Markham Springs Recreation Area


Markham Springs Recreation Area
Forest Rd 2997 Mark Twain National Forest
Ellsinore, MO 63937
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Located adjacent to the Black River, Markham Springs Recreation Area gets its name from the former owner, M. J. Markham, who acquired the property in 1901 and operated a lumber mill at the site until the 1930s. This recreation area consists of a small (12-site) modern campground with single and double campsites that have electric hook-ups, primitive camping loops in a wooded setting near the Black River; a day use area with a 2-acre, 20 foot deep mill pond that dates back to the 1800s, several picnic sites, open fields; river access for boating, fishing and float tubes and canoes; and short hiking trails that provide views of the river, the pond, the springs and the uplands. Six springs pour almost 5 million gallons of water a day into the pond, and the bubble spring, a smaller outlet of Markham Spring outside of the pond area that has air with it, rises in soft sand forming the unique “air bubbles”. Managed under the Poplar Ranger District of Mark Twain National Forest.