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Busiek Red Trail Little Loop is a 2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chestnutridge, Missouri that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. 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.

Length 2.0 mi Elevation gain 121 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Over grown

Rocky

Washed out

Historic site

Description
Waypoints (2)
Contact
Getting There

Start at the parking lot and head south across the newly constructed bridge then head up the switchback to the first node where Carter cemetery resides. Or head east from the parking lot along the path, you will pass by campgrounds #1-8. Once you cross the river you will meander through the Ozarks a short ways uphill. You will pass Carter cemetery before you descend along the trail and cross the new footbridge to return.

Southwest Missouri Department of Conservation 2630 N Mayfair Ave, Springfield, MO 65803 (417) 895-6880 https://mdc.mo.gov/

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

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Lynzie Ross
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Hiking

Really beautiful river to walk by. It’s crystal clear. People horseback ride down here too so it was fun to see them cross the river. And it’s good for kids since it’s short but plenty for them to explore

Michael P.
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Hiking

Good hike

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Julia L
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When you leave the yellow trail it is very grown over and washed out near the creek. You can climb down and then back up to get back on trail. Just plan for grass. There was one water crossing when we went (September). I tried it barefoot, but wouldn’t recommend it. I enjoyed the little adventure.

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Paulius Vindžigelskis
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Joy Eakins
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HikingMuddyWashed out

We took our three girls. Wore the baby and the others were 2.5 and 4.5. It was a great little hike to get them out on a rare 60 degree day in February! SUPER muddy and pretty washed out, but still a good hike.

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Craig Peacock
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This trail was not marked very well. My daughter and I got lost and enjoyed a 10 mile hike instead. Thankfully a very gracious woman was able to redirect us to the end of this trail as she has hiked it several times.

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Backpacking
Brett Haralson
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Hiking

Took my 7 and 5 year old on this trail and had no issues, they both were able to navigate well enough. While the map of the red trail shows a loop that enters and exits at two different spots at the park entrance, there is also an extended portion of the red trail that goes further into the park. The various branches of the red trail are not well marked, so we found ourselves doing the extended portion and we weren’t aware of it. I suggest using gps to identify where to go to stay on the shorter/easier route. Fun trail, well maintained, easy to identify. We will definitely be back.

James Gerlach
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Hiking

Had a wonderful hike today on the Red Trail. The recent rains made the creeks impassable, unless you’re very adventurous, but there were plenty of trails to hike.

John Leppert
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Hiking

Most trails in this park will have you listening to gunshots from the shooting range in this park as well as the highway traffic noise but this Red trail will eventually lead you far enough away from both for a bit of a reprieve with just the sounds of nature.

Luis Alvarez
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Hiking

If you hike the marked red trail it is 3.1 miles according to the trail head. Though the trailhead marker says the trail is easy I would say it is moderate. There were a few places that were rough.

Jill Huckelbery Slankard
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Hiking

Very pretty during the fall foliage.

Diana Carreras
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Hiking
First to Review

I've just started hiking, and this is one of the first trails I started with, and it's a pretty good trail.

Tanna Eagleburger
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Hiking
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Brittany Anderson
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Crystal Harvey
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Whitney Peña
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Tj DuFour
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Jeff Alderson
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Michael DuBose
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Shelby Corray
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Hussain Mahnashi
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Jordan Prysmiki
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Joe Page
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Adam Blaney
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