; On-site host will assist you.
Information Center: You can call the District office at 417-683-4428 for any updates.

General Information


From Chadwick, MO, take Hwy 125 south 1.5 miles, then turn right onto Hwy H and continue past Camp Ridge Day Use Area turning right onto Lookout Road to Cobb Ridge Recreation Area

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