Dry Fork Recreation Area


Area Status: Closed
Campground Site with Horse trailer

Dry Fork Recreation Area, a campground and picnic area located at the equestrian trailhead of the 36-mile Cedar Creek Trail.  This area, located in central Missouri near Fulton serves recreationists with or without horses.  This campground is situated in a quiet mostly oak/cedar forest. 

It is comprised of 8 single primitive campsites that can accommodate RVs up to 30 feet in length, each with table, fire ring, and lantern post.  Other amenities include drinking water, vault toilets, and hitching rails.   There is a picnic area across the road with picnic tables that can accommodate small groups. 

A printable brochure is available.  

Dry Fork Trailhead Dry Fork Recreation Area Sign Campground Site with Horse trailer

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Will have its gates closed for the season on December 1st and services stopped for the winter. The gates and services will start back up next spring on April 15th. If a date falls on a weekend, then the gate will be open the following Monday.
Operational Hours: Quiet Hours: 10pm to 6 am
Fees: No fees
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Spring and Fall
Restrictions:
  • NO horses allowed on Pine Ridge Section of Cedar Creek Trail; alternate route available.
  • 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. 
Closest Towns: Fulton, New Bloomfield
Water: Pressurized water system available year round.
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: USDA Forest Service
Information Center: Houston/Rolla/Cedar Creek Ranger District
Email | Phone and Address

General Information

Directions:

From Fulton, MO

  • take 54 south to Route H;
  • Make right to go west on Route H to Route J;
  • make right to go turn north on J to County road 356;
  • turn left to go west on County Road 356 to County Road 361;
  • turn left to go south for 1 mile. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Mountain Biking

The 36-mile long Cedar Creek trail is managed for mountain biking, horseback riding, and hiking. It consists of:

  • Southern Loop cross 22 miles of scenic country with about one-third of this section on gravel and paved county roads. It is marked in grey diamonds.
  • Smith Creek Section, between Hwy J and Cedar Creek, about 5 miles from Boydsville to Rutherford Bridge. This scenic route provides glimpses of Cedar Creek from the bluffs above. It is marked in orange diamonds.
  • Pine Ridge Section, which passes through Pine Ridge Recreation Area, is open to foot travel and mountain bikes only. This trail is marked with grey diamonds. No horses, please. An alternative trail to the west is provided for horses.
  • Moon Loop, about 7 miles in length, offers varying landscapes. The name was given because, at one time, the effects of soil erosion that occurred in the 1930s caused hikers to think of the surface of the moon. It is marked with yellow diamonds.

A printable brochure of the Cedar Creek Trail  is available for download .

Campground Camping

This campground is situated in a quiet mostly oak/cedar forest and is comprised of 8 single campsites each with picnic table, fire ring, hitching rail, and lantern post.  Sites can accommodate RVs up to 30 feet in length.  Sites do not have utility hook-ups.  Other amenities include centralized drinking water and vault toilets.  There is a picnic area across the road with tables and grills that can accommodate small groups.  Fee donations encouraged.

RV Camping

8 sites can accommodate RVs up to 30' in length.  No hookups available at this location, but pressurized water system is available.  No cabins at this location.

Backpacking

The 36-mile long Cedar Creek trail is managed for mountain biking, horseback riding, and hiking. It consists of:

  • Southern Loop cross 22 miles of scenic country with about one-third of this section on gravel and paved county roads. It is marked in grey diamonds.
  • Smith Creek Section, between Hwy J and Cedar Creek, about 5 miles from Boydsville to Rutherford Bridge. This scenic route provides glimpses of Cedar Creek from the bluffs above. It is marked in orange diamonds.
  • Pine Ridge Section, which passes through Pine Ridge Recreation Area, is open to foot travel and mountain bikes only. This trail is marked with grey diamonds. No horses, please. An alternative trail to the west is provided for horses.
  • Moon Loop, about 7 miles in length, offers varying landscapes. The name was given because, at one time, the effects of soil erosion that occurred in the 1930s caused hikers to think of the surface of the moon. It is marked with yellow diamonds.

A printable brochure of the Cedar Creek Trail  is available for download .

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Horse Camping

There are eight single sites and one group site across the road. Sites can accommodate RV’s up to 30 feet, but there are no electric hookups. Hitching posts are at each site for equestrian use. The campground has drinking water and vault toilet.

Horse Riding

The 36-mile long Cedar Creek trail is managed for mountain biking, horseback riding, and hiking. It consists of:

  • Southern Loop cross 22 miles of scenic country with about one-third of this section on gravel and paved county roads. It is marked in grey diamonds.
  • Smith Creek Section, between Hwy J and Cedar Creek, about 5 miles from Boydsville to Rutherford Bridge. This scenic route provides glimpses of Cedar Creek from the bluffs above. It is marked in orange diamonds.
  • Pine Ridge Section, which passes through Pine Ridge Recreation Area, is open to foot travel and mountain bikes only. This trail is marked with grey diamonds. No horses, please. An alternative trail to the west is provided for horses.
  • Moon Loop, about 7 miles in length, offers varying landscapes. The name was given because, at one time, the effects of soil erosion that occurred in the 1930s caused hikers to think of the surface of the moon. It is marked with yellow diamonds.

A printable brochure of the Cedar Creek Trail  is available for download .

Picnicking

There are sites across the road from the camping sites with tables and grills. 

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
38.784231

  Longitude : 
-92.125542