Busiek State Forest is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ozark, MO 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.
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.
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.
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!
This place was great went with my kids water is perfectly clear great hiking trails.
East trail - Red - good trail. Brought the infant carrier and hd a great time. Small cemetery a short distance into the hike from the late 1800's. One creek crossing but fallen trees provided a route to stay dry.
Fun trail just make sure to watch out for horses.
Purple and white trail past gun range is an interesting hike. Around 7 mile loop.
This a great place to hike, and a family friendly place to visit. Just need the trails markers need to be better.
Walked the red trail and really enjoyed it. The trail takes you past an old cemetery dating back to the late 1800's and past a beautiful Creek. Not challenging at all, and little traffic when I was there (and it was a beautiful day). Only reason why it isn't 5 stars is because the constant horse poop ruined the aesthetics. But still a great trail, would recommend to a friend.
It was an extremely nice trail. Gain about 675. It was moderate but very rocky like creek rocks. We did the red trail 3.9 mi in length. Was heavily traveled in the afternoon hours. Quite a few horses were using it all day. It was spring not everything was blooming but few insects as well. We liked it would do it again. But would take hiking poles.