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Good hike, not overly scenic, but typical of area. Couple bluff views, some water crossings. backpacker camps exist along trail.

Lots of views. Several great views. Good hiking. More heavily trafficked than you would think, especially near Rutherford Bridge. Use Deet.

nice hike.

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

backpacking
26 days ago

This is a well maintained trail. Lots of gravel as expected in this part of Missouri so the trail drains well after rain. Thanks to everyone that maintains the trail. It looks great and has no aggressive up or downs. There seems to be confusion about the mileage.. printed map says 24 miles, Trails indicates 25 miles, our GPS recorded 27 miles, the trail is marked with mile/half mile markers, last one we passed was 26.5. We took our backpacking gear and were using this trip to gauge our maximum mileage per day. It was a surprise when we hit mile marker 24 and still had an unknown number of miles to go. The next 3 miles were a real mental challenge. So we completed the 27 mile loop in one day with our backpacking gear and realized we are no longer 18 years old..if you try this in one day get started early and take enough gear to get through the night if you need to stop. Next time we do this trail we will split it into 2 days.

hiking
29 days ago

The view at the top is worth this quick hike.

Me and my husband had planned to go to the very southern trailhead near Hendrickson and hike up from there to the highway 172 spot. Upon following the map to where the trailhead was suppose to be, we found we were lead to someone’s house and the map showed the spot was behind their house. We went to inquire to see if they knew about the trail but nobody was home so we just went to the highway 172 entrance and hiked in and out. Curious as to where the actual end point is now.

Awesome

horseback riding
1 month ago

Trails maintained by Back Country Horsemen of MO.

backpacking
1 month ago

Hiked the trail with my grandsons. Applied lots of 40 percent deet. No ticks or chiggers. Enjoyed the trail not too difficult but rough enough for a nice workout! Camped at dry creek campground had the place to our selves! Very nice campsites.

hiking
1 month ago

Enjoyable trail. Bring a copy of the map as cell signal not so good. Very peaceful. Views good at times. Not spectacular. Crossed Smith Creek several times. Trail is pretty well marked with red diamonds.
Had to pass thorough some grass tightly encroaching on trail. Tick/ Chigger city. Had to go home right after to get them off.

hiking
2 months ago

we only hiked for 30 minutes in/30 min out. pretty easy trail that ran parallel to the st. francis river.

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

backpacking
2 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!

Rick and spider infested!!! Just a normal covered Ozark trail, nothing special to see. About 4 of the 5.3 miles are will kept but 1.5 are pretty rough if your are traveling on foot. When we got to our car we could see the hundreds if not thousands of seed ticks on my dog and myself!! I spent most of the time on the trail dodging spider webs.

hiking
2 months ago

I walked <2 miles on the Moon Loop and got 11 ticks on my clothes. Trailhead off the Ginn Lane was a bit hidden. On the bright side, the sunrise and scenery were beautiful!

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.

This trail passes through mostly old growth forest and has some extremely large oak trees along the way. The right portion of the figure eight as mapped by this app is easy to follow. The left portion of the figure eight as mapped is almost nonexistent in some parts and evidently no longer used or maintained.

backpacking
4 months ago

We turned this into a three day hike because we wanted more time out there and it was worth it! at the 12 mile mark you can go off to the left and about .1 off trail is a great campsite with a decent little creek. it was nice and secluded great for a first night stay. when you get to Brazil creek fill up your water as there are not many options after that.

hiking
4 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!

backpacking
5 months ago

If you're a fan of flora then you'll love the picturesque fields of stinging nettles with a hint of briar patch and poison ivy. Are you entomologist or are fascinated by creepy crawlers? If you answered yes, then this hike is definitely for you. The ever reclusive tick will more than tickle your fancy here. The trick is to use copious amounts of deet 40. Deet, for ticks at Noblett, is like putting a good vinaigrette on a house salad.These little guys just can't seem to get enough. Bushwacker? This trail has you covered, literally. The wife and I especially loved all the deadfall across the trail. I mean who doesn't love walking under several fallen trees held up by a single branch. I know I did.

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

backpacking
5 months ago

Loved this trail. Will be doing this one again.

Our first impression of the horse camp side was pretty dismissal. 2pm and there's an extremely intoxicated guy carrying a handle of vodka and yelling obscenities at someone else at another site, shortly after he passed out in a camp chair. The two young teens with him came over to us and invited us to party with them later - they looked like they might have been old enough to drive, maybe. They said they camp frequently there. That was enough to make us not interested in spending any time here.

off road driving
5 months ago

I need to talk to AllTrails about some serious updates here. First, there are multiple trails, about 80 miles of them, in this 12 to 13 square mile area. The primary use of the area is "off-road motorcycle riding" or "dirt biking" which isn't a category AllTrails uses, so I selected "Off Road Driving". I can eventually map all of the trails in AllTrails, but go to https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mtnf/recarea/?recid=21762 for the official information on the area.

As for dirt biking, this is definitely a 5 star place to ride trails from easy as pie to hell and back. All skill levels can have fun here. There is a lot of level trails, rocks to bounce over, hills to climb, streams to splash through, and even bridges to cross. Visit Rattlesnake Cave, Deer Trough, and good luck finding what's left of Stump Springs, but it's there. There's also a 5 acre trials bike area with no limiting trails within it - ride wherever you like.

Hikers could conceivably use the area, but I've never seen any on the trails. If you hike this, you'll have to ford creeks (in the wet season), climb some pretty steep stuff, deal with lose gravel, and above all, get off the trail if you hear any riders coming your way! Some people ride fast without much time to react.

In my opinion, hike elsewhere and have run riding here!

backpacking
5 months ago

Very rugged terrain. There are several areas of the trail that have deep horse ruts. It would probably be impassable if it was muddy. Trails were somewhat marked. Lots of hills. Cross over several creeks, or the same creek several times. Camped alone a portion of Smith Creek. Saw a few other campsites along the way. Good for a one-nighter close to home. Will probably go back and explore the area again and spend another night. Decent stay.

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