Bee Trace Trail is a 7.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Macon, Missouri that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.3 miles Elevation Gain: 531 feet Route Type: Loop

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Bee Trace Trail gives hikers a chance to experience several different landscapes. The first landscape is native prairie landscape, which once covered a good portion of Missouri. The trail then travels through savanna landscape and into woodlands. The Bee Trace Peninsula contains the 384-acre Bee Trace Natural Area, offering impressive views of these different terrains plus some great views of the lake.

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1 month ago

Nice trail, it was nice to get out and get fresh air today, did the north loop this morning was a little soggy in spots but for the most part was a well maintained trail. With almost no traffic,saw just one other person and his dog.

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muddy
1 month ago

Great trail but there’s a ridiculous amount of ticks. We started on the the north loop (blue trail) and the marking was good until the last mile. Many times at the end, we weren’t sure if we were in the right place.

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blowdown
1 month ago

I would recommend this trail to anyone seeking a scenic view by a lake. We saw quite a bit of wildlife. The trail was marked well to start but there were spots further in that were not as clear. Having the app helped!

1 month ago

There are two sections of trail: one that is 4 miles(marked in blue), and one that branches off of it that is 3.5 miles(marked in brown), according to the trailhead sign. The trail is nicely marked, except for the final mile on the blue trail. We hiked about half a mile before seeing another marker. Manageable, but it's like they just didn't feel like marking it anymore.

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4 months ago

Easy, relatively flat trail. Quite a bit of trail in the field.

6 months ago

My wife and I walked this entire trail November 2nd. Temps were in the 40s which for us was about perfect. Trail conditions were good, a few slightly muddy spots that were mostly avoidable. The trail is pretty well maintained. There were a couple of spots that were a little difficult to follow, but, we managed; could use a little more delineation in these areas. Also, FYI, our Garmin devices clocked this at 7.78 miles, and it took us 3 hours and 41 minutes walking time, plus about 20 minutes for lunch and breaks. We very much enjoyed this walk thru the woods.

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10 months ago

I'm cool with ticks but this trail had a silly amount of ticks.

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Fri May 03 2019

Varied trail with a lot of full sun with the large prairie portion. Nice trail for the area, but still simple.

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Sun Feb 10 2019

Pretty nice loop trail. Dog friendly. Marked pretty well. We hiked it in February so there were a lot of blow downs on the trail. Saw lots of wildlife. Golden and Bald eagles, deer, opossum, lots of birds. Many places to hike down to the lake to explore. Enjoyed it.

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