Mark Twain National Forest
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  • Marble Creek

    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.

    Operational Hours:

    Campground & Picnic Area 4/14/16 thru 11/4/16. Closed from 10:00PM to 6:00AM (Except for Campers). Trailhead parking area open year-round.


    Campgrounds: $10.00 Single and $20.00 Double Sites Day Use: $2.00 per vehicle. 


    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.  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.

    1. All firewood brought in the park must be burned before you leave. Do not leave it for other campers.
    2. For information or to view maps of quarantined states at

    Trash service available April - October only. No Horses in Campground.


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