Marble Creek 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 trail head 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 trail head, but not within campground or picnic area.
The attractively colored dolomite, from which the area is named, can be seen as well as remains of a grist mill and dam. Swim in the old mill pool where the creek was once harnessed to power the mill.
The campground offers 25 primitive sites, and 1 double site, each with a table, fire ring, and lantern post. There are two centrally located vault toilets for campers and hikers. Sites are not reservable, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The campground is typically open from March thru October.
There is no drinking water available in the campground, but Marble Creek is a year-round stream. Please treat all water intended for drinking. Marble Creek is also a popular swimming spot in the summer months.
(15 miles on Hwy E)