Ruby Jack Trail

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Ruby Jack Trail is a 15.9 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Carthage, Missouri that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. 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.

15.9 miles
164 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly



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wild flowers

Ruby Jack is a Rails to Trails project. It runs from Carthage to the Kansas state line just past Carl Junction, MO. The trail from Carthage is very good packed rock through Oronogo. Just past Oronogo it is not finished and is made up of the loose rock from the railbed. It's not overgrown badly but very difficult on a bike.

29 days ago

It was clean but a little boring just walking. I walked about an hour into the trail then turned around and went back. This would be fun if you went biking with friends.

9 months ago

Not too bad of a trail. It has sections that are more secluded and also ones that pass by backyards. Not the most exciting trail, but good if you're wanting something simple.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Well maintained trail. It was very clean,flat and easy to walk. Even though it was very boring the country side views were still pleasant once you got out from behind the shacks.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

We, my 10 yo daughter and I completed the section from CJ to 171 today. Not a bad trail for walking. It is flat, shared the trail with a couple of runners. We are looking forward to challenging ourselves with a longer hike so next time we will see how far we can go. Setting a goal of 15 miles

Saturday, April 30, 2016

It's ok pretty boring

trail running
Sunday, April 24, 2016

I went to this trail twice this past week. Once by myself, and once with a friend. The trail was fairly level but was all gravel in the couple of miles I went from the trail-head. There were a few sketchy areas, but for the most part I came across farms and a lot of pastoral views.
One thing to note - watch out for snakes.

Friday, April 01, 2016

I have done the whole trail a couple of times. The trailhead is a mile from my house, so the round trip is about 34 miles.

This trail is well groomed and easy to walk, at least near Carthage. There isn't too much interesting in terms of scenery, but it is long, quiet, and relatively little-used, so you can really stretch out and test your legs without getting run over by a car.

If you're a cyclist, the section from Carthage to the West side of Oronogo is probably the only part you'll really want to do. Carl Junction has a nice section, but it's pretty short. From West Oronogo to Carl had loose gravel, slightly sketchy railroad bridges, and waist-deep weeds, so pedalling probably wouldn't be too pleasant.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

This isn't much of a hiking trail, but it's good for jogging or if you just want to get outside for a while. It is a lot of loose gravel, so biking can be a little rough in spots.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

It is an easy trail. It is good for jogging and biking.

mountain biking
Friday, April 26, 2013

Great trail from Carthage to Oronogo, from Oronogo to Kansas it is loose rock so it is hard to bike.

mountain biking
Thursday, May 31, 2012

Very nice trail.....still needs work tho

trail running
15 days ago

mountain biking
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014