Cole Creek Horse Trail

EASY 6 reviews
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Cole Creek Horse Trail is a 11.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Richland, 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 are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

11.9 miles
1286 feet

dogs on leash



horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running






washed out

Cole Creek Trail is primarily a trail for horseback riders, but it is also open to mountain bikers and hikers. The terrain is typical Ozark hill country covered in oak/hickory vegetation. There are 3 ponds on or near the trail. The western loop of the trail is marked with yellow diamonds and the eastern loop is marked with orange diamonds. If a longer ride is desired, woods roads can be used on surrounding National Forest land leading into some relatively remote areas.

7 months ago

Did full loop. east loop/orange, was generally flat, brushy, little to see. The west loop/yellow, had older forest, more open, more rolling topography, a little more scenic. Neither loop had a special scenic area. Overall, very ordinary. Trail was laid out well.

checked sign-in roster, the month of October had 29 people total registered for the hike - most were in groups of two. Low traffic.

mountain biking
Sunday, September 11, 2016

I really need to get better at this sport.

mountain biking
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Ground was horse trampled. The trail was listed as being available for bikes and hiking. Ticks were rampant. I'd suggest that only horse rider or hiker with hefty boots and long pants only play here.

mountain biking
Tuesday, December 02, 2014

If you like primitive trails, this place is a winner. A mix of old logging roads, double track and single track. Some nettle covered trails through pines but mostly hardwood trees over steep banked hollows and rough creek crossings. Lots of trail markings but sometimes (red trail) still a challenge to find your way. Not fast and flowy, these intermediate to difficult trails are best suited to phat tires that can grind over the straight up climbs. Lots and lots of trails to explore: red trail, blue trail, yellow trail, white trails. Probably best in fall and winter when vegetation is thinner.

horseback riding
6 months ago

7 months ago