Umber Ridge Trail is a 5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Dadeville, Missouri that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options.
Umber Ridge Trail has a natural surface with a gentle terrain and is popular with mountain bikers. The area is typical of the western Ozarks where the prairie meets the woodlands. The trail travels along a west-facing slope offering several vistas of Stockton Lake before turning and traveling along open white oak woodlands on an east-facing slope. The trail travels through open woodlands including large oaks and hickory trees. Springtime hikers may see several different types of wildflowers including trillium, spring beauty, coral root orchid and wild hyacinth. Autumn hikers can witness the beauty of the Ozark woodlands as the leaves change color and begin to fall. Wildlife can be observed all year but some of the best times to catch a glimpse of a white-tailed deer or a bald eagle are during the winter when the woods are open and the leaves are gone.
Umber Ridge Trail is actually only a 1.75 mile loop that goes off of the larger 8 mile Lakeview Trail. This trail is a fairly easy trail, but make sure to wear the proper shoes as there are some rocky, uneven, and sometimes slippery terrain. I would say this trail is for a beginner who is looking for a little bit of a challenge. The trail is pretty well marked (it's the yellow/orange trail).