in the valley
Red Bluff Recreation Area — Davisville, MO
For the past 100,000 years, the
Huzzah Creek has been doing its best to carve a picturesque valley
through the Ozark hills. At one spot near Davisville, it did its work
especially well, leaving behind a towering bluff that today is the
highlight of the Mark Twain National Forest’s Red Bluff Recreation
The namesake bluff’s reddish
hue comes from iron compounds that are rusting due to exposure to air
This recreation area features
a campground with 37 sites, including nine double sites and three group
areas. Most of the sites are in the valley near the river, but a few
offer outstanding views of the valley.
The Huzzah is one of two clearwater
gems that flow into the Meramec River (the other is the nearby Courtois).
The little stream offers great float potential, although most trips
start below the Red Bluff area unless heavy rains have raised the water
level. Fishing for smallmouth bass, goggle eye and panfish can be excellent
for those who know how to work the shallow, crystal clear water.
most popular activity here seems to be soaking away the summer heat
in the Huzzah. A rope swing at the base of the bluff adds to the excitement.
also a one-mile-long hiking trail that leads from the valley to the hilltop.
those who just want to visit and see the sites, picnic areas with
tables and grills can be used. Larger groups might want to reserve
The area is open from May 1 through
Oct. 15. There is a $2 fee for entering the park, while reserving the
pavillion costs $34 a day. Camping fees range from $8 for a single
to $16 for a double.
For more information, call
(573) 438-2633 or log on to www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/marktwain/recreation/sites/red_bluff/.