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Bridge Trail is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lebanon, Missouri that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, fishing, and fly fishing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.3 mi Elevation gain 288 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Camping Fishing Hiking Walking Forest River Rocky
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This trail is almost entirely in upland deciduous forest with a full canopy of different kinds of oak and hickory trees. The trail overlaps at first with Oak Hickory Trail as they leave the nature center and follow a gentle grade up and along the hillside to the east. At the top of the hill, the junction divides Oak Hickory Trail off to the right. Forest Trail continues upslope and around the ravine. Gradually the trail turns north and follows a gentle slope down to the bottom where it intersects Whistle Trail. At this point, you can turn left and complete the remaining portion of Forest Trail or turn right and continue along Whistle Trail. Much of Forest Trails tread is narrow, rocky in some places.

Parking lot at the trail head located on the east side of the Visitor Center. Camping is not allowed on the trail, but their is fee camping from tents to RV pads, to cabins. Park has full amenities and is renowned for trout fishing.

Bennett Springs State Park 26250 Hwy. 64A, Lebanon, MO 65536 417-532-4338

From St. Louis Bennett Spring State Park is 161 miles from the I-270 and I-44 interchange; the trip will take about 3 hours 15 minutes depending on traffic. Go west on I-44 for 148 miles to Exit 129; you are now in Lebanon. At the top of the off ramp, turn right onto Hwy. 5 /Hwy. 32. Stay straight on Hwy. 5 for 1.5 miles, until you reach the intersection of Hwy. 64 and Hwy. 5. Go straight on Hwy. 64 for 10.5 miles then turn left on Hwy. 64A. Travel for one mile until reaching the state park. From Kansas City Bennett Spring State Park is 178 miles from Arrowhead Stadium; the trip will take about 4 hours 45 minutes depending on traffic. Drive east on I-70 for 68 miles to Exit 78A. Go south on U.S. Hwy. 65 for 90 miles to the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 65 and Hwy. 64 at the village of Louisburg. Turn left on Hwy. 64 and drive for 17 miles then turn right on Hwy. 64A. Travel for one mile until reaching the state park. From Jefferson City Bennett Spring State Park is approximately 95 miles from Jefferson City and should take about 2 hours 15 minutes depending on traffic. Drive west on U.S. Hwy. 54 for 58 miles to the town of Camdenton. Turn left onto Hwy. 5 and go 25 miles to the town of Lebanon. Turn right on Hwy. 64 and drive 10.5 miles then turn left on Hwy. 64A. Travel for one mile until reaching the state park. From Springfield Bennett Spring State Park is approximately 63 miles from Springfield and should take 1 hour 30 minutes depending on traffic. Drive east on I-44 for 51 miles to Exit 129; stay in the left turn lane on the exit ramp. You are now in Lebanon. Turn left onto Hwy. 32/Hwy. 5 and stay straight on Hwy. 5 for 1.5 miles, until you reach the intersection of Hwy. 64 and Hwy. 5. Go straight on Hwy. 64 for 10.5 miles then turn left onto Hwy. 64A. Travel for one mile until reaching the state park.

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Mike Buechler
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Beautiful fall colors! Well-maintained trail and fun with kids.

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Megan Ray
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Bre Legan
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Trail not well maintained, and because of this, would rate the incline and difficult footwork greater than "easy". The trail begins at the nature center and ends at a fork in the trail to continue along the river to Whistler Trail (with an INTENSE bluff climb) or to the main hatchery area, just a short walk back to the nature center.

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Eric Pierce
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The hiking trails at Bennett Springs are not maintained. Bridge trail is no exception. The trail head spurs off from Whistler trail. To get to the trail head we had to go around one blow down only to find that another blow down across Bridge trail.

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Melinda Fries
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Conway Hawn
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Nice nature center at the trailhead followed by a walk up through the woods and down along the river to an old bridge.

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Doug Neidholdt
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Bridge trail is a simple walk through the woods after touring the small visitor center. Good for kids, a break from the fishing, nice view of the river and dam. river along this area is picturesque.

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Kate Neal
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Kendall Kurtz
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Nikki Ware
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Spencer Thomas
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Terri Erwin
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Chasity Borntrager
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Sonia Love
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Kim McFarland
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Sonia Love
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Julie Parish
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Doug Neidholdt
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