Fire Tower Trail is a 4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Patterson, MO that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Fire Tower trail uses an old gravel road leading to the fire tower passing through mature upland forest in the St. Francis Mountains. The tower was built by the CCC in 1936. Fire Tower Trail is a great trail to experience the vast vistas of the park and the St. Francois Mountains. The trail makes use of an old gravel road and intersects with Mudlick Trail in four places. The first intersection is with Mudlick Trails hiking only section. The next intersection goes south onto Millers Ridge, which offers spectacular seasonal vistas of the area. The third intersection is with white connector 2. A fourth intersection with Mudlick trail, leading to trail shelter 3, is at the top of the trail just before it ends at Mudlick Fire Tower. The tower was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936 at the highest point of Mudlick Mountain, 1,313 feet above sea level. The 85-foot-tall tower is closed to the general public but is still used to spot fires in the surrounding countryside.
Trail was disappointing as it only follows a gravel road to the tower and back. I came in the back way using the trail to make a loop from another trail. I would of routed otherwise had I realized it was only a gravel road.