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.

Not a bad trail, but not very good either. A simple stroll with 3 small creek crossings, but the trails aren’t marked well. The biggest payoff is the small cave but it’s not marked at all and you can miss it since you have to veer off the main path down an unmarked trail by at least 150 meter.


Okay for a couple of hours. Nice just to be out.

1 month ago

The view at the top is worth this quick hike.


Cool trail on the lake. Had a nice breeze, clear weather, and swimming area. Nice overlook trail with good elevation that breaks off loop.

3 months ago

This trail is absolutely beautiful! Definitely a good beginner hike. Came here for a backpacking trip but cut the trip a day short. First day I was covered in seed ticks and went to wash off in the closest bit of water which had leaches in it. Beautiful trail just don't recommend coming here in August!

There’s no parking so you will just have to pull over to the edge of the dirt road to park. Boulders mark the start of the trail but the trail is overgrown for the first 150 yards and you will have to wade through poison ivy, blackberry briars and cedar trees that have been cut across the “trail” until it meets up with the rest of the Kaintuck trail system, which is better used.

After that you will cross a creek and mostly ascend through a forest with occasional openings in the forest. When you reach a trail crossroad it’s time to head back. Only at the crossroad do you see any blazing for this trail.

5 months ago

Easy to follow trail with a nice view of the Ozarks at the top of the bluff. I've been at least 5 times and it's never crowded. If you go in early Autumn the view is even better. Beware of seed ticks though.

My 12.5 and 11 year old had a blast! Trail is definitely a solid 12 miles! We did in just around 5.5 hours, which was clipping along. I suggest starting early in the day in order to include more stops along the way. Definitely bringing the entire family back!

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

6 months ago

Loved this trail. Will be doing this one again.

6 months ago

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

7 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!

Saturday, November 04, 2017

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.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

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.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

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

mountain biking
Sunday, October 01, 2017

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.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Nice walk through Ozarks rolling hills!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

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

Saturday, June 17, 2017

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

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