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Big Piney Trail is a 25.9 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Roby, Missouri that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 25.9 km Elevation Gain: 583 m Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bike touring

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

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blowdown

bugs

muddy

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Paddy Creek Trail is a rugged 17 miles through typical Ozark forest of hardwoods and pines with rocky outcroppings, and with seasonal waterfalls. It has several creek crossings over Paddy creek and several scenic bluffs overlooking the Big Piney River. Considered one of the best trails in the state.

hiking
muddy
3 days ago

hiking
muddy
14 days ago

Great trail! I did the loop in 5H 30M and my GPS measured 17.7 miles. The river/creek was quite high, definitely over my knees. I crossed barefoot with trekking poles and did well. Be prepared to get wet!

hiking
muddy
rocky
21 days ago

Wonderful trail! Lots of horseback activity this weekend which was cool! Two words: Trekking Poles. This trail was crazy rocky, and very rewarding

hiking
23 days ago

I completed hiking both North and South loops yesterday. I parked in the Roby Creek trailhead and started with the North loop, I completed the ~11 miles to Paddy Creek campground and stopped for camp. The campground is currently closed and the road is blocked so it is very quite, the brochure I have says you can still camp in the picnic area so I camped next to the creek next to the area regulation sign. I finished the ~8 miles of the South loop the next morning. The trail is not blazed except for just a few signs at major trail junctions, at a couple of places I had a hard time discerning the trail but using my GPS and the topo map you pick up at the sign in station, you shouldn't have any problem. There are a handful of small creek crossings that you should be able to get through without getting very wet but the Paddy Creek near the campground was ankle deep this weekend. A few portions of the trails are rough due to the horses but overall it is a nice Ozark trail for late winter.

backpacking
muddy
rocky
26 days ago

Did this trail last weekend very rocky with lots of creek crossings. There are ample amount of water sources and lots of places camp along the trail. Trail is not very well marked so it makes it hard to navigate.

hiking
muddy
rocky
3 months ago

Fun challenging trail. No major vistas, but still a pretty romp through the Ozarks. Several creek crossings and a few road crossings. Super muddy and covered in horse poop throughout.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
muddy
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rocky
washed out
5 months ago

hiking
blowdown
over grown
rocky
5 months ago

A classic Missouri backpacking trail. Great views, light traffic, lots of shade. Ample water and many opportunities to pitch a secluded camp. Downside is numerous sidetrails which recent signage make navigable, but without the trail signs would be a challenge even with gps!

hiking
5 months ago

This trail has some great views and the water fall was better than I expected but it was hard on my feet and ankles. Lots of rocks... several nice camping spots along the way or anfree campground camping at the river about midpoint.

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

I’ve hiked both the south loop first and the north loop first. The north loop to south loop is much easier to follow. I’ve found that when taking the south loop first that the way side trails merge onto the south loop and the way some of the signage is placed can create confusion. Highlight was accidentally stepping over a copperhead on the trail.

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
6 months ago

hiking
bugs
over grown
6 months ago

Definitely had to turn back due to chiggers!

horseback riding
rocky
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Really nice Trail enjoyed the scenery and the serenity that this trail offers keep in mind this trail is also shared with equine. No blazes so some parts can get confusing with other cross trails but really enjoyed this hike and would recommend.

backpacking
6 months ago

have taken this trail several times. enjoyed it. downfall, the trail is used by horses also. as with any trail with horses, the tail can me very rough for hikers.

hiking
over grown
6 months ago

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