ORCC Review - Greer Crossing Rec. Area Oct 25, 2007 9:45:09 GMT -6
Post by YouandI on Oct 25, 2007 9:45:09 GMT -6
ORCC Published Review
Journal Print 10/23/2007
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Mark Twain National Forest
Mark Twain National Forest
By Christine Young
The Ozark Mountain region has a lot of hidden treasures, the key is finding them.
The Greer Crossing Recreation Area is one of these. It is a secluded place tucked into the Mark Twain National Forest. You’ll find this gem along Highway 19, seventeen miles south of Winona, Mo.
Greer Crossing offers many activities besides camping. It’s the perfect place to explore the hills and river. There are several hiking trails for a day hike to the surrounding areas such as Greer Spring, McCormick Lake or start your backpacking trip on the Ozark Trail. If water sports are to your liking, the Eleven Point River runs through this section of the Mark Twain National Forest.
The campground has 19 large shaded campsites. The campsites are divided by beautiful wooded areas. Each site has fire ring/grill, table, lantern pole. Drinking water is available May through Oct. 22 and there are centrally located vault toilets, a picnic area and boat ramp. It’s open year-round but there are no water or trash containers after Oct. 22 or before May 1. Please pack out all your trash when no container is available. Campsites are $10.00 per night - Self-pay at campground entrance. If you hike/backpack, the trail head for the Ozark Trail is on the left as you enter the campground.
Note: Camp Host on duty Friday through Sunday in summer months. Campground patrolled by forest ranger.
Note: When driving the last 12 miles from Winona to Greer Recreation Area, south on Highway 19 you will be driving through the national forest. Make sure you have enough fuel for this drive.
Note: Cell service does not work in Greer Recreation Area, but if you go south on Highway 19, about one mile from campground you will see on your right Richard's Canoe Rental; cell service does work there.
Greer Spring is the second largest spring in Missouri. The only way to get to the spring is to hike through the pristine forest. The spring area has history to it as well. Its location hosted one of the many sites for a gristmill in Missouri.
To get to the trail head that takes you to the spring, leave the campground go south on Highway 19, about one mile. The trail head will be on your right and is well marked and well maintained. You will hike/walk into the forest about one mile to get to the spring; it’s an easy hike. As you get close, you will see that the spring is down in a small canyon. The trail will take you down to the edge of the spring, where you will hear the roar of the spring and see where 220 million gallons of spring water flows daily from a cave.
Eleven Point River
The Eleven Point is a very giving river. The river level is good all year round because of the many springs that feed it. It’s a great river for relaxing activities, whether you are canoeing/kayaking or trying your hand at fly-fishing. Greer Crossing Campground to Turners Mill is a perfect day float trip, a five-mile section of the Eleven Point River that flows through the Mark Twain National Forest. This stretch of the Eleven Point River is a designated Trophy Trout section. Because your floating through the national forest the only thing you will see is the forest, crystal clear stream, Ozark mountains/bluffs and fish, trout, smallmouth bass and fantastic scenery.
Note: There is swimming but there is no designated spot to go swimming at the campground and the water ice cold, even in July. Sand/gravel bars are few and far apart. Forest and Bluffs come right down to the Eleven Point River.
If You Need To Rent A Canoe or Need A Shuttle Service
Richard's Canoe Rental will pick you up and bring you back to your campsite. Owner, Jerry Richard and the Richard's Family run the business.
Richard's Canoe Rental
Hwy 19, Rt.2, Alton, MO. 65606
Contact: Jerry Richard
Phone: (417) 778-6186
The Off Road Camping Club - highly recommends this campground, spring and river. To find more information about this campground and other outdoor events check out ORCC Website.
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