Pine Ridge Trail

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Pine Ridge Trail is a 3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Salem, Missouri that features a river and is rated as moderate. 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.

3.0 miles
541 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly





horseback riding

nature trips





wild flowers


The trail is a point to point trail that immediately climbs the hill overlooking the river valley taking you into an old growth timber with examples of mature pine, oak, and hickory timber. Many trees are over 100-150 years old. The hike starts near the stone shelter, on the south end or starts near the park office on the north end. The trail is 1.5 miles long if you go from trail head to trail head. However, if you hike by the road to your vehicle, the full trail length becomes two miles. Starting from the south trail head at the rock pavilion, the trail immediately crosses the foot bridge and heads uphill through old growth timber, crosses hwy. 119, continues across the ridge through native shortleaf pines and then heads back down into the valley. At this point one is afforded a panoramic view of the fish hatchery before it begins a steep decline to the northern trailhead at the park office.

28 days ago

This trail starts out behind the rock pavillion. It is pretty steep along a wet weather creek. Path is narrow and rocky but very doable. It crosses the hwy at the top and then levels out at the top through the pine before making it's way down the hill (not as steep) to end at the naturalist cabin near the hatchery. The Naturalist was welcoming and showed my young nieces snakes, turtles and fish along with some hides and bones that they kept in the office. If you go left out of the office you can take a short hike along the spring fed lake and hatchery which loops back along the river. I enjoyed this hike with a group of all ages. There is also a trail around the 7 springs that start the current river. And of course an ice cream or meal at the lodge is always welcomed.

4 months ago

Well maintained trail that is a lot of fun with the family. It started snowing during the hike, which added to the beauty. The start of the trail has a nearly 200 foot ascent in a short distance but after that it is an easy trail.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Done this hike on a Geocaching event.
Cool trail, even got to see an eagles nest.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Simple walk. Initial climb was surprising, but the rest was very easy. For a spur of the minute hike, it was enjoyable. Pretty vistas and views of the hatchery.

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Doug is right - this is a nice little hike. Well marked and good variety. Parts were a bit overgrown so I would recommend a hat and possibly long pants.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

This trail at Montauk state park in Missouri is the only real marked trail in the park, which is primarily a trout fishing destination. Its a good diversion after a day of fishing. The highlights of the trail are panoramci views of the hatchery and the forest itself. There are a large number of grand old oaks over 100 -150 years old. There is also a grove of short leave pine trees which are native and somewhat scarce.

5 months ago

8 months ago

Saturday, May 21, 2016