Busiek Red Trail is a 2.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Ozark, Missouri that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length2.9 miElevation gain269 ftRoute typeLoop
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The red trail is easy. Best hiked counter clockwise. There is a short climb then small undulations after that. Towards the end you can cross the river or stay left along the bank taking you back to the bridge.

ALL CAMPING BY PERMIT ONLY (call 417-895-6880). No amenities provided.

MO ConservatIon Dept. 417-895-6880

Located 18 miles south of Springfield, MO on Highway 65.

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Tammy Campbell
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Great little trail! Not a lot of scenery but only had to cross the water one time. The other places that should have had water were dry today.

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Miles Greenstreet
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This trail is beautiful and well mapped out, it was washed out and river was a little high at the moment, but over all a great experience and workout!

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Ana Juanso
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HikingFlooded

It was a pretty trail from what I could see of it. I was only able to hike .75 mile because of the river. I attached a picture. The red dot on the tree was where the trail continues. I had to turn around after that. Not sure if they can build a bridge for people who want to walk or not. Just a suggestion. It was not possible to cross. The water was very high and impassable.

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Megan Dougherty
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Wes Martin
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Walking

Ok hiking trail

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Jonathan Ketsenburg
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Allen W
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HikingGreat!

I have done the whole trail in the past but today just hiked to the cemetery and back. I have always enjoyed the trail. Always a chance of seeing wildlife. Today was an armadillo and birds.

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Chelsea Gilliam
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River with an option to expand and go by an old cemetary. Great views.

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Lonni Helm
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Great trail! Water was about calf height and freezing, be sure to bring extra socks.

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s johnson
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Dylan Seldal
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Yesterday was a perfect day on the trail! Creak was high and cold wish I had water  Proof shoes on... nothing that won’t dry out tho

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Jeremy & Lacy Stucky
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Excellent trails.

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Erika Cooperman
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Great day to be on the trails!

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Kyla Jolley
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Nicole Young
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Margaret Grady
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Jessica Wyatt
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it was great...until we got to the water crossing and had to go bushwacking

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Colten Harris
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Great trail!

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Jackie User
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Really enjoyed this trail. Took the dogs and they enjoyed it. There is one creek crossing that you'll need to figure out if there's water, so you might get your feet wet. Quite a bit is going uphill and downhill after crossing the creek (going clockwise). Very well marked.

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Ivey M
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Gravel, big and loose rocks, one flew up and it the top of my foot. I had a flat leaving the park

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Chuck Fowler
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Brian Bilyeu
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A long hike in the woods. There is a section along Woods Fork you may have to cross the water.

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Charles Trebilcock
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Jennifer Utne
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Chris Taylor
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A time to beat

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dany robertson
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HikingMuddyWashed out

this is not a round trip during high water. on the trail where you go to pass the water the trail go right through the river. it may be passable during certain times of the year though. and some good spots to get in the water.

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Telecia Longnecker-Evenden
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fun trail would have been very too just hike and not bring the bikes. but we well be back.

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Emily Pattison
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Originally I tried to do the Yellow Trail, but parts of it were closed for conservation preservation. The red trail links up so that wasn’t a problem. There’s very little tree cover until you get into the Red Trail so I don’t recommend it on particularly hot days. The trails were not clearly marked at all so you have to possess some good orienteering skills. No water views until the end. If you’re looking for a tough trail running experience, this would be it, but I don’t necessarily recommend for hiking and sight seeing.

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