Hazel Creek Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Primitive camping now: no mowing, no water, no toilets. Tables, fire rings, lantern posts and hitching posts provided. Serves as a trailhead on Ozark Trail. Horses welcome.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Campground - Open, Trail Head is Open
Fees No fees
Usage: Light
Restrictions:   No trash service.  Recent test results indicate that there may be some health risk to children six and younger from exposure to lead in areas around the smelter.  While potential health risks continue to be assessed, you can reduce risk of exposure when in the area by:
  • Washing face and hands before eating
  • Not allowing children six and younger to play in the dirt and tailings (sand-like material left over after the metals have been extracted from the mineral rocks that contained them.)
  • Washing tailings and dust off toys, clothing, vehicles, etc before returning home
Closest Towns: Belgrade, Caledonia, Viburnum
Water: None
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: From St. Louis, take Hwy 21 south to Potosi (60 miles); then, take Hwy 8 west to first stoplight Hwy. P; continue south on Hwy. P (ca. 12 miles) to Hwy C; go west about 5 miles to Hwy Z and turn north; campground is about 4 miles.

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Dispersed Camping

Individual sites with parking spurs, firerings, tables, and lantern posts, but no drinking water, toilets, or regular mowing.

Dispersed camping is the term used for free camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means there are no toilets, no structures, no trash cans, no treated water, and no fire grates. There are extra responsibilities required for this type of camp. It's a must to educate yourself before you try it, but we hope the adventure of dispersed camping in the Mark Twain National Forest calls to you!

  1. Pick a Campsite and follow the Leave No Trace Principles
  2. Camp 100 feet away from trails and water sources.
  3. Treat any water found in the area before consuming it.
  4. Human waste (Feces) must be buried at least 6 inches deep and covered.
  5. Pack out all of your garbage.


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