Glade Top Trail Scenic Drive: Ava to Longrun

MODERATE 8 reviews
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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 moderate. The trail is primarily used for road biking and scenic driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 57.2 miles Elevation Gain: 4,917 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dog friendly

kid friendly

road biking

scenic driving


partially paved


scenic driving
7 months ago

Great drive through the Ozarks. Leads to a lot of camping and hiking opportunities. Hercules Glades wilderness is one area on the road midway. Primitive camping at the fire tower trailhead.

road biking
Thursday, April 12, 2018

We did not realize upon making the drive to Ava that this is a scenic drive and not actually a hiking trail like we thought. Oops! It might be good for the Glade Top Run held every year or even biking, but we should've done some research first. It was a pretty drive.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

scenic driving
Saturday, December 31, 2016

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.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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