Turkey Pen Hollow Trail is a 6.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Camdenton, Missouri that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This trail passes through high quality dolomite glades and woodland plant communities. The area in and around this trail is managed with periodic prescribed fire. The trail goes by a large sinkhole, an access to the parks special-use camp, a primitive backpack camping area for large groups, and through Turkey Pen Hollow. After you pass the connector trail leading to the special-use camp, you travel across a large south-facing glade. Lower on this slope is an intermittently wet seep area. The large outcrop of rock is the remnant of the Red Arrow fault line that runs through this part of Camden County. This rock area is where layers of bedrock have shifted in a vertical manner and in other places one layer of rock has pushed other rock layers above it. After you reach the ridge top beyond and hike for a short distance, you can decide to shorten your hike to 4.75 miles by taking white connector 1. Along white connector 1, you will find an intermittent pond. This pond often holds water in the spring and is home to frogs, salamanders and toads as evidenced by the cacophony of their calls both during the day and in the evening.
My first solo hike ever. Had a wonderful time on a nice spring day. Saw a snake and a ton of lizards. Nice scenery. It was about 83 degrees the day I went and it got pretty hot so I wouldn't wanna do it mid summer. The wild flowers were out lots of leaves and trail easily marked. One of my favorites!
Easy to find, well marked, and easy to follow. Took my eight and twelve year olds. The twelve year old and myself carried our backpacks loaded down with the weight that we plan on hiking the Colorado Trail with this summer. Took just over three hours with stopping for a picnic.
Trail could be better marked, not that it was hard to follow.
Would not like to do this on a hot, summer day.
Great workout on a beautiful day in February, 2017.
Great hike, I took the backpack weight that I will be using on the AT....this trail is very rocky, wear good boots or trail runners..hike on✌️
Done this trail maybe 30 times. Dont expect to see anyone else. Takes me about 3 hours to do the 7 miles at a moderate pace trekking. Good trail run taking about 1.5 hours.
A really good day hike that is on the easy scale. Even with the leaves on the ground the trail was easy to follow. I bypassed the bypass and was glad I did. There wasn't any water flowing this time of year, but I will definitely come back in the Spring. I only came across five hikers during the hike so you can find some solitude in your hike.
Great place for first solo backpacking experience. Trails were well marked and cleared. Not too long of a trail either! The only bad part was all of the seed ticks...
We enjoyed this trail. We skipped the shortcut and we're glad we did. There's some pretty waterfalls along the 2 mile loop. Start to finish was just under 3 hours.
Great trail that we did together as a family. Probably kid friendly for ages 5 and up.