Siloam Spring Trail is a 7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Shell Knob, MO and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This trail has a little of everything. Flat, steep, muddy and creek crossings. The trail was about 7 miles in length if you go all the way to the lake. We of course took many side trips. There are several intersecting trails so it's a really good idea to have a map and a gps. Oh yes, there are thorns on some of this trail so be prepared to be scratched (makes for good stories).
It's close to my house. If your in the area it's worth doing.
My review is going to be more on the whole area rather than just the trail. We went there in mid-November and camped for the night. Our mistake was deciding to camp at a site that was already set up right along the road. We had never done this before and thought it would be nice to camp close to the car and just hike without our packs (that was nice). Piney Creek Wilderness is part of Mark Twain National Forest in Southern Missouri. It is gorgeous with plenty of views. The gravel road which we camped off is about 5 miles in length and runs in between 2 highways. There is literally nothing around on this road. We had some concerns....there was a truck that drove by us 4 times, which first threw up a red flag with us (as we were camping right beside the road). About sunset (very cold and in the middle of nowhere), a man walked by on the road by himself. He was NOT wearing clothes for jogging, walking, etc . It just struck us as very odd. So we ended up picking up our tent and carrying it back into the woods a ways. Figured they wouldn't be able to find us if they were trying to mug us. Who's to say what he was doing but it just gave us a weird feeling. We had never experienced anything like that before. With that said, I've seen prettier places than this is Southern Missouri. It was okay. For us, it was NOT worth the 3-4 hour drive to get there when there are other places much prettier and scenic than this one for the drive.
This trail has a little of everything. Flat, steep, muddy and creek crossings. The actual trailhead is difficult to find so we actually did the trail backwards as we went past the spring coming back out. We did see three bald eagles as well as an eagle nest and of course the ever present deer.
The trail was about 7 miles in length if you go all the way to the lake. We of course took many side trips. There are several intersecting trails so it's a really good idea to have a map and a gps. Oh yes, there are thorns on some of this trail so be prepared to be scratched (makes for good stories). The elevation at the trailhead was 1357'. The trail descends to about 944' when you are at the lake arm.
Trailhead coordinates where we started out are N 36 degrees 39.936' W 093 degrees 36.264'. (I'm still new at gps so bear with me). We took 39 highway South just past the 76 turnoff and turned left on 2185. Stay on 2185 for 4.5 miles and you will see a pulloff big enough for horse trailers. You can either park here and see if you can find the trail to the West or continue another 100 yds East and there is a driveway turning in on the left. There you will find a steel marker where we started down.