Little Scotia Campground

The Basics

Little Scotia Campground
State Hwy 72
Salem, MO

Phone: (573) 729-6656 (Salem District Office)

Closest Towns: Salem

Directions: From Salem: Travel East on Hwy 72/32 for approx. 12 miles, to where Hwy 72 and Hwy 32 split apart. Stay Right (Hwy 72 turns South, Hwy 32 continues East) and continue along Hwy 72 for approx. 7.4 miles until you reach Dent Co Rd #537/FR #2341 on your right. This turn off is located on a bend in the highway. Follow this road approx. 1 mile to the end near Little Scotia Pond.

About Little Scotia

The site of a former developed campground (but now dismantled), this forrested area is now mostly a primitive camping area, as well as a local fishing hole.

Dispersed, primitive camping is allowed in the area, just as in the rest of the National Forest. Primitive camping here is mostly popular with hunters. No facilities are available.

Ther are two fishing ponds located in the area. Little Scotia Pond, located next to the old campground, is approx. 2 acres in size, and offers fishing for species such as bass, bluegill, crappie and sunfish.

Right around the corner, the bigger Scotia Pond is approx. 12 surface acres in size, and offers fishing for the same species as the Little Scotia Pond. To reach the big Scotia Pond, head back out on FR# 2341 to Hwy 72. Turn Left onto Hwy 72, then take the first Left, onto FR# 2340.

During the 1880s, a small settlement was built nearby for the workers of the Nova Scotia Iron Company. Scotia Pond and Little Scotia Pond were constructed as water sources for the small settlement.

What's Nearby

Parks & Nature




Local Eateries

Gear & Supplies

Other Attractions

Towns & Cities