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Special-Use Area

at Roaring River State Park

The special-use camping area is designated for group camping, with nonprofit organizations and youth groups having priority. It is divided into two separate camping areas. The fee for use of the area is $2 per person, per night. For more information or to reserve an area for your group, call 417-847-2539 or visit the park office during open hours.

open grassy area with building in the background

Park Hours


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Park Hours

For temporary closures related to weather, stewardship activities and maintenance, as well as temporary trail closures, click here to visit our Park and Site Status Map.

On the following days (actual or observed), staff will not be available and park buildings will be closed: Christmas Eve; Christmas Day; New Year’s Eve; New Year’s Day; Jan. 2, 2023; Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Lincoln’s Birthday; and Presidents Day. 

Park Grounds:

Sunrise to 10 p.m.

Nov. 1 through Feb. 24
Sunrise to sunset

Nature Center hours

  • March 1 through the Tuesday before Memorial Day
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday
    Closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Wednesday before Memorial Day through the Sunday after Labor Day
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
  • Monday after Labor Day through Oct. 31
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday
    Closed Monday and Tuesday

Park Office hours

8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, year-round

Camp Fee Office:

Feb. 25 through Oct. 31 (on-season)

  • 8 a.m. to noon and 4-7 p.m., Sunday through Wednesday
  • 8 a.m. to noon and 2-8 p.m., Thursday through Saturday

Nov. 1 through Feb. 24 (off-season)

  • Closed