Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out.
Learn more

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.

Length 2.9 mi Elevation gain 269 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Historic site

Description
Waypoints (0)
Facilities
Contact
Getting There

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.

Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (245)
Photos (163)
Recordings (181)
Completed (577)
Jennifer Utne
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 2, 2020
Hiking
View Jennifer's Recording
Chris Taylor
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 1, 2020
Hiking

A time to beat

View Chris's Recording
Aishwarya M.
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 20, 2020
HikingRocky

Nice trail amidst the forest. Beware of bears. Had to cross a stream in the middle. Overall, great trail!

View Aishwarya's Recording
dany robertson
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJune 9, 2020
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.

Telecia Longnecker-Evenden
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarMay 3, 2020
HikingRocky

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

View Telecia's Recording
Emily Pattison
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMay 2, 2020
HikingClosedNo shade

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.

View Emily's Recording
Jennefer Vernoy
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMay 2, 2020
Hiking

Had to walk through the creek. So plan on shoes getting wet! Only downside if you’re not a fan of that.

View Jennefer's Recording
Brandon McNeal
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMay 1, 2020
HikingMuddy

Was a nice trail only obstacle was a river crossing and it got up to knee deep But other than that nice trail and beautiful scenery

View Brandon's Recording
Jennifer Williams
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarApril 30, 2020
HikingMuddyRocky

Trail was good but not clearly marked so we ended up on some very rocky and muddy terrain that wasn’t on the short loop. Had to cross a river to get to the other side of the trail. It was fine and the dogs loved it, but just be prepared to have wet feet.

Andrea Metzger
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 28, 2020
Hiking

It was pretty muddy but a great trail! Kids loved it. We did have to wade through a river to get back, but it wasn’t too deep and kids loved that too!

View Andrea's Recording
Keith Bachman
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 26, 2020
HikingMuddyRocky
View Keith's Recording
Logan Mathias
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarFebruary 29, 2020
Hiking

Great day trail but today the stream was high and pretty much impassable.

Kellee Schmitt
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarFebruary 22, 2020
Hiking

Great trail with kids and dog.

Lauren Schwartz
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarFebruary 22, 2020
HikingMuddyRocky

Great hike! Signage isn’t always accurate, but following this map was good!

View Lauren's Recording
Sandy Rice
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarFebruary 8, 2020
HikingMuddy

Loved the trail, but was surprised at the depth of the river crossing. Other reviews said ankle height.. may have been elevated due to recent rain/snow. Would only hike in summer. I am 5’1” and the river was over my knees and frigid in January. Great memories though

Tyler Teems
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 2, 2020
HikingMuddy
View Tyler's Recording
Brandi Sissel
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJanuary 1, 2020
HikingMuddyRocky
View Brandi's Recording
Ryan Carr
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 21, 2019
HikingMuddy

Great for kids

View Ryan's Recording
Ann Schroeppel
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarDecember 7, 2019
HikingMuddyRocky

Pretty trail. The markers/maps don’t match up with the trail. Thanks to the map on here we were able to find our way out. Mixed terrain and a good afternoon hike.

View Ann's Recording
Colby Carey
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 19, 2019
Hiking

The new trail improvements are great, it will take a bit of getting used to. the new signage is amazing and much needed. great hike.

View Colby's Recording
Erika Cooperman
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 8, 2019
HikingMuddyRocky

Love this trail! Shady and easy! Went counterclockwise and the water at the end still surprised us, haha. Definitely go counterclockwise unless you want wet shoes the whole trail.

View Erika's Recording
Erica Stringer
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 23, 2019
HikingRocky

I really enjoyed this trail. I went with my 8yr old son as part of his cub scout requirement. I forgot I had this app until about halfway through. I wish I would have remembered in the beginning because the beginning of the trail wasn't marked very well. we ended up accidentally taking the short loop and doubling back the way we came. oops. We will definitely go back and do the other part next time.

Showing results 1 - 22 of 245