Busiek State Forest

MODERATE 105 reviews

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.

3.9 miles 360 feet Loop

dog friendly

camping

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

rocky

Located 18 miles south of Springfield, MO on Highway 65.

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19 days ago

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.

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4 months ago

Great trail! Enough uphill to make it a bit challenging but not too much.

4 months ago

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6 months ago

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.

hiking
6 months ago

The trail was clean. It does have some steep grades that I wouldn't recommend for those with knee issues.

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

The trails are well marked but you can get lost and end up going in circles if your not paying attention. I would recommend taking a map with you. Good place for families and kids can walk the river and the red trails.

6 months ago

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7 months ago

Trails were clear. There were a few people but not crowded at all. My pup loved the river, which was very low. We walked along the bed and waded in a few places. 100% amazing trip!