Turkey Pen Hollow Trail is a 7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Camdenton, MO that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This trail passes through high quality dolomite glades and woodland plant communities. The area in and around this trail is managed with periodic prescribed fire. The trail goes by a large sinkhole, an access to the parks special-use camp, a primitive backpack camping area for large groups, and through Turkey Pen Hollow. After you pass the connector trail leading to the special-use camp, you travel across a large south-facing glade. Lower on this slope is an intermittently wet seep area. The large outcrop of rock is the remnant of the Red Arrow fault line that runs through this part of Camden County. This rock area is where layers of bedrock have shifted in a vertical manner and in other places one layer of rock has pushed other rock layers above it. After you reach the ridge top beyond and hike for a short distance, you can decide to shorten your hike to 4.75 miles by taking white connector 1. Along white connector 1, you will find an intermittent pond. This pond often holds water in the spring and is home to frogs, salamanders and toads as evidenced by the cacophony of their calls both during the day and in the evening.
Done this trail maybe 30 times. Dont expect to see anyone else. Takes me about 3 hours to do the 7 miles at a moderate pace trekking. Good trail run taking about 1.5 hours.
A really good day hike that is on the easy scale. Even with the leaves on the ground the trail was easy to follow. I bypassed the bypass and was glad I did. There wasn't any water flowing this time of year, but I will definitely come back in the Spring. I only came across five hikers during the hike so you can find some solitude in your hike.
Great place for first solo backpacking experience. Trails were well marked and cleared. Not too long of a trail either! The only bad part was all of the seed ticks...
We enjoyed this trail. We skipped the shortcut and we're glad we did. There's some pretty waterfalls along the 2 mile loop. Start to finish was just under 3 hours.
Great trail that we did together as a family. Probably kid friendly for ages 5 and up.
Fantastic trail through some great Ozark forest land. Really appreciated the winter beauty of the trail. Total of 6.8 miles of trail and enjoyed every mile of it. Can't wait to try it again in the spring and fall.
Nice trail, easy walk. Was a little overgrown in places with lots of trees down especially on the loop towards the campsite. Typical Missouri views and topo and well worth the time. Trailhead estimate is 7 hours which is ridiculous, we completed it in a little under three hours with a couple of breaks and carrying 40 pound packs (training!)
All in all worth a look
Moderate hike. Varied scenery throughout. Stayed overnight at the camp. Liked it. Would have enjoyed it more without the current drought. Would do it again for the camp but not the views.
Nice hike, confused about length though. Trail information says about 7 miles however, when I tracked my hike with my gps, I finished at 9 1/4 miles. Even allowing for a 1/2 mile oops, that's a big discrepancy in mileage...
Nice varied scenery, especially liked the spacious savannahs. short for a backpack trip but still nice. the trail can be combined with the devils kitchen trail to add another 1.5 miles.