Deer Leap Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews
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Deer Leap Trail is a 0.2 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Cassville, MO that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.3 miles Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

rocky

Dear Leap Trail is a .25 mile point to point trail that begins near the spring, follows a series of step stone steps to the ridge overlooking the spring pool and the hatchery before continuing to the park cabins. It is heavily wooded and scenic for a short hike. This short trail leads to an overlook and boardwalk above the fish hatchery and the spring. From the overlook, you may be able to see the axle shaft from an undershot waterwheel that powered a gristmill in the mid-19th century. There is an access point near the twin waterfalls.

1 month ago

very short, nice little overlook

1 month ago

Nice short trail that takes you from one end of the hatchery to the other. Once you get up all the stone steps it will take you over the cave and to a look out spot where you have a great view of the hatchery and Ozark hills. Very pretty in the Fall!

6 months ago

It's really easy and fun that is my cool down trail after all my other trails

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful....lots of stairs

hiking
7 months ago

There are a lot of stairs. But it is short and easy and the overlook view is worth seeing. A nice shirt trail or you can also add this to te fire tower trail.

hiking
1 year ago

It met my expectations because I knew it was short and easy. I had my 6 year old along with other families and we enjoyed it. The overlook was beautiful and the kids loved it. It would be good for bird watchers.

1 year ago

1 year ago

I took my kids here yesterday. Yes it was crowded, but that should be expected for a Saturday. I do suggest bringing shoes you don't mind getting wet. We were in water past our ankles to get to the spring. Great place to take the family. Hatchery, fishing and the short trail. Beautiful pictures!

hiking
1 year ago

Very short trail. Good for little kids but there were also A LOT of people.

hiking
2 years ago

hiking
2 years ago

Short and sweet! This trail was perfect for my 2 1/2 and 5 year old boys. They had fun climbing up the rock steps and walking along the wooded bridge pathway. Amazing view of the hatchery at the end! The hatchery itself was lots of fun as well! I blogged about the hike here: http://www.adventuresintheozarks.com/2014/03/Deer-Leap-Trail-Missouri.html

hiking
3 years ago

Very scenic. A short trail with a good look at the pools and rock formations

hiking
3 years ago

Very scenic little hike overlooking the spring and spring pool. 20th largest spring is Missouri. Nice view over the hatchery. Fun hike for kids.