OPOSSUM TRACK TRAIL is a 2.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near De Soto, MO that features a river and is rated as difficult. 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
Oppossum Track Trail that travels through 2nd growth forest Ozark hill country and through dry weather creeks. Unique to the trail is what seems to be unnatural depressions. These depressions are early attempts at mining Barite. Opossum Track Trail traverses a section of the 68-acre Washington State Park Hardwood Natural Area, an area of land set aside for protection because of its natural beauty. Along sections of the trail, you may notice depressions in the earth which seem un-natural. Prior to the parks construction, this area was prospected for a mineral called barite, locally known as tiff. The depressions are the remains of those prospecting operations. Barite is used in the production of drilling mud and paint. As you hike along this scenic trail, you may also enjoy several breath-taking views of the Big River valley, particularly near the Civilian Conservation Corps overlook. The trail meanders through a typical Missouri oak-hickory hardwood forest, abounding with wildflowers, songbirds, native wildlife, majestic trees and trickling water winding its way along an ancient creek bed. This trail is moderately difficult. Along the trail, you may encounter slippery conditions, rocks and roots sticking up in the trails natural surface, steep grades and creek crossings without bridges.
spent he afternoon with wife.
trail took close to two hours, very easy to follow.
Hard Climb and then a lot of downhill. Great views.
Nice trail, leaves are still on the trees but it did offer pretty nice views. Rocky and steep in sections, but overall made for a nice walk.
Steep grades at beginning and end. Very nice hike.
Great challenging trail that has significant elevation gains and can be completed in under one hour if you keep a steady pace. Great views from a bluff that overlooks Big River! I have hiked this trail several times but today the trail had my preferred conditions, 1-2 inches of snow on the ground. The snow made for a great workout!