Marble Creek Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

View of the Marble Creek shut-ins that run along the recreation area

This area with its beautiful creek, camp and picnic grounds is located between Fredericktown and Arcadia, MO. Marble Creek, rushing 20 miles through the rugged St. Francis Mountains, is named for deposits of attractively colored dolomites which were mined and used in the building trade as “Taum Sauk Marble”. Within the recreation area, you can see the concrete remains of a grist mill dam and building foundation. This dam was the third to be built here and was operated until 1935. This quiet campground and recreation area is the main trailhead for the Marble Creek Section of the Ozark Trail. This 8-mile segment goes to Crane Lake and is open for hiking, equestrian and mountain bike use. Horses are allowed at trailhead, but not within campground or picnic area.

Old Mill Dam swimming hole in Marble Creek Recreation Area View of the Marble Creek shut-ins that run along the recreation area

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Campground & Picnic Area April thru October. Closed from 10:00PM to 6:00AM (Except for Campers). Trailhead parking area open year-round.
Fees Campgrounds: $10.00 Single and $20.00 Double Sites Day Use: $2.00 per vehicle. 
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: Firewood Advisory: The emerald ash borer, an exotic beetle, has already killed more than 50 million ash trees in the northern United States. It has now been detected in forests in Missouri, and is in Marble Creek. Restrict movement of all hardwood firewood, the most common way emerald ash borer is spread. 
  1.  If you purchase or bring firewood into Marble Creek Recreation Area , do not take it out of the park. Once it is brought into Madison County, it is considered quarantined and must not leave the county.
  2. All firewood brought in the park must be burned before you leave. Do not leave it for other campers.
  3. For information or to view maps of quarantined states at
Trash service available April - October only. No Horses in Campground.
Closest Towns: Ironton, Fredericktown
Water: No drinking water; adjacent to year-round stream
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: US Forest Service - Potosi/Fredericktown Ranger District - 573-438-5427

General Information


From St. Louis, take Hwy. 21 south to Hwy. E just south of Arcadia, Missouri, then, east to Marble Creek Campground.

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