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Roaring River Fire Tower Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cassville, 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.

Length 4.3 mi Elevation gain 531 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Camping

Fishing

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Rugged Ozark terrain, dense hardwood forests, open dolomite glades and deep hollows. The views from its wildflower-filled meadows remain pure wilderness. The steep mountainsides have extensive woodland belts that hide numerous stony bluffs, sheltered forest coves, springs and clear-water streams.

Parking at the trail heads. Trail is within Roaring River state park renowned for its premier trout fishing. Full amenities you would expect at a state park. Camping from cabin rental to RV sites with utilities, or primitive tent sites. Other trails within the park.

Roaring River State Parks Service www.mostate.com/roaringriver 12716 Farm Road 2239 Cassville, MO 65625 Park Office: 417-847-2539 Lodging/Dining: 417-847-2330 Store: 417-847-4971 Nature Center: 417-847-3742

Wild Area Parking WGS 84, 36 34.602, -093 48.816 Trail heads: Along Hwy. F near the nature center; Wild area parking lot on Hwy. F; or At the end of campground 3

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H Davis
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Really nice trail, only passed one other group. It runs along the river for about a mile which seems to be to most senic part. This trail is not a true loop though as the start and finish are about 3/4 of a mile apart. You have to walk through the camp ground to connect the loop

Jason Hjartarson
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Hiking

Beautiful trail, a lot of fun

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Maggie Murray
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first trail we took our pup on to get her used to hiking. beautiful trail that went through a natural glade area and had a fun area parallel with the river to splash around in.

Michael Scharpf
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HikingRocky

Wonderful trail. There’s about 20-30 minutes of a steep incline right at the beginning, and you might cross a road or two, but then it’s pretty level, moderate terrain from there. Parts of the trail are somewhat overgrown, but the trail is pretty clearly marked. The marked trail is a little different from the All Trail route at some spots, but they all seem to end up at the same place. The Fire Tower is definitely worth checking out and relaxing at, and there are some beautiful views in the Glade Restoration area. Signs on the trail warn of abundant ticks and recommends bug spray. I didn’t encounter any on this trek, but I also used some bug spray so I guess it worked

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Charles Manning
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Hiking

Great trail but recommend it only if there hasn’t been much rain for a few days or it gets very muddy. Start at the trail head near the campground and soon you will need to cross a busy road. The beginning of the trail a short way in has a pretty decent incline so be prepared for a workout. It will level off but you will approach another incline shortly after. But then the trail levels off and is very manageable. The end of the trail, you will need to cross same road again and take a river trail back to the camp base. It will take around 2-3 hours to complete depending on pace and if lite trail running maybe just over an hour. Also lots of ticks so bring spray.

Ben Craig
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Good trail with a variety of terrains. Starts out steep up a set up stairs but levels out after a bit to a nice walk in the woods. You can climb the tower but it is not high enough to see over trees. The trail does not loop around but you can connect to a smaller trail that leads to the parking lot.

Hannah Kelley
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Hiking

The hike in the beginning is pretty steep with some distance between steps. It levels out and is overall a moderate hike. The tower is great for a quick picnic to finish out the hike. Be warned: the trail doesn’t loop around. It ends in a camp ground but can easily be connected with the River Trail that is .7 miles and just down the road.

Ryan Joyner
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HikingMuddyOver grownRocky

This trail was highly challenging in the beginning with a big track up. It eventually leveled out. WARNING: This loop does not end back up at the entrance seen at the Deer Loop Trail. We got very lost at the end and had to hitch a ride back to our car. I would plan to hike the loop to the end where the river is and then hike back.

Bree Hardman
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Very pretty trail, it was muddy and very rocky.

Jocile Hobbs
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Nicole Chervenyak
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Hiking

Absolutely beautiful, bluffs, the river, wildflowers and more. Some technical spots and steep hills but all worth the wonder!

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Joshua Hudson
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Hiking

Very nice trail! Wide variety of terrain with beautiful views! For newer hikers, be prepared for muddy/marshy parts of the trail, steep grades, and rocky terrain!

Shanna Tilley
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Hiking

Great trail. A variety of terrain but lots of beautiful scenery.

Skyler Vaughn
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Hiking

Great perfectly challenging trail

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Denise Smith
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Hiking

Had a good hike up a moderate hill at first, but leveled out.. loved the old fire tower and was still able to climb up on top. Went on a nice day- winter season, but still would give this a good rating. given 4 stars only because of the season.

Amber Lobaugh
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Hiking

Nice challenging hike through the Ozark hills and woods. Fire tower is still there to climb if desired (I did for extra leg workout). Can be buggy late summer. Deer sighting along top area. I do wish the park had a better map/navigation system for the entire park’s trail system.

Nick Quesenberry
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Christopher Hargis
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nice hike! beautiful view of the mountains three quarters down the trail and the end of hike is nice next to River!

Elizabeth Wright
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Hiking

A beautiful trail with rough terrain in a few spots. Making for a pretty good and challenging hike at points.

Dennis Dreyer
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Hiking

A great trail, you get a taste of the true Ozarks. Easy enough for not so experienced hikers to fully enjoy! Dennis Dreyer

Old Grizz
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heck of a hill start an end.

Juan Corona
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Shan Lady
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this is a very pretty hike. honestly I expected a little bit more. it makes it seem like there is rushing waters and a high lookout. although, there are rushing waters a very small part, and a tower which is overgrown and you're unable to see anything of a view. I can't say it was a full disappointment, I definitely expected more with the title.

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