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Scour Trail is a 2.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lesterville, Missouri that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and trail running.

Distance: 2.2 miles Elevation Gain: 203 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

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forest

wildlife

no dogs

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rocky
30 days ago

Enjoyable trail with some rocky terrain. Great look out point with unique views of the reservoir. The trail is marked well the whole way.

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2 months ago

Nice easy trail through the woods. Path narrow at one point. Tree down and have to go through the branches. You can hear the highway traffic for awhile at the first and last part of the loop. One-third was very rocky and slow going. There was a little water but was easy to avoid. It hasn't rained much in the past six weeks. There would have been no avoiding the water if it had rained much recently. Nice view from the overlook after the rocky portion. Beautiful day! Overall enjoyed it! Clean! People respecting nature. Wouldn't recommend for young children or the elderly due to the rocky portion.

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice trail.

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4 months ago

Still flooded out on the southwest corner. So unable to do the loop, but otherwise super nice trail.

hiking
6 months ago

easy trail with a cool scenic view

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7 months ago

super easy trail. had to walk through water because it is currently flooded. not much use for a workout, but cool views of the dam.

Sat Nov 10 2018

Good scenic trail with view of the reservoir. Somewhat rocky and had to walk through a stream below in order to complete the whole trail.

hiking
Sat Aug 04 2018

Enjoyable trail that is a stop on the Great Missouri Birding Trail. This loop trail is about 2/3’s wooded and 1/3 open where it follows the scour path. The trail leads to an overlook deck of the new Ameren Upper Reservoir that replaced the old one that failed in 2005. The trail descends from the overlook deck to the scour path and is rocky and a little hard to follow. If you look closely along this part of the trail you can find pieces of concrete that I presume are from the failed reservoir. There is a pavilion along the trail that would make a nice picnic spot.

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Wed Jul 04 2018

The Scour Trail hooks up with the Ozark Trail so that’s cool in itself and to an overlook where you can view the path of the 2005 dam breach/flood and see the force of water at work, huge boulders were swept away like twigs and now dot the landscape all along this 1.5 (+/-) mile area. The water also revealed 1.5 Billion (yes, with a “B”) year old rocks from when this area was a string of island volcanoes. The hike itself isn’t too challenging but getting down to the scour looks to be a bit technical, we decided to take the white connector instead. The trail was in good condition and wider than most less used trails - a bonus for us! Had a nice hike.

hiking
Sun May 06 2018

Trial is easy to follow as long as it's in the woods. Kinda disappears once you get to the scour path. I just walked along the rocks until I found the trail again. Not really very scenic either, but I guess the rock formations are kinda cool.

Mon Apr 02 2018

a lot of the tail was washed out due to flooding but we just kept wondering until we made it across. (there was no real tail due to water). cool area to see effects of water on stone

hiking
Sun Apr 01 2018

This trail was fun, but we went after a big rain and there was so much water covering the trail there was no way to cross in order to continue the trail. Luckily there was a trail connection to another trail so we were able to hike that.

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