Pine Ridge Trail is a 2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Salem, Missouri that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, fishing, and fly fishing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The trail is a point to point trail that immediately climbs the hill overlooking the river valley taking you into an old growth timber with examples of mature pine, oak, and hickory timber. Many trees are over 100-150 years old. The hike starts near the stone shelter, on the south end or starts near the park office on the north end. The trail is 1.5 miles long if you go from trail head to trail head. However, if you hike by the road to your vehicle, the full trail length becomes two miles. Starting from the south trail head at the rock pavilion, the trail immediately crosses the foot bridge and heads uphill through old growth timber, crosses hwy. 119, continues across the ridge through native shortleaf pines and then heads back down into the valley. At this point one is afforded a panoramic view of the fish hatchery before it begins a steep decline to the northern trailhead at the park office.
Simple walk. Initial climb was surprising, but the rest was very easy. For a spur of the minute hike, it was enjoyable. Pretty vistas and views of the hatchery.
Doug is right - this is a nice little hike. Well marked and good variety. Parts were a bit overgrown so I would recommend a hat and possibly long pants.
This trail at Montauk state park in Missouri is the only real marked trail in the park, which is primarily a trout fishing destination. Its a good diversion after a day of fishing. The highlights of the trail are panoramci views of the hatchery and the forest itself. There are a large number of grand old oaks over 100 -150 years old. There is also a grove of short leave pine trees which are native and somewhat scarce.