Caney Picnic Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

View of Caney tower from Caney picnic area along Glade Top Trail National Forest Scenic Byway.

Located along the Glade Top Trail National Forest Scenic Byway, this day use area is situated on one of the Ozark glades. Spring and summer blooming wildflowers cover the area in natural beauty. The fall colors offer a breathtaking display only nature can provide. Open glade country surrounds the picnic area. On glades such as these, the notorious Bald Knobbers met and planned their raids. The area is popular for reunions and weddings.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Use at Caney is on a 1st come/1st serve basis. Wedding and other gatherings can be done through a Non-commercial use permit at no fee. Having a permit does not reserve the area.  The permit allows Forest Service to be aware of an event occurring.  Permits are required for 75 people or more, but smaller groups can also get one. To obtain a permit, individuals can call Darla Rein at 417-683-4428 or send her an email at Forest Service will no longer post reservation signs. Forest Service will post signs that an event is occurring.  A permit does not give a user exclusive use of the area.
Reservations: None.
Permit Info: Groups larger than 75 should contact the Ava Ranger District for permit information.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: No trash or electricity is provided.
Closest Towns: Ava
Water: None
Restroom: Vault

General Information

Directions: From Ava, MO, go south on Hwy 5 for three miles to Hwy A, turn west on Hwy A and drive 4 miles to Smallett Junction, turn south on county gravel road and go three miles to Forest Boundry. Take Forest Road 147 for 6 miles to the picnic area. Follow signs to Glade Top Scenic Drive.

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