Bignotti Picnic Site


Status: Dawn to Dusk
No Fee
Limited Services: No restrooms, water, or garbage service.
Please follow sanitry guidelines and practice leave no trace ethics: 

  • "Pack it in, Pack it out"
  • Bury waste 8" deep and at least 200' from water sources

This location remains open for arrivals at this time.  Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions. Please continue to monitor this page for status updates.


Bignottie is a lovely place to fish, bird watch, or picnic by the Verde River.  Canoers and kayakers who put in for a short, smooth water float from Black Canyon River Access Point end their float trip here as the water is generally too shallow and has too many obstacles for boating down river between Bignottie and White Bridge which is 14 miles down river.  For more information about boating on the Verde River please see the Verde River Paddle Guide, Hwy 89A - Beasley Flat.


  • 4 picnic tables with pedestal grills
  • Vault toilet
  • No drinking water
  • No garbage service - Please pack out your trash! 

At a Glance

Fees Free
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Light-Medium
Closest Towns: Between Camp Verde and Cottonwood
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


Between Cottonwood and Camp Verde, take Hwy 260 to Forest Road 147 (toward Thousand Trails RV Park). Left on 147A (watch for sign). Narrow dirt road crosses a flat area then winds down to the river. (Approximately 10-15 minutes off of paved road.) Accessible to all vehicles during dry weather. Not recommended when wet.

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  • A short walk from the river’s edge, shade trees provide relief from the hot summer sun at this picnic site.

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3,200 feet