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Poplar Bluff State Forest
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The Poplar Bluff State Forest is a serene and diverse natural haven. Spanning across acres of land, it offers a balanced mix of densely forested areas and open grasslands. The forest is home to a rich variety of native flora and fauna, providing a truly immersive experience for nature enthusiasts. Hiking trails wind through the thick woods, giving visitors the opportunity to explore the forest's hidden gems, lush meadows, and tranquil streams. With its picturesque landscapes and peaceful ambiance, Poplar Bluff State Forest offers a refreshing retreat for those seeking solace in the beauty of Missouri's wilderness.
History of the Area
The land that is now Poplar Bluff State Forest was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Osage and the Quapaw. These tribes relied on the forests for food, shelter, and other resources.

In the 19th century, European settlers began to explore and settle in the area. The first permanent European settlement in the region was established in 1859 by a man named David Blackwell, who named the town Poplar Bluff due to the abundance of poplar trees in the area.

During this time, the forests in the region were heavily logged for timber, which played a significant role in the local economy. The logging industry thrived until the late 20th century when logging regulations became more strict to protect the natural environment.

In the 1960s, the Missouri Department of Conservation began acquiring land in the Poplar Bluff area to create the Poplar Bluff State Forest. The goal was to conserve the remaining forested areas and provide recreational opportunities for the public.

Since its establishment, the state forest has been managed to preserve and protect the natural ecosystems and wildlife species found within its boundaries. It offers various recreational activities, including hiking, bird watching, hunting, and fishing. The forest is also home to several historic sites, such as remnants of logging operations and other historical landmarks.
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Camelot RV Campground
4728 Highway 67 North
Poplar Bluff, MO

1. Starting from Poplar Bluff, MO: Head south on US-67 S/S Westwood Blvd toward W Harper St.
2. Continue to follow US:67 S for approximately 6 miles.
3. Take a slight right onto Route PP and continue for about 4 miles.
4. Turn left onto CR 528 (also known as Hideway Rd) and drive for another mile or so until you reach your destination.

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