Glade Top Trail: Ava to Longrun, MO is a 38 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Ava, Missouri that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for mountain biking and scenic driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
We took a nice scenic drive down the Gladetop Trail, stopping at multiple overlooks to enjoy the splendid views.
Most of this trail is a drivable gravel road: loose rock gravel provides a tricky surface on which to bike and this is the trail's biggest drawback. Starting Glade Top from the trailhead south of Ava, the first 2.5 miles is mostly climb and is pretty brutal considering the lack of traction - you'll need to be in shape for sustained loose surface climbing. The views are spectacular, however, and this trail does not seem heavily used. Once you get back into the high forested ridges, it is very peaceful and the glades are great places to take a break. Do watch for occasional motor traffic - especially on the blind corners.