Ridge Runner National Recreation Trail [CLOSED] is a 21.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near West Plains, Missouri that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.
The Ridge Runner Trail National Recreation Trail is a 6 mile loop at Noblett Lake, a 6 mile loop near the North Fork Recreation Area, and a 21 mile long segment in between that extends from Noblett Lake in the north to the North Fork Recreation Area in the south. Open to hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians, the trail leads you through a part of the Missouri Ozarks known for its beauty and limestone karst topography. The landscape varies from gently rolling to very steep terrain with rock outcrops and bluffs. Vegetation along the trail is diverse and includes oak-hickory, short leaf pine, and bottomland forests. Remnant prairie plants can be seen, a reminder of a time when repeated wildfire burned the Ozarks allowing fingers of prairie to extend into the woods. From Blue Hole Trailhead to the northern junction of the North Fork loop, the Ridge Runner and Ozark Trails run concurrently.