Explore the most popular trails in Buford Mountain Conservation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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bugs
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
28 days ago

Trail was a good walk in the woods with some elevation. Not well marked; however, trail is pretty obvious. Lots of rock so I assume that is why it is rated difficult. Lots of cob webs though. The temps today was 58 degrees and I got a pretty good sweet going. Only really good view was Knob Hill (really good view though).

Very steep trail. We only hiked to bald knob and back. My garmin said it was 5.66 miles there and back. Definitely hard on your ankles. Loose rocks. Worth the look out though.

Wonderful hike up until Bald Knob lookout point. The loop trail is overgrown with a high concentration of spiderwebs. For maximum hike enjoyment come prepared with a spiderweb clearing stick...

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. Lots of spiders

We hiked up to bald knob and back it was 6.4 miles because 9 miles was just too much for our first difficult hike. The view is awesome. Just wanted to let everyone know we saw a 5 foot rattle snake on bald knob. He was hidden under a rock right where we step down so keep your eyes open. He quietly went the other way when he saw us.

horseback riding
over grown
rocky
4 months ago

Nice views, paths are overgrown. Trail was very rocky. Great shade! Easy to get to and follow!

hiking
bugs
over grown
4 months ago

Nice views from Bald Knob, but the rest of the trail was pretty boring. very overgrown along the right side of the loop. And so many ticks!

hiking
over grown
rocky
4 months ago

This trail is a real test. The location is very remote. The path to the right is less traveled and a little overgrown. The views are definitely magnificent. Trekking poles were key for stability and knocking down the many cobwebs that will greet you. Overall great experience.

hiking
muddy
rocky
6 months ago

Definitely a challenge. The first .75 miles and the first half of mile five were a good test. The view from bald knob though was great.

Two stars because it does offer one great view with an interesting campsite close by. The campsite has a fire ring that is partially protected from the wind by rocks to its south. As well as providing a +/- 7’ high windbreak the rocks offer a few places to sit. The trail itself is like an atv width equestrian trail chock full of loose orange and grapefruit sized rocks just waiting to roll your ankle. It offers a good workout with lots of elevation changes, but overall it’s just not worth the effort.

Trail was difficult with lots of elevation gain. Grabbed some water from a small creek on the eastern portion of the trail and cooled lunch while taking in the view at knob point. Great hike with a great view.

A great work out!! Took the loop counterclockwise. The trail for the most part was easy to follow, even being snow covered. Be careful around around the creeks towards the bottom, you could lose the trail there.

hiking
muddy
rocky
10 months ago

To start, the trail begins in a weird spot. It's at the end of a gravel road in a Conservation Area. I would suggest wearing some bright colors as this area is open for hunting. I didnt see any other people or hear any gun shots but I would just to be safe. The trail was pretty rocky and muddy but that's because the recent snow melt. Most of the trail is basically a logging road for ATVs and trucks which kinda takes away from the whole hiking aspect. I did the entire thing and made a waypoint to the Peak which added a little but it was about 9.7 miles total. Unless you are looking for the challenge and accomplishment of finishing the trail, I would make a left at the loop, get to Bald Knob and come back. The rest of the loop doesn't offer much, pretty boring. That view though, may be the best in Missouri!

Beautiful, beautiful views.

Old double-track trail. Very old, though, so not as unpleasant as double-track sounds, although you could drive a car along most of the trail. Very rocky in the initial ascent, but only for that first mile. Beautiful glades. Only saw one other party, although it was a Thursday.

A bit rocky for a trail run this long but no problem for hikers. I was fighting with spider webs strung across the trail about every twenty strides and almost stepped on a copperhead so be sure to stay on the lookout for that. There was a really nice view about 2.5 miles in that you can also stop at on the return trip. All in all I enjoyed this challenging run and would recommend it to anyone looking for some really good hill workouts.

I enjoyed the entire experience as it is hard not to when out in the beauty of the world. More water would be valuable if you are looking to spend some time on the summit. An epic hike, I will be back xo

Solid loop with everything a regular hiker could want. The full loop is 10.5 miles with most of the climbing out of the way early. The hike starts with a steady climb straight up to the highest point of the hike. Once to the top of Burford Mt you follow the ridge line to summit at 5 different peaks. The first peak is the highest point but is covered in small trees with no view, the second peak has large glades and rock structures to cross. The third peak is similar to the first. After the 3rd peak you will reach the portion of the trail where the actual loop starts. Keep left to reach Bald Knob in about a half mile or stay right to reward yourself with the views at Bald Knob at the end of your loop. The hike from trailhead to Bald Knob is just over 3 miles. Bald Knob is located on the 4th summit of the ridge. Continue on to the fifth summit and then back around the loop to peak #3. The trail does not have switch backs so expect steep and rocky conditions. Hiking poles come in handy for the trip back down Buford Mt for extra stability.

The bald Knob has an awesome view, everything else on the trail is just a long stroll through the woods. Don’t waste your with the loop unless you are doing it for the exercise.

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