The hike in the beginning is pretty steep with some distance between steps. It levels out and is overall a moderate hike. The tower is great for a quick picnic to finish out the hike. Be warned: the trail doesn’t loop around. It ends in a camp ground but can easily be connected with the River Trail that is .7 miles and just down the road.

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rocky
3 days ago

This trail was highly challenging in the beginning with a big track up. It eventually leveled out. WARNING: This loop does not end back up at the entrance seen at the Deer Loop Trail. We got very lost at the end and had to hitch a ride back to our car. I would plan to hike the loop to the end where the river is and then hike back.

hiking
3 days ago

Don’t go on this trail if you want to see the waterfall right now. The waterfall area is under construction and a big disappointment. This trail, although short treats you to a large 500ft elevation gain. This trail does lead to the Fire Tower trail if you want to take that route like we did. Be ready to huff and puff.

hiking
4 days ago

Incredible hike, great scenery. Take note that the last mile of this trail is through the campground.

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rocky
5 days ago

Very pretty trail, it was muddy and very rocky.

Trail was all up hill. We used it to connect to the Fire Tower trail.

hiking
12 days ago

There are a couple of river crossings about ankle deep, a couple of steep up and downs, and a small portion of the trail can be pretty muddy. It’s 1-/2 mile of trail and about 1/2 mile of campground road. We did this and Devil’s Kitchen. It was a good day!

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rocky
18 days ago

Absolutely beautiful, bluffs, the river, wildflowers and more. Some technical spots and steep hills but all worth the wonder!

Very nice trail! Wide variety of terrain with beautiful views! For newer hikers, be prepared for muddy/marshy parts of the trail, steep grades, and rocky terrain!

Great trail. A variety of terrain but lots of beautiful scenery.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! Be prepared to cross the creek several times!

Great perfectly challenging trail

hiking
1 month ago

This was a fun short trail. It was definitely a good workout. I wouldn’t recommend doing it after rainfall though. Some parts of the trail got pretty muddy. Also, be prepared for a few small water crossings.

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muddy
3 months ago

Had a good hike up a moderate hill at first, but leveled out.. loved the old fire tower and was still able to climb up on top. Went on a nice day- winter season, but still would give this a good rating. given 4 stars only because of the season.

A very pretty wooded trail a few bluffs. it stays in sight of the park road so it's not secluded. If you are camping at that site it's worth the hike but it's not worth a special trip.

hiking
5 months ago

Uphill hike that I think I took to connect with fire tower trail. A little difficult to navigate as it loops around and meets up with other trails and the park’s map/navigation is minimal out there.

Nice challenging hike through the Ozark hills and woods. Fire tower is still there to climb if desired (I did for extra leg workout). Can be buggy late summer. Deer sighting along top area. I do wish the park had a better map/navigation system for the entire park’s trail system.

nice hike! beautiful view of the mountains three quarters down the trail and the end of hike is nice next to River!

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rocky
7 months ago

This is not a true loop unless you walk the road through the campground. I hiked there and back for a nice 3 mile hike. Good elevation changes with nice views of the campground and surrounding bluffs.

A beautiful trail with rough terrain in a few spots. Making for a pretty good and challenging hike at points.

A great trail, you get a taste of the true Ozarks. Easy enough for not so experienced hikers to fully enjoy! Dennis Dreyer

heck of a hill start an end.

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