Kaintuck Hollow Acorn Section Trail

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Mark Twain National Forest

Kaintuck Hollow Acorn Section Trail is a 8.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Newburg, Missouri that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, horses, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length8.3 miElevation gain590 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashCampingHikingHorseback ridingRoad bikingRunningForestRiverViewsRocky
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Getting There

Primitive backpack camping on the trail.

Houston/Rolla/Cedar Creek Ranger District 401 Fairground Road, Rolla, MO 65401 Phone: (573) 364-4621 Fax: (573) 364-6844 TDD: (573) 364-6844 Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 am-4:30 pm

From Rolla, take Interstate 44 to exit 179; go south on Hwy T for 2 miles and turn west on Hwy P. Take Hwy P for 2.8 miles, turn left onto Forest Road 7550, and 2.3 miles to the Mill Creek Recreation Area, turn left or east at the first road past the rec. area., travel 1/4 mile and park on the right

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Steven Christiansen
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Peripatetic Spirit
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Fun, secluded series of intertwining trails. Make sure you download a trail map for offline use. Several large sections of the trail in the valley areas you will not receive updated GPS location for your devices. Wilkin's Spring and the Natural Bridge are a must see. There is also remnants of what I believe is an abandoned fish hatchery. Sink holes pocket the bluffs. Some are flooded into what appears to be hidden, enchanted forest ponds. If you're quiet, you'll experience some spectacular bird watching, especially in the valley just north of the horse trailer parking lot. I've seen a number of deer, and the remnants of turkey scratchings all over the bluff trails. Please leave no trace and preserve this special area for our future generations...

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.Tammy Kratzer
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Went backpacking here this weekend. Had the trails to ourselves except for a few guys scouting places to hunt. The natural bridge was neat and loved the ridge walk. There's a sweet spot to camp by the spring. Best hiked during leaf off. Wasn't a difficult hike. Take a printable map. It can be easy to get lost if you don't have one. I used a paper map and All Trails Pro.

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marvinj67 User
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A little brushy, but a great balance of challenging downhills, mixed with easy spots for some coasting.

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Evan Clark
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HikingBugsMuddy

The lower portion was a little overgrown and muddy when I went in late summer. Also be aware of ticks.

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Kyle Ewald
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completed or I should say foraged my way through after getting lost around mile four without any signage and no GPS to guide me back on trail ended up being off trail for four miles. covered in ticks I did spray before hand and chose to use this trail as a trail run. Which I did shorts. As of right now I'm still waiting on blood test results but it appears I have contacted Lyme disease. This trail was very heavy in ticks and should be avoided in the hotter months. I was there June 27, 2020 please take precautions in this area.

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CJ Parker
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This was a great easy trail with lots of different sections to explore. The dogs had a great time romping through the streams and woods

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Shawn Herr
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Ok trial which I would not do it again. Nothing spectacular. Multiple creek crossings and the only way to get past them is to walk through them. So of the creeks are about 1. -2ft deep. Also, watch out for ticks.

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Hannah Rogers
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We weren’t able to complete the entire trail due to wet and muddy conditions, which is expected for this time of the year. It is a beautiful trail with forest, field, and creeks.

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Shannon Brooks
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a bit wet and a lack of trail markers. GPS tracks a it off the map trail but all and all a nice trail.

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Kenny Dillingham
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I enjoyed the trail because it was quiet for once. I find it hard to be in silence in Missouri. It was a bit overgrown and we had to watch for ticks like crazy, but we also found some nice wild edibles to enjoy.

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Justin Johnston
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eww

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Conway Hawn
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Fun trail that runs mostly along a ridge line at the start and passes through woodland and then a Shortleaf Pine forest. There’s a rest area between the woodland and Shortleaf Pine forest that is next to a small lake and has a picnic table. Other neat little ponds can be found next to the trail. After descending from the ridge and passing some large flat rocks and other rock formations, the trail runs next to a wet weather creek for a couple of miles, which it crosses a few times. The trail is overgrown in several areas along the creek but the path is well worn from trail riders so it’s easy to find. We passed at least ten riders while on the trail. The last 3/4 mile back to the trailhead is on a gravel road. I logged 9.2 miles for the mapped trail.

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Cindy Price
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Horseback riding

Our favorite

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Luke Baker
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Worth walking the whole trail. Theres a skippable section that leads to a beautiful pond/glade, picnic area. Just make sure you follow the map and you'll come across it. All around its a fairly normal path with a few cross overs from other trails, so keep the map handy

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Jacqueline R
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Hiking

The trailhead was easy to find but make sure you have a map for all the trail choices along the trail. Only picked up one hitchhiker - but had long pants and long socks on. Overall a well maintained trail minus the first half mile but even that wasn't too bad. A definite decent outing worth the drive.

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Mia & Andrew Lowe
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Easy to get lost on this part! Horse poop beware, and parts of it are overgrown. Overall a decent trail but needs better marking on which direction leads where.

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N Knell
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Running

Nice run in the woods, but easy to get confused getting on Acorn itself at the beginning. Once you find that, its marked with signs on trees for trails that head in other directions. Definitely carry the map. Trail is overgrown in portions, and a bit torn up by horse use. Both my running partner and I had ticks on us despite using a spray to keep them off.

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John Oberdiek
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Running

I ran this trail awhile back. Many beautiful spots, but as others have mentioned there are several loops and it is not all clearly marked. It took me quite awhile just to find the trailhead. The loops I took were a total of about 9.5 miles.

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Steven Mayo
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Really enjoyed this trail. Although the intersecting trails, and there's several, are not clearly marked there was a box of maps provided. With a bit of terrain association I knew right where we were. The area that I covered was full of butterflies. It definitely was tick season. Be prepared to stay busy finding them if you bring furry friends. I'll be visiting the Kaintuck Hollow Trails regularly.

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Doug Neidholdt
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Hiking

Acorn section is part of a larger 16 mile loop trail. Heavy wooded, nice ridge with views. simple easy hike.

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Jordan Bellamy
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This trail is an okay hiking trail. There are multiple trails and they are not that well maintained. There can also be equestrians on the trail. The best trail is the Acorn Trail that runs the ridge line in the hollow. I would not recommend this for mountain biking as most trails are too rocky and difficult to ride to enjoy. This trail system is a killer trail run workout though.

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Nerf Dude
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Nikki F
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Jessica Spencer
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Ryan Quarnstrom
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Thomas McCallister
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Thomas McCallister
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James Swanson
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