Piney Lookout Tower Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Aurora, Missouri that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.2 miElevation gain511 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingBird watchingForestWildflowersWildlife
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Chad Baker
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HikingMuddy

Serene but What trail?? Spent 2 hours wondering around the creek bed then backtracked to the fire tower.

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Matthew Zigmond
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The reviews are correct, the trail is very poorly marked but it is very beautiful if you have patience and are willing to bushwhack. Probably not a good idea to come here after a big rain, many water crossings

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Kelsey Nicole
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Poorly marked but we found our way. Good walk!

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Jesse Cole
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Melissa Dudley
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It’s lovely. Honestly. Not well marked, but I only had one trouble. I couldn’t find the trail during the steep rock area near the creek. I went counter-clockwise. I wish I knew how to help to fund the look-out. That would have been cool to see if you could access it. So thankful for Missouri Conservation and the Department of Agriculture.

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Jesse Cole
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Megan Baldridge
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If this was based on beauty, I’d give 5 stars. You WILL cross over water several times, have appropriate footwear. The trail took us 3.5 hours with a couple 15 minute stops, not 2 as estimated. The trails is difficult to follow at times, but follow the white markings (it’s blazed in white) or the ties in trees people have added graciously. This trail is great for rock skipping and finding beautiful rocks w gorgeous designs. The dogs loved the crystal clear water, but the 10 y/o dog had a ruff time towards the end. This hike is difficult in places, specifically the beginning and the end when it has some pretty steep inclines. It’s worth it if you have the time, energy, and appropriate gear bc the trail is absolutely gorgeous!! -Early November, 2020

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Steve C
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Nice trail. Sometimes difficult to follow, but if you’re using all-trails you’ll be fine. Plenty of water along the creek if you want to pack light and use a life-straw/filter.

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Ethan Nelson
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Poorly marked, but beautiful!!

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Jennifer Bissonnette
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HikingBugsOver grownRocky

It was interesting! You definitely need your phone to pull up a map to keep you on track. I think it was longer than 4.2 miles.

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Kevin Brown
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HikingRocky

So with the info provided we took our machete and tried to clear as much trail as possible. If a few people would do the same the trail would be just fine. Wear long pants due to poison ivy as you come out of the creek bed. So best way we found with 3 kids 8, 7 and 5 was this. Once you come to the first creek take a left. Just stay in the creek bed for the next mile or so until the trail goes back up the hill. If you stay in the creek bed and just look at app for where it turns and goes back to good trail (left turn) you will have a much better time!!!!

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Steven Records
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HikingMuddy

This is probably the most enjoyable trail of the Piney Creek Wilderness. Big shortleaf pines, scenic forestry, and clear creek streams. The trail gets a little overgrown around the piney creek area and may be hard to navigate for some. They have added markers in those areas to make navigation easier. A bit muddy and steap in a few areas, but not bad. Lots of shade. We went after a lot of rain. Table rock was at 924 ft msl and the creek was not flooded and was not hazardous to cross. There is an offshoot to this loop for a campsite on table rock lake. The the tail leading to the camp site on the north side of creek was rough. Flooded to 6in in tall grass led to red cedars with walls of thorns. Camp site was not worth the trek but not flooded. If you choose to go there, expect bushwacking.

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Joshua Hudson
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HikingMuddyOver grownRocky

Thank God I downloaded the map for this trail, as many others have said the “trail” disappears about half way into the hike! Terribly unfortunate that it is not better marked for optimum enjoyment, but the scenery was wondrous nonetheless. ALSO! Surprisingly great cell service throughout the whole trail so if you DO get lost, you should be able to view a map and/or call someone!

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Tiffany Dutton
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HikingMuddyOff trailOver grownRockyWashed out

There is NO TRAIL once you get to the creek. Other than that it was beautiful, scenic. We came right after it rained, so the creek was up, though we never got more than knee deep. The terrain was difficult, the rocks are loose, you don't have much of a trail to follow for about half of the hike, and we were walking through the creek for a large portion of it. No regrets, but it took us 4 hours instead of 2, and we're pretty worn out.

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Carol Nicklaus
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HikingOff trailRocky

Great 3-4 hour hike. No trail markers by the creeks. Definitely need GPS with All trail. Great cell service. Follow Ute’s directions and it’s a great adventure!

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Ute Wolff
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HikingMuddyOver grownRockyWashed out

Finally completed trail with the help of All Trails App. Started trail going South - good, but rocky trail. It gets very tricky down in the valley. Follow app - good tool to have - many water crossings, NO trail, just go along side of creek. Eventually you will end up at the Piney Creek. Turn Left ( or East) walk along side of Piney Creek. NO trail at all. DO NOT cross Piney Creek. Walked trough valleys, on step hill sides until you get to a flat area with several Sycamore trees. There we did find 3 Silver Trail markers. Follow All Trails - the trail turns North (uphill) Steep uphill, lots of rocks on trails, it looks more like a washed out creek bed than a trail. Eventually, on top of the hill the trail is very comfortable walking through large pines. Many down trees on the trail. The trail will eventually take you out to Farm Rd 2150. There should be a turn to the L on the trail leading back to the tower w/o having to walk to the street, but we missed that turn.

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Kelby Barnes
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