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Apple Creek Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Altenburg, Missouri that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.9 miles Elevation Gain: 446 feet Route Type: Loop

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camping

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horseback riding

mountain biking

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Apple Creek Conservation Area is located in northeast Cape Girardeau County, three miles east of New Wells on Route CC. The Missouri Department of Conservation created Apple Creek Conservation Area in 1986 with the purchase of 2,082 acres from several landowners. Steep hills and narrow valleys characterize this area, and approximately 2.5 miles of Apple Creek stream frontage forms its northern border. The area is home to a mix of upland oak-hickory forests and a few bottomland forests. You may notice various forest improvement practices designed to improve wildlife habitat and maintain watershed quality. Timber harvests are also an important part of habitat management; they produce forage and cover for forest wildlife. Any physical disturbance is only temporary and normal aesthetic appearance soon will return. The Conservation Department has created watering ponds and planted food plots and agricultural crops within the forest to provide additional food sources for wildlife.

hiking
11 days ago

Nice, remote, easy to navigate walking path (mostly a gravel road). Pretty woods to walk through, not incredibly scenic, but nice. You can hear the shooting range off in the distance, but it is peaceful out there. Wide paths to follow. It won’t “wow” you, but it is nice and gives you an opportunity for exercise. There is no cell service here to utilize the All Trails app.

hiking
30 days ago

I’d recommend this trail if you’re looking for something not so heavily trafficked. The trail is wide, looks as though most of it was, once upon a time, a gravel road. It runs along a few crop fields and meadows. There were a lot of wildflowers in bloom. I saw only three other people on the trail.

hiking
4 months ago

This mostly equestrian trail roughly follows farm access roads. Makes a nice loop with several creek crossings. The trail has plenty of equestrian signs making it very easy to follow. Ignore AllTrails map as the current gps route is dated. Be prepared to hear gunfire as this trail is close to the public range at Apple Creek. Completely safe though and very well marked. As others have noted turn off of the county road at the “horse trailer parking” sign and follow to trailhead.

running
Sat Mar 16 2019

5 mile trail if you follow the horse trail signs- can be up to 7ish if you add out and back side trails, good for running (early spring). the run today was a different story, the trail is so grown up in parts the weeds are knee high. I don't recommend for the summer

hiking
Sun Dec 16 2018

When you’re driving there, make sure to turn where it says “Horse Trailer Parking” when you’re on county road 525. Wide gravel trail for most of the way, pretty steep and muddy in some parts though. It crosses the creek a few times which is neat, but not much to see besides that.

hiking
Sun Sep 10 2017

Primarily an equestrian trail but good for a day-hike too. My GPS logged this at just under 4 miles. There are a few spur trails that could make it longer. The first leg borders a shooting range but its well marked and there's no risk.

hiking
Thu Mar 09 2017

Please refer to the uploaded map, the trail is actually a 5 mile loop if you look. It's a mix of old fields and forest with some creek crossings. Very peaceful when I went. I saw lots of hawks, some turkey and deer. Other than a few steep hills it was a relatively easy hike.The ponds are fishable and there is a pretty red barn in the area down from the second trail head. There is also another trail further down Highway CC but I have not hiked that one yet.

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