Apple Creek Trail

MODERATE 3 reviews

Apple Creek Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near New Wells, Missouri that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, camping, fishing, and horses. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.7 miles
521 feet

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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.

10 months ago

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.

Thursday, March 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.

26 days ago