Carman Spring Trail

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Carman Spring Trail is a 2.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Willow Springs, Missouri that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
127 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Civilian Conservation Corps campground from the 1930's. There is a legend at the parking area, but the feature locations are not marked. A good bit of history to view, plus the story behind the CCC & campground are posted. The trail continues past the campground for another 3/4 mile. Spring Creek is ~1/2 mile past the trail end, which you can follow west another 3/4 mile to get to Carman Spring.

hiking
17 days ago

The trailhead has a couple of informational signs that talk about the CCC and how this area used to be a CCC camp along with a diagram of where the camp’s buildings used to be situated. All that remains now are ruins. The trail itself is what appears to be an old forest service road. It leads out and back through a forest of Shortleaf pine trees.