White Rock Mountain

There are three rustic and unique natural stone cabins at this recreation area of Ozark National Forest, along with a natural stone lodge. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) build all these buildings in the 1930s. Each comes with stone patios with a view of the forest, wood furniture crafted by the CCC, and a stone fireplace. White Rock Mountain’s name comes from the lichen on the sheer bluffs that can be seen from the distance. White Rock guests can feast their eyes on the stunning views that can be seen from the surrounding bluff, campground, cabins, and lodge.

Group commitment leads to successful restoration

The buildings have deteriorated over the years due to natural elements like wind and rain. However, a volunteer group called Friends of White Rock started a project in 1987 with the aim of renovating the structures. By 1991, the cabins and lodge were restored thanks to the hard work and commitment demonstrated by the group. New hosts and concessionaires moved into the facility in 2017 and continued to rejuvenate White Rock. As well as adding new décor and furnishings in the cabins and lodge, they also worked on restoring the water filtration, plumbing, and electrical system. Projects further included reclaiming the day use areas, repairing the furniture from the CCC, making improvements to the facilities at the campground, and renovating the general store and host house.

Nine campsites, all-year-round

The grounds are open all-year-round. There are nine primitive family campsites at White Rock Mountain that are easily accessible and include vault toilets, parking, water sources, picnic tables, grills, fire rings, and tent pads. There are no electric or water hook-ups. Each unit comes with a kitchen and bathroom. The kitchens include a stove, microwave, refrigerator, dishes, cooking utensils, cooking pots, a crock pot, and a coffee pot. The furnishings offer original CC, antique, and new furnishings. While there’s no air conditioning, the lodge and cabins remain cool in the summer. In the winter, wood burning stiles and firewood provide heat.

Nine campsites, all-year-round
Nine campsites, all-year-round

Packing the necessary supplies

Guests should ensure to pack food, sleeping bags or blankets, pillows, towels, and any other supplies typical of an overnight stay. White Rock offers eight campsites for families. There’s also a store onsite for information, maps, snacks, beverages, firewood, souvenirs, and other supplies appropriate for a stay in the backcountry. White Rock Mountain is the hub of multiple hiking trail systems along the forest that include the famous Ozark Highlands Trail, the Shores Lake loop trail, and the trail around the mountaintop rim. Other actives include fishing, National Forest ATV trails, National Scenic Mulberry River, and Shores Lake Recreation Area.

The natural features of White Rock take your breath away, allowing you to truly become one with nature. An impressive variety of wildlife live in the forest, such as turkey, bald eagles, bear, and deer. During the fall, the mountain provides unrivalled opportunities to take in the yellow, orange, and bright red foliage that is seen all over the forest.

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