Chubb Hollow Trail is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Van Buren, Missouri that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Chubb Hollow Trail passes through the Big Spring Pines Natural Areas, along the banks of the Current River, before ascending the ridge into Chubb Hollow. Chubb Hollow Trail:3.8 mile loop trail. This trail offers a wide range of experiences. Sections of this hike pass through the Big Spring Pines State Natural Area---one of the most outstanding pine-oak forests in the Lower Ozarks. The trail begins at the historic Big Spring Dining Lodge (built by the CCC) and travels along the bank of the Current River out to the Chubb Hollow Picnic Pavilion, following the base of a high cliff at the river's edge, then ascends the ridge to circumvent the "hollow" passing through upland pine/oak forest.Midway along the ridgetop visitors encounter the Big Spring Lookout Tower (used during the mid-20th century as part of a regional fire protection system).The tower, scheduled to be refurbished, will offer a spectacular 360 panoramic view of the Ozark Plateau. Looping back to the dining lodge, the trail passes through the site of the CCC encampment where CCC boys lived during the period of the Big Spring State Park construction in the early 1930s, and then descends the slope past the timber/stone cabins (which they also built). Both the Partney Ridge Trail and the Kinnard Hollow Trail intersect the Chubb Hollow Trail---for a longer more ambitious trek.
Not too difficult and lots to look at. Beautiful views of the river as you can walk alongside it or take the trail up over the bluff.
Not well marked or maintained. Other than the first portion along the river and to the CCC buildings, there's not much to make this trail noteworthy.
Love the lower trail that runs along the river and the rock bluffs. Beautiful.