hiking
1 month ago

My husband and i enjoyed the hike. we did the entire loop but it is not marked except near the falls and one other time. We had to back track a few times and find the correct path. we were thankful to have downloaded a map and had to use GPS once after taking a small path that turned out not to be the main trail to find our way back onto the trail. We came across several nice camp areas and the waterfall is not currently flowing but the water that you do come across is crystal clear and cold.

good trail. it disappeared a few times but not to hard to find again if you know the map. great camping along the trails. you can filter water from long Creek below the falls, if the falls is not flowing. taste good.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail best in early spring or late fall.

Nice hike, drive to the trail head is scenic and likely not doable if it's been raining in a low clearance 2WD. Many washed out spots and deep ruts.

camping
2 months ago

My wife and I hiked to the falls, camped a night and then went back the way we came in. Unfortunately. there wasn't enough water for the falls to really be active, but that area was very pretty.

The trailhead is off of a county road that turns into a poorly maintained gravel road. We were in a Chevy Impala and did fine getting to the trail head.

The trailhead isn't marked as Coy Bald, but it's obvious when you get there. A few hundred yards off the trailhead there is a fork in the trail. We went left to get to the falls quicker. There is a lot if washout on the trail, making the decent (or ascent) a bit more difficult, but not unbearable.

There are two established camp sites with fire rings on either side of the first river crossing. It's a pretty area and the water is good for filtering.

The rest of the trail is heavily wooded with no views. From the trailhead it's about 3 miles to the falls. You'll cross the river twice. The trail has some rocky inclines and some smooth flat areas and a lot of washout, but it's travelled well enough that it is easy follow. That may change when the leaves are on the trail since there are no markings to guide you.

About two miles in, another trail crosses, just stay straight and you'll be fine.

There are four established campsites near the falls with stone fire rings. Forest Service rules are that the rings be scattered when you leave, but they've been there awhile and frankly I think it does less damage to leave them for the next campers.

The water was very nice for wading in, but be careful of water moccasins, I saw one baby in the water and an adult about 5' long on a rock in the bottom of the falls.

We came out the same way we went in, so I can't speak to the rest of the trail conditions, but we saw a few other hikers that did the whole loop.

I may go back in the spring or fall when you can see more and the ticks aren't so bad and do the whole loop.

hiking
2 months ago

Ummmm it was pretty cool. It is horribly marked! SO EASY TO GET LOST

3 months ago

Entrance road which leads to the trail start is a little confusing due to a homemade sign at the beginning of the road (you'll know it when you see it.) I was disappointed people vandalized the MDC sign at the start with birdshot. Besides that, it's a great trail and good little workout. Trail is not marked with signage at all that I observed, but it very easy to follow and stay on track. Going to have to take another trip as I never found the waterfall due to not walking the entire loop.

hiking
4 months ago

The trails are not well marked, but easy to follow. The waterfall on the other end is really cool. Just be sure to take plenty of water and be ready for a long trek. Definitely not for small children as I carried a 4 year old about 5 miles in total. My gps tracking app showed it at a little over 9 miles from start to finish.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful views, wished the falls would have had water going,.. When we went it had snowed the night before, the trees looked Beautiful!!

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful views of some of the Ozarks finest Glade Top country!

The hike was great once we found the trailhead. To find it, take US Highway 160 approximately 9 miles East of Forsyth, MO; then make a left turn onto Cross Timbers road. Follow the road to the bottom of the hill and over a creek until the road ends at an intersection. At that point you should see a small signage post that points right towards the trail. Make a right turn and continue until you see the road split. Make a left (this is Forest Road 566) and continue approximately 1.5 miles until the road ends at the trailhead. Fair warning, the trail is not marked Coy Bald Trail; however a trail exists. Make sure to register at the entrance before departing! Oh, and the trail is a loop, so stay to right and it will take you all the way around the hillside and back.

hiking
5 months ago