Location & Driving Directions

Camp JOY is located on County Road 223 in rural Douglas County, Missouri. The scenic country setting provides a pleasing, quiet atmosphere free from the distractions of our busy world. Due to the rural nature of the county road, it is advisable to check this web site for updated road conditions prior to your departure.

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From Norwood – Shortest route, 17½ miles (5 miles of gravel)

  • Take Highway C south 12½ miles to County Road 232. You will cross Highway 76 1½ miles before reaching CR 232.
  • Turn RIGHT onto CR 232
  • After 2 miles, CR 232 will end at CR 230.
  • Turn RIGHT onto CR 230.
  • Take CR 230 2½ miles to the junction of AB and CR 223. AB continues straight ahead in blacktop, while CR 223 follows the creek to the left in sandy gravel.
  • Turn LEFT onto CR 223.
  • Take CR 223 ½ mile. You will cross the Bryant Creek after a sharp turn left at the Missouri Conservation access.
  • Camp JOY is on the left.

From Norwood – Longest route, 28½ miles (½ mile of gravel)

  • Take Highway C south 17 miles to Highway 14.
  • Turn RIGHT onto 14 (toward Ava).
  • Take 14 West for 7½ miles to Highway AB.
  • Turn RIGHT onto AB.
  • After 3½ miles, AB will dead-end at the junction of County Road 230 (straight ahead) and CR 223 (to the right).
  • Immediately turn RIGHT onto CR 223 after the blacktop ends.
  • Take CR 223 ½ mile. You will cross the Bryant Creek after a sharp turn left at the Missouri Conservation access.
  • Camp JOY is on the left.

From Ava – 13 miles

  • Take Highway 14 East 9 miles to Highway AB.
  • Turn LEFT onto AB.
  • After 3½ miles, AB will dead-end into the junction of County Road 230 (straight ahead) and CR 223 (to the right).
  • Immediately turn RIGHT onto CR 223 after the blacktop ends.
  • Take CR 223 ½ mile. You will cross the Bryant Creek after a sharp turn left at the Missouri Conservation access.
  • Camp JOY is on the left.

Alternate routes (the "top road")

In the event of flooding or impassible road/bridge conditions on the Bryant Creek, all traffic MUST use the alternate routes. There is no other way to get to the Camp.

From Norwood

  • Take Highway C south 14 miles to County Road 228.
  • Turn RIGHT onto CR 228.
  • After approximately 2½ miles, CR 228 T's into CR 223.
  • Turn RIGHT at the T.
  • Camp JOY is ¾ mile down the hill on the right.

From Ava

  • Take Highway 14 East 14 miles to County Road 223.
  • Turn LEFT onto CR 223.
  • Camp JOY is approximately 3 miles down CR 223 on the right.

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