Fire Tower Trail is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Patterson, Missouri that features a great forest setting 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.

2.7 miles
879 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




mountain biking

nature trips




Fire Tower trail uses an old gravel road leading to the fire tower passing through mature upland forest in the St. Francis Mountains. The tower was built by the CCC in 1936. Fire Tower Trail is a great trail to experience the vast vistas of the park and the St. Francois Mountains. The trail makes use of an old gravel road and intersects with Mudlick Trail in four places. The first intersection is with Mudlick Trails hiking only section. The next intersection goes south onto Millers Ridge, which offers spectacular seasonal vistas of the area. The third intersection is with white connector 2. A fourth intersection with Mudlick trail, leading to trail shelter 3, is at the top of the trail just before it ends at Mudlick Fire Tower. The tower was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936 at the highest point of Mudlick Mountain, 1,313 feet above sea level. The 85-foot-tall tower is closed to the general public but is still used to spot fires in the surrounding countryside.

5 months ago

just a gravel road. very steep. wanted to see the fire tower but didn't have the engery as, I backpacked the previous 2 days and just wanted to get back to the car.

11 months ago

Hit this trail after taking the yellow blazed trail down from the shelters - would have been nice to have better signage to tell you which way to go when the trail forked on the Mudlick trail but there were just yellow arrow signs pointing in both directions - so based on information from a hiker I saw earlier I was able to choose correctly and headed left up to this area and was rewarded with this cool fire tower. Once completed I headed back down the Yellow Mudlick trail to the fork in the trail where I continued on. I could have continued in the fire tower trail but it was just a gravel road and I wanted to hike in the woods.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Trail was disappointing as it only follows a gravel road to the tower and back. I came in the back way using the trail to make a loop from another trail. I would of routed otherwise had I realized it was only a gravel road.

2 months ago