dogs on leash
Hiked Taum Sauk to Shut-ins. Beautiful Hike. Very rocky typical ozark. If can catch it after a rain the falls are awesome but was bone dry this time. The view about 8 miles in was without a doubt the best so far in Missouri. took us about 8 hours to do the hike.
The trailhead was easy to find but make sure you have a map for all the trail choices along the trail. Only picked up one hitchhiker - but had long pants and long socks on. Overall a well maintained trail minus the first half mile but even that wasn't too bad. A definite decent outing worth the drive.
If you get "lost" don't worry all trails connect together, if you're willing to hike the eleven miles. Suggest to start early if you want to make the full hike. Some sections are overgrown and other sections are very open and pleasant. The highlight of the whole trail is the natural bridge (more of a natural tunnel)
This section of the trail has been overgrown. There is a part of the trail that has pink slip ties that are marked 'mushroom trail re-route' which makes a circle around the section before you proceed all the rest of the way up the rocky hill. If you continue on you will connect the rest of the way onto the kaintuck trail leading towards the oak section and another section marked with what looks like lungs on an orange sign. Overall a good long trail. Bring the bug spray and wear long hiking pants/shoes! Definitely pack the water and your own markings.
Easy open trail. If you're wanting to go to the natural bridge go passed the turn google maps tells you to take and go down the road a little longer and you will see a sign for the natural bridge 1/2 mile and go down that road and park. The natural bridge is about a 1/2 mile down the trail on the right, and there are orange spray paint marks to lead you right to the natural bridge! A sight to see! It's more of a natural tunnel!
Greg S. on Cole Creek Horse Trail
I really need to get better at this sport.
Just hiked this over the weekend. The trail is pretty clear on the first leg. But gets lost once you get to the creek bottom. It's tough to find the trail connection going back north as its really covered
Up. Watch out for snakes in the creek area. Seen a
Copperhead before turning back north. Overall not a bad trail just tough finding the right way on the back half.