Best trails in Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area, Missouri

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Looking for a great trail in Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area, Missouri? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 8 moderate trails in Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area ranging from 1.8 to 8.6 miles and from 928 to 1,286 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Busiek Red Trail
Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 21 m
The red trail is easy. Best hiked counter clockwise. There is a short climb then small undulations after that. Towards the end you can cross the river or stay left along the bank taking you back to the bridge.Show more
#2 - Busiek Yellow Trail
Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 5 m
Start at the parking lot and head south across the newly constructed bridge then head up the switchback to the first node where Carter cemetery resides. The trails meandors through the woods in a East SouthEast direction before going south. 1/4 of the way through there is a Yellow trail shortcut. At times water may be up and you must look for a ford to make any crossings. Generally the water is very low.Show more
#3 - Busiek Purple, Orange, White Loop
Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area
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Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 4 h 5 m
#4 - Busiek Yellow and Blue Loop
Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 34 m
This is a really nice moderate level trail with a variety of terrain: from steep climbs up rocky hills to mellow flat pathways through grasslands. There are two water crossings that you may have to pulled off your shoes for. Be sure to check out the waterfall just off the yellow trail. There are also lots of little streams and ponds around for aquatic interest. On a hot day this is a great place to get some exercise and then cool off in the gorgeous clear blue water. Show more
#5 - Busiek Orange Trail
Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 33 m
#6 - Busiek Purple Trail
Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 50 m
Busiek Purple Trail a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Highlandville, Missouri that features a creek, woods, glades and ridge line vistas. It is good for all skill levels. Within earshot of the gun range, the trail offers a number of experiences and is accessible year-round. Mountain Bikes, Dogs and Horses are also able to use this trail.Show more
#7 - Busiek Red Trail Little Loop
Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area
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Length: 2.0 mi • Est. 53 m
Start at the parking lot and head south across the newly constructed bridge then head up the switchback to the first node where Carter cemetery resides. Or head east from the parking lot along the path, you will pass by campgrounds #1-8. Once you cross the river you will meander through the Ozarks a short ways uphill. You will pass Carter cemetery before you descend along the trail and cross the new footbridge to return.Show more
#8 - Busiek Blue Trail
Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 43 m
Accessed from the South Parking Lot off HWY A, or by the Yellow Trail, the trail offers a number of experiences and is accessible year-round. Mountain Bikes, Dogs and Horses are also able to use this trail.Show more
#9 - Busiek White Trail
Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 1 h 49 m
#10 - Busiek Red, Yellow, and Blue Trail
Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 2 h 26 m
This route combines three different Busiek trail to make one large loop. There are camping sites along the route. Please see park website for more camping information.Show more