tough to find the trails at times...thank God for this app

Fun place, not very trafficked. Came in off the Cape Fair side and hiked to the lake. Took a detour to hike up to a ridge for a decent view. Bring a map, might get signal when your on the ridges but will loose it in the valleys. See some old camp sites from hunters littered around as well, so be careful during open game seasons.

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3 months ago

This place should be rated as hard ! A hiker could really use a (current) map and gps with satellite imagery the blazes are almost non existent. If you decide to take a trail that is not on the official map , it will get sketchy ... As none of the trails are maintained ..

loved it

great trail . took my 9 year old and my 5 year old they did fine. looking forward to doing it again

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9 months ago

Just hiked this over the weekend. The trail is pretty clear on the first leg. But gets lost once you get to the creek bottom. It's tough to find the trail connection going back north as its really covered
Up. Watch out for snakes in the creek area. Seen a
Copperhead before turning back north. Overall not a bad trail just tough finding the right way on the back half.

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11 months ago

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11 months ago

Definitely not a great summer hike. Trail was not marked well at all and we ended up following the creek bed til we got to a campsite. Tick heaven.

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Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Started at the tower and went down the 'Tower Trail' till it came to Piney Creek. Flooding took out most of the trail, so just follow the creek like Dale said. Not many good views on the way down but there are a few nice fire rings on the trails by the creek. The lake was beautiful. Very secluded. Took the 'Farm Track Trail' that follows the dry creek bed back up, definitely the easiest way to get to the lake. Led out to a tiny track with road block posts at the road, but you can get there from the smaller trailhead down the road from the tower. Look for the pond if you take this route.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Pretty trail. Not super well marked. In the lower areas I think the flooding early this year did a number on the trail. Many times it was not at all obvious where the trail was, just keep following the creek. The AllTrails app made it much easier to bushwhack across the area and reconnect. Camped at the tower, only one here. (4-10-2016)

Monday, March 28, 2016

Thursday, November 05, 2015

The heading for this trail on this site is inaccurate. This trail is near Shell Knob, south of Mo HWY 76. The trail in in the Piney Creek Wilderness, which is in the Cassville district of the Mark Twain National Forest.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

A nice trail if your in the area.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Walked this an Siloam springs trail last Sunday 9/21/14. Lots of horse traffic here. It's a good day out.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Wife's first, in her words "non-sissy" hike. All in all, this was a pretty good area for our day hike. Began at Fire Tower TH and went South East to the Lake Trail. Lake Trail to Piney Creek Trail. Followed the creek in and out several crossings that were very refreshing! Went south on Tar Kiln Trail back to the southern TH. Here's where it gets a little shady. Siloam Spring Trail was covered in quite a bit of foliage. Topo Map is recommended. We found ourselves along the top of the ridge with no sign of the trail. Headed north west knowing we'd hit the creek and eventually catch the trail back to the north. Within 100yds, we were back on and headed down to another creek. There was quite a bit of rain in the weeks preceding our hike and as a result, the creek crossing were a bit rough to find as well. A series of horses had been through in recent days making it fairly easy to follow.

Siloam Spring Trail meets up with Piney Creek Trail again. There is a marker, but you'll have to look closely for it. Continued North from Piney Creek Trail up Tower Trail. First fire ring (ozarkswalkabout map) was easy to spot and we decided to go up the ridge rather than drop down in the hollow. We completely missed the second one and when arriving where the hollow trail and tower trail met again didn't think twice about where we were on the map. To further compound the problem, there is a cairn that needs to be destroyed. Continued to head north (don't do it) up a fairly worn area and it dead ended another 3/4m down the trail. At that point, we were within a couple hundred yards of 76 and decided to walk the road back to the car.

Actual loop is closer to 8 miles. We turned it into 10 but it was a great day for a hike. Plenty of water and trail camping is allowed. Pretty quiet. We met a group of backpackers around the lake trail/piney creek trail crossing and a small group of boy scouts shortly thereafter. Beyond that, we had the place to ourselves.

To expand on someone else's review, when we got back to the car at the Fire Tower, we did ask some campers to take our picture. While the guy that took the picture was fine, there were some interesting characters amongst them. They were also a bit unnerving and we left pretty quickly. I would suggest, as the previous reviewer did, hiking down the trail and pitching your tent there.