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Best trails in Alton

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Explore the most popular trails near Alton with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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Map of trails in Alton
Top trails (4)
#1 - Greer Spring Trail
Mark Twain National Forest
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 42 m
Greer Springs trail is a 1.8 mile trail that takes you through old growth forest to the pristeen setting of Greer Springs, the second largest spring in the state of Missouri. The daily flow is 220 million gallons.Show more
#2 - The Ozark Trail: Eleven Point Section
Mark Twain National Forest
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Length: 27.5 mi • Est. Multi-day
Great vistas and a visit to the cool Eleven Point make this a favorite section. Recent tread repair, sawing, signing, lopping, and leaf blowing leaves this section in good shape. The trail from Hurricane Creek west to Greer Recreation Area along the "lower route" has heavy stinging nettle grown in the summer, so be prepared. This can be a beautiful area to travel in the summer, but summer growth combined with heat, humidity and insects can detract from its beauty. There are some tread issues on the lower route near east of Greer Recreation Area plus some erosion issues near Bockman Spring. This trail can be a great adventure in the summer with swimming and fishing opportunities along the Eleven Point River, but it's not a "walk in the park." The trail leaves the 3152 trailhead, winding along the side slopes to Hurricane Creek. The crossing may be unsafe to use during high water periods. The first 10 miles pass through very rugged slopes and flowage associated with the Eleven Point National Scenic River. Several fine views of the Eleven Point valley are present. From the Greer Recreation area, at mile 10, the trail parallels the Eleven Point River on its way to McCormack Lake. There is a fine picture opportunity at the mouth of Greer Spring and an excellent bluff view of the river near mile 12. A spur leads to McCormack Lake at mile 13. Continuing west, the trail winds through the rugged Eleven Point terrain and offers two more contacts with the river. Near mile 20, the trail passes next to Bockman Spring, which is part of the Spring Creek flowage. All spring water should be treated before use. The westernmost 10 miles of the trail are in the Spring Creek flowage and offer occasional views of the creek and bottom fields. Show more
#3 - Greer Crossing Recreation Area to Mosby Hill
Mark Twain National Forest
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Length: 12.3 mi • Est. 6 h 8 m
This Recreation Area offers camping, picnic tables, fire pits, toilet, boat ramp and parking. There are 16 single and 3 double mowed sites which offer seclusion and privacy, each with table, fire ring, and lantern post. The campground is set back away from the waters edge. A campground host is on site in the summer. There is a centrally located vault toilet in the Campground. Drinking water and trash bins are available April 1- October 1. Some activities at Greer Crossing Recreation Area include are hiking, canoeing, wading, and fishing. A picnic area is near the boat access. The picnic area has 4 individual sites, each with a grill and one or more tables. The boating access is one of the most popular launch sites for persons floating the Eleven Point. Fishing is also very plentiful, there are rainbow trout, small mouth bass, sunfish, just to name a few.Show more
#4 - Whitten Recreation Area Loop
Whitten Recreation Area
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 42 m