Ridge Runner National Recreation Trail

MODERATE 3 reviews
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Ridge Runner National Recreation Trail is a 21.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near West Plains, Missouri that features a lake 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.

DISTANCE
21.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2168 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running

forest

lake

river

views

rocky

The Ridge Runner Trail National Recreation Trail is a 21 mile long segment in between that extends from Noblett Lake in the north to the North Fork Recreation Area in the south. Open to hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians, the trail leads you through a part of the Missouri Ozarks known for its beauty and limestone karst topography. The landscape varies from gently rolling to very steep terrain with rock outcrops and bluffs. Vegetation along the trail is diverse and includes oak-hickory, short leaf pine, and bottomland forests. Remnant prairie plants can be seen, a reminder of a time when repeated wildfire burned the Ozarks allowing fingers of prairie to extend into the woods. From Blue Hole Trailhead to the northern junction of the North Fork loop, the Ridge Runner and Ozark Trails run concurrently.

backpacking
6 months ago

Did ridge runner north loop before connecting to Ozark trail. The trail was washed out badly in multiple places, you will have to search good for the other side of the trail in those places. Trail dips into thick briar patches and stinging nettle patches at times. Scenery is ok. Upside: if you camp out there the stars are nice and the coyotes/owls are nice to listen to.

mountain biking
Friday, March 17, 2017

Sunday, June 07, 2015

There is a sign at the trail head that says this trail is closed.