Red Bluff Recreation Area
State Hwy V
Phone: (573) 438-5427 (Potosi/Fredericktown District Office)
Closest Towns: Cuba, Potosi, Steelville, Viburnum
Directions: From Potosi: Travel West on Hwy 8 approx. 21 miles to Hwy Y. Turn Left/South onto Hwy Y for approx. 13 miles to the junction with Hwy C. Turn Right and stay on Hwy Y for another 0.2 miles, then Turn Right onto Hwy V. Follow Hwy V for approx. 5.6 miles, then Turn Right onto paved FR#2011 at the entrance sign.
From Cuba: From I-44 and Hwy 19, head South on Hwy 19 approx. 18.5 miles to Hwy 49 at Cherryville. Turn Left onto Hwy 49, and follow it approx. 5.2 miles to the junction with Hwy V. Turn Left onto Hwy V, towards Davisville, and go approx. 2.3 miles to the entrance on your left at FR#2011.
About Red Bluff
Towering red bluffs along Huzzah Creek, carved out by the elements over the centuries, are what give this area its name. Indians used to call the bluff "Painted Rock." The reddish, rusty color on the bluffs is the result of iron compounds in the rock structure that have been oxidized from exposure to the air and moisture.
Red Bluff campground offers 39 single sites and 9 double sites, each with a table, fire ring and lantern post. Six sites offer electrical hookups. Some of the campsites are located very close to Huzzah Creek, while others sit up on higher ground. Most are within 100 yds. of the creek. Some sites can accomodate RVs up to 45' in length. No water or sewer hookups are available, and the campground does not offer a dump station, either. Three separate group campsites can accomodate between 50 and 100 people each, and are available for reservations thru www.recreation.gov.
Huzzah Creek is a popular Ozarks float stream, and is a tributary of the Meramec River to the north. The creek offers a 23 mile floatable stretch from the Hwy V bridge, just southeast of Davisville, to the Hwy E bridge, located just before the confluence with the Meramec. All 23 miles of floatable stream are located within Crawford County.
Aside from floating, Huzzah Creek is also popular with campers and other visitors for swimming and fishing. Many campers enjoy the cool waters during their stay for swimming, wading or just relaxing. Fishermen can enjoy casting a line for bass, catfish, perch or sunfish.
Located within the Rec Area, the 1.2 mile Red Bluff Trail winds through pine and big oak forests, then meanders into and out of an adjoining hollow, before returning back to the campground from where it started. Wildlife, native plants and natural habitats can be viewed while you are along this trail, as well as a pine tree plantation and other aspects of forest management practices.
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