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  • Ozark National Forest Gunner Pool Recreation Area / Blanchard Springs Caverns

    We took a few days to head South and look for some fall colors. We ended up settling on the Ozark National Forest / Blanchard Springs area.

    The Blanchard Springs Caverns Campground was closed due to flooding concerns with the rain. But we found another nice primitive campground at the Gunner Pool Recreation area.

    The campground, located on Slyamore Creek, is site of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp Hedges, Company 743 (1933 to 1942). There were a total of 2,200 enrollees passing through this camp. As with the Blanchard Springs campground, many sites are designed with stone terraces. Vegetation is comprised primarily of cedar and a mix of hardwoods.

    Gunner Pool is an excellent destination campground not only because of its CCC history and rustic setting, but also because it's just a few miles from Blanchard Springs Caverns and the Ozark Folk Center State Park.

    No. Tent Sites: 6
    No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 21
    Total Sites: 27

    $7 per day, no hookups and just pit toilets but in a beautiful peaceful setting. The last couple nights we had the place to ourselves.









    If you come the this area, you HAVE to go check out Blanchard Springs Caverns. This cave was opened in the 70's and has no steps to make it handicap accessible as long as you have some strong help to get up and down the various sloping walks.



    Last edited by Heap64; 11-01-2015, 01:24 AM.
    James Heap
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