Busiek State Forest is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ozark, Missouri that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Located 18 miles south of Springfield, MO on Highway 65.
Love this park, lots of well marked trails. We drive there three to four times a summer to hike there.
Hiked the purple trail that starts by the gun range. We felt it was a great hike. You know how out of shape you are with the steep incline. Our German Shepherd was full of energy at the start of the hike. Two hours later he was definitely tired. He slept all the way home. Great trail over all. About water skied down a hill when our dog saw an armadillo.
Great trail! Enough uphill to make it a bit challenging but not too much.
We hiked a combination of the Purple and White trails on the West side of Hwy 65. The combined trails came in a little over 6 miles and surprised me with an elevation gained of nearly 900'. It took us about 2.5 hours to complete the combined route.
The scenery was nice but not spectacular. The purple trail started just east of the gun range parking lot and took you high on a ridge with multiple switchbacks. The view from the ridge was probably the high point of the hike. The White trail would have been better in the Spring or fall when the creek had some water in it. It was bone-dry but expected in July.
This was a good trail if you live in SGF and don't want to drive far.
The trail was clean. It does have some steep grades that I wouldn't recommend for those with knee issues.