Glade Top Trail Scenic Drive: Ava to Longrun

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Glade Top Trail Scenic Drive: Ava to Longrun is a 57.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Ava, Missouri that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for mountain biking and scenic driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
57.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5935 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dog friendly

mountain biking

scenic driving

forest

views

6 months ago

scenic driving
9 months ago

We took a nice scenic drive down the Gladetop Trail, stopping at multiple overlooks to enjoy the splendid views.

scenic driving
Sunday, December 06, 2015

Nice drive.

mountain biking
Monday, December 03, 2012

Most of this trail is a drivable gravel road: loose rock gravel provides a tricky surface on which to bike and this is the trail's biggest drawback. Starting Glade Top from the trailhead south of Ava, the first 2.5 miles is mostly climb and is pretty brutal considering the lack of traction - you'll need to be in shape for sustained loose surface climbing. The views are spectacular, however, and this trail does not seem heavily used. Once you get back into the high forested ridges, it is very peaceful and the glades are great places to take a break. Do watch for occasional motor traffic - especially on the blind corners.