Virgin Pine Walk & Pioneer Forest Interpretive Drive

EASY 5 reviews

Virgin Pine Walk & Pioneer Forest Interpretive Drive is a 0.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Eminence, Missouri that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.9 miles
137 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



Located on on Hwy 19 about 7 miles north of Emminence, MO and 2 miles south of Round Spring.

3 months ago

There are some brochures at the trailhead that give some insight into the history of the area so I gave the trail an extra star for the educational aspect. It is definitely a lightly used trail.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

This pine forest is far from virgin... it has been logged several times. Only a very few "old growth trees left. They are using conservation through logging as their way of "protection ". Very sad.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


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Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Virgin Pine Walk trail has recently been maintained and there is evidence of prescribed fire to help manage the pine forest.
This site is owned by the L-A-D Foundation, not the National Park Service as listed elsewhere.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The virgin forest had just had the timber cleared as part of the management program which left it quite a mess and the trail obscured. I am sure it is a long term forest management program; but it is anything but virgin right now.