Virgin Pine Walk & Pioneer Forest Interpretive Drive is a 0.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Eminence, Missouri that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and scenic driving and is accessible year-round.
Located on on Hwy 19 about 7 miles north of Emminence, MO and 2 miles south of Round Spring.
This pine forest is far from virgin... it has been logged several times. Only a very few "old growth trees left. They are using conservation through logging as their way of "protection ". Very sad.
The Virgin Pine Walk trail has recently been maintained and there is evidence of prescribed fire to help manage the pine forest.
This site is owned by the L-A-D Foundation, not the National Park Service as listed elsewhere.
The virgin forest had just had the timber cleared as part of the management program which left it quite a mess and the trail obscured. I am sure it is a long term forest management program; but it is anything but virgin right now.