Explore the most popular fishing trails in Mark Twain National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful hike with a natural bridge at the end that has bats. Tall sycamores along the way with a couple of creek crossings. Well worth it.

A typical Ozarks hike through the woods. Colorful wildflowers were everywhere. Several old foundations are along the trail. Passed some morel hunters who had a mesh bag full.

got confused on all the trails interconnecting. overall a good hike

30 days ago

Loved this trail. Will be doing this one again.

1 month ago

Nice view at the highest point of the trail. The lower portion of the trail runs by the river.

2 months ago

This trail is one of the weirdest I've taken. First of all there were shotgun shells all over the place. There was also a lot of trash, and a dead dog. We got a bad vibe from this place so left after walking down to the river.

pretty easy hike to the natural bridge from the parking lot. Wear waterproof shoes, you will get wet. I was very aggravated by the trash in the cave. why do people do that. There is bats in the cave, I hope the trash does not disturb them

Beautiful trail! Plenty of camping opportunities. My gps clocked a little over 12 miles and about 1500 ft elevation .

Finished this yesterday with a friend from work. A hair longer than 12 miles. Looking to do it again on a warm spring day.

Nice winter hike! A scenic lookout, but mostly trees to look at. Old growth Sycamores, tall straight Pines, twisted, bent and a lot of dead trees. the 137' climb up the stairs was hard on us and our 3 old dogs, but we all made it!

6 months ago

When you start off, there is a trail. The trail is completely gone before the first mile is up. We followed what we thought was the trail, but it ended up being part of the Ozark Trail, which was definitely not Crane Lake Trail. So we made our own trail. You basically just follow the lake around. Where you run into trouble is the dam. You have to go way around the back side of the shut-in to get to the other side of the lake. With no trail to follow, we were apprehensive about moving forward. We turned around and went out the same way we came in. Let me be clear, the trail gets completely lost. There is so much over growth and fallen leaves, everything looks the same. The trail looks good to start and then becomes completely non existent. Pretty area though. Nice country drive to the trailhead. Probably won't go back.
Oh, and the trail was rated as moderate...the lack of trail reclassifies it to hard.

Great prairie and creek trail. We went when the trees were changing and it added to the beauty. The natural bridge (more like a cave) was pretty although when we went there people were camping out in the cave and left tons of beer cans and litter inside. It seemed that they were there for a while. That spoiled the highlight of this trail for us. The length of the trail was perfect. Not too challenging at all.

Nice easy trail. Has some scenic views and access to the Big River. Some pretty Little Rock bluffs. No one in the trail when we were there. Has a pretty little bridge.

Beautiful area, area not well maintained but it's an area we love

mountain biking
7 months ago

Very scenic and well taken care of in sections. Some sections have a little overgrowth, especially parts that use the Fire roads. I recommend wearing quality bug spray, as I was inflected with chigger bites.

Nice walk through Ozarks rolling hills!

9 months ago

Nice hike for our arrival in MO. we took the shortcut across the dam.

Really weedy in several spots today and the beach very busy and noisy. I could hear the screaming from two miles away. Disappointed that it was so loud. Very pretty trail however. Bet this is awesome during the school year.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

A simple enough path that goes through a few different biomes. The main draw is the view you'll receive part way through. Not worth driving far but if you're in the area its a nice stop.

trail running
Monday, March 13, 2017

Well maintained, with beautiful views of the lake. Mileage is over 12 miles instead of the 10 miles listed. Great trail

Thursday, March 02, 2017

trail around lake is lackluster but the Shut-ins south of the dam is a blast. could spend a few hours in there. A lot of fire pits.

Monday, February 06, 2017

nice trail easy to walk. didn't see any wildlife when I went though. Does have a couple of nice views along the way.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Hiked the entire loop. Took a little over 4 hours (12.7 miles) . I saw no one from the time I parked until I got back in my truck. Very peaceful with great views of the lake during most of the hike. Looking forward to doing it again in the Spring.

river perfect but beware if you own personal equipment the private campgrounds and canoe outfitters will refuse your business and try to make your life rough

Monday, November 07, 2016

This is a great trail. Quite a bit of elevation changes, and at times not marked very well, but the beauty of the lake makes up for it. It took me 4 hours to circle the lake.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Lots of mountain bikers when we went. Made hiking a little tough. Beautiful lake!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

If you get "lost" don't worry all trails connect together, if you're willing to hike the eleven miles. Suggest to start early if you want to make the full hike. Some sections are overgrown and other sections are very open and pleasant. The highlight of the whole trail is the natural bridge (more of a natural tunnel)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

This section of the trail has been overgrown. There is a part of the trail that has pink slip ties that are marked 'mushroom trail re-route' which makes a circle around the section before you proceed all the rest of the way up the rocky hill. If you continue on you will connect the rest of the way onto the kaintuck trail leading towards the oak section and another section marked with what looks like lungs on an orange sign. Overall a good long trail. Bring the bug spray and wear long hiking pants/shoes! Definitely pack the water and your own markings.

Easy open trail. If you're wanting to go to the natural bridge go passed the turn google maps tells you to take and go down the road a little longer and you will see a sign for the natural bridge 1/2 mile and go down that road and park. The natural bridge is about a 1/2 mile down the trail on the right, and there are orange spray paint marks to lead you right to the natural bridge! A sight to see! It's more of a natural tunnel!

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