Best trails in Mark Twain National Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri? AllTrails has 67 great hiking trails, 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 40 moderate trails in Mark Twain National Forest ranging from 1 to 57.2 miles and from 400 to 1,525 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Mark Twain National Forest covers over 1.5 million acres of pine forest, scenic rivers, rolling hills, and wilderness. The forest offers over 750 miles of trails and unbeatable opportunities for a wide variety of outdoor activities like hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and motorized vehicle recreation. There are also plenty of picnic areas and campsites and places to canoe or kayak in this recreation area's spring fed rivers. The Recreational Sites are broken down by Districts which are located in 1 of 4 zones. Each zone has unique outdoor recreation opportunities. Zone 1 Cedar Creek, Houston and Rolla Ranger District Zone 2 Ava, Cassville and Willow Springs Ranger District Zone 3 Eleven Point and Poplar Bluff Ranger Districts Zone 4 Potosi, Fredericktown and Salem Ranger Districts
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#1 - Ozark Trail: Taum Sauk Section
Mark Twain National Forest
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Length: 12.3 mi • Est. 5 h 50 m
It's hard to overstate how great this section is. You have 1.5 billion-year-old mountains, igneous glades, springs, grand vistas, odd rock formations, and a swimming hole complete with natural flumes.Show more
#2 - Lower Rock Creek Trail
Mark Twain National Forest
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 33 m
When you pass the gate, turn immediately to the left (south), cross the stream and follow the trail back to the creek, then travel right (west) the best you can on the north side of the creek. An unoShow more
#3 - Berryman Trail
Mark Twain National Forest
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Length: 27.1 mi • Est. Multi-day
The Berryman Loop is a multi-use trail that meanders through the scenic Ozark Hill Country at the site of Civilian Conservation Corps camp of 1937 with many rocky and rugged sections. This loop offerShow more
#4 - Council Bluff Lake Trail
Mark Twain National Forest
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Length: 11.4 mi • Est. 5 h 3 m
Council Bluff Lake Trail is a 11.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Belleview, Missouri that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options aShow more
#5 - Greer Spring Trail
Mark Twain National Forest
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 42 m
Greer Springs trail is a 1.8 mile trail that takes you through old growth forest to the pristeen setting of Greer Springs, the second largest spring in the state of Missouri. The daily flow is 220 milShow more
#6 - Cedar Creek Trail System
Mark Twain National Forest
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 4 h 36 m
Cedar Creek Trail meanders through the oak hickory forests and tall grass prairies of central Missouri. The Cedar Creek Trail system consists of four trails; a printable brochure can be downloaded thrShow more
#7 - Black Mountain Falls Trail
Mark Twain National Forest
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 39 m
NOTE: The trail can be hard to find and there is no designated parking for the hike. Show more
#8 - The Ozark Trail: Eleven Point Section
Mark Twain National Forest
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Length: 27.5 mi • Est. Multi-day
Great vistas and a visit to the cool Eleven Point make this a favorite section. Recent tread repair, sawing, signing, lopping, and leaf blowing leaves this section in good shape. The trail from HurriShow more
#9 - Hercules Glades West Trailhead to Upper Pilot Knob
Mark Twain National Forest
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 3 h 42 m
Multiple loops available. From this side the shortest planned out and back is 8 miles round trip. Combining loops could keep you on the trail for 2-3 days. Nice scenery and not overused. Part of the MShow more
#10 - Smith Creek Loop Trail
Mark Twain National Forest
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 2 h 51 m
The Smith Creek Loop traverses five miles between Boydsville and Rutherford Bridge and offers a scenic hike that provides glimpses of Cedar Creek from the bluffs above. Show more
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