Pulltite Cabin Trail

EASY 7 reviews

Pulltite Cabin Trail is a 0.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Salem, Missouri that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.3 miles
52 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly






Pulltite Cabin Trail: 0.2 miles round trip. Located across the Current River from the Pulltite campground, this very short trail is accessible by boat (or wading if the river is low enough). From the river bank the trail circles around a fern and moss covered limestone bluff to Pulltite Spring and a log cabin that was constructed as a "retreat" by city folk who traveled to the Ozarks to "float the river" in the early 20th century. Park staff have recently refurbished the log framework. The setting, seemingly remote, with access limited to the river---gives today's visitor a glimpse of the rustic natural character that has captivated Ozark "tourists" and settlers alike.

15 days ago

If you go by the map on this app or use the directions you’ll wind up several miles down a dirt road at the driveway to a private residence. The best way to access the trail is via wading the river at the Pulltite campground or by floating the river.

I mapped the trail from the trailhead on the campground side, which is about midway through the campground. Park at the shower house and then walk on the paved road south about fifty yards to the trailhead, which is marked by a metal bar across the trail with a hiking sticker on it. That trail will take you to the river directly across from where the waters from the Pulltite spring meet the Current River. From there wade across the river (the deepest part at this crossing in August is about 4 1/2 feet deep).

On the other side there is sign pointing to the Pulltite spring and from there the trail is well defined and will lead you first to the cabin and then to the spring. There are some nice rock outcropping along the trail. The interior of the cabin is in rough shape but the structure is still holding up.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Really neat old cabin, just a few minutes walk off of the river. Beautiful Spring!

Saturday, February 04, 2017

A lot of people float to here.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Nice cabin, spring generally accessible when canoeing the Current River. Spring and cabin is a must stop when doing this stretch of the river. Nice lunch break area. Generally cool and shady.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Winter hike! The trail head was a bit tricky to find. Trail was muddy and a bit messy due to the flooding, but still clear cut. There is a great stone beach on the river. Extremely peaceful. Was somewhat strenuous when going up due to the mossy rocks. The info panels were nice to read about, but the mention of leaves are more useful in the summer.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pulltite is larger and better than most NF campgrounds in the area. Cheaper than state park campgrounds. Nice area.

Thursday, June 01, 2017