Marble Creek Recreation Area
State Hwy E
Phone: (573) 438-5427 (Potosi/Fredericktown District Office)
Closest Towns: Arcadia, Fredericktown, Ironton
Directions: From Fredericktown: From the intersection of MO Hwy 72 and US Hwy 67, head South on Hwy 67 approx. 2.8 miles to the MO State Hwy E exit, then turn Right/West onto Hwy E. Travel approx. 15.5 miles along State Hwy E; Marble Creek will be on your right.
From Arcadia/Ironton: Head south on MO Hwy 21/Hwy 72 for approx. 1.5 miles to State Hwy E. Travel approx. 12.5 miles along State Hwy E; Marble Creek will be on your left.
About Marble Creek
Marble Creek, which travels through the National Forest for about 20 miles, is named for its colorful deposits of dolomite, which was mined and used as "Taum Sauk Marble" many years ago. This beautiful creek is the focus of Marble Creek Rec Area, which also offers a primitive campground, a picnic area, and is the main trailhead for the Ozark Trail - Marble Creek Section.
Along the creek, you can see the remains of a grist mill dam and building foundation. The dam was the third to be built here, and was operated until 1935.
The 8-mile segment of the Ozark Trail goes from here to Crane Lake, and is open to hikers, mtn bikers, and equestrian riders. Horses are allowed at the trailhead, but not in the campground or picnic areas.
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.
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