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SILVER MINES, MO

Photo: SILVER MINES
Status: Open through Tue Nov 04 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Silver Mines Campground is located on the St. Francis River in the Mark Twain National Forest. It offers a variety of recreational opportunities and abundant historic and geological wonders.

Natural Features:

This beautiful area is located along the St. Francis River, the only river in Missouri classified as a whitewater river. It is widely used for kayaking during springtime. The campground is located at a historic mining operation and is known for its Precambrian granite and felsite rocks. A variety of wildlife makes its home in the area.

Recreation:

Parts of the river are available for swimming, while other portions provide good fishing. Whitewater kayaking is a popular activity during the springtime when water runs high. Depending on water levels, the state holds an annual kayaking competition the third weekend of March.

The 2-mile Silver Mines Trail follows both sides of the river, leading to various picnic areas. A 1.2-mile trail spurs to a popular conservation area, where visitors can view spectacular rock formations along the river.

Facilities:

The campground offers dozens of single-family campsites, as well as large group sites, all available for tent and RV camping. Some sites have 30-amp electric hookups. The large group sites can accommodate up to 75 and 100 people. Additional sites are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Picnic tables and campfire rings with grills are provided, as are accessible vault toilets and drinking water. Parking spurs vary from asphalt, to grass, to gravel or dirt.

Nearby Attractions:

The Millstream Gardens Conservation Area is located eight miles west of Fredericktown, or four miles west of the campground, on Highway 72. It is home to the scenic Tiemann Shut-ins and other spectacular sights along the riverbed.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Campfire Rings
  • Electric Hookups
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Geological Attractions
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Host
  • Kayaking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Swimming
  • Trailheads
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Additional fees will be collected at the campground for extra vehicles
  • Group Shelter is for day use only, no overnight camping.
  • Click here for more information on the Mark Twain National Forest
  • Don't move firewood: To limit the spread of invasive tree-killing pests, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Some states have quarantines and may confiscate your firewood. Please help protect our forests from invasive species by obtaining your firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Visit don'tmovefirewood.org for more information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.55278, -90.43722
37°33'10"N, 90°26'14"W

From St. Louis, Missouri, take I-55 south to Festus, then take Highway 67 south to Fredericktown, then take Highway 72 west for approximately 4 miles to Highway D. Turn left and travel approximately 2 miles on Highway D to the recreation area.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SILVER MINES
MARK TWAIN
MO

Phone Number:

Project Office:(573)783-3769