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Best trails in Belleview

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Looking for a great trail near Belleview, Missouri? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, camping trails, backpacking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Taum Sauk Mountain State Park or Hawn State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Pickle Springs Natural Area or Buford Mountain Conservation Area. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Belleview ranging from 11.4 to 38.6 miles and from 928 to 1,702 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Belleview
Top trails (6)
#1 - Bell Mountain Loop Trail
Bell Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 11.6 mi • Est. 5 h 48 m
Oak and hickory are the predominate tree species, with some areas of natural oak-pine and some short leaf pine plantations. Upland brush and red cedar make up a small portion of the vegetative component. Blackjack oak, winged elm, hickories, sumac, and native grasses are found on the glades. Lichens abound on the exposed-surface rock. Some areas on Bell Mountain that were cleared in the 1940's now have almost pure stands of Northern Red Oak. Shut-in Creek crosses the area. It is a perennial spring fed stream with several shut-ins, or gorges along its course. Steep talus slopes intersect the stream course at several locations. Joe's Creek is another small perennial stream within the Wilderness. Bell Mountain Wilderness provides a unique habitat situation not typical of the majority of Missouri's Ozarks. The predominately oak-hickory forest is interspersed with pine and scattered glades resulting in a diversity of plant species more common to old growth forest. This habitat situation favors mature forest species such as pileated woodpeckers, wood thrush and oven birds.Show more
#2 - Council Bluff Lake Trail
Mark Twain National Forest
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Length: 11.4 mi • Est. 5 h 3 m
#3 - The Ozark Trail: Taum Sauk Section
Taum Sauk Mountain State Park
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Length: 33.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
This is one of the finest trails in Missouri. It’s rugged, scenic, and passes by one of the best swimming areas you’ll find. Generally in good shape, mostly tree free, but expect some seasonal growth. Hwy 21 to Taum Sauk to JSI should be mostly clear, with a tree down here and there and some seasonal growth. Hwy A to Johnson’s Shut-Ins Scour Area is reported as mostly clear. When the water is high near Johnsons Shut-Ins, continue north into the park and cross at the Scour or Hwy N. It’s hard to understate how great this section is. You have 1.5 billion-year-old mountains, igneous glades, springs, grand vistas, odd rock formations, and a swimming hole complete with natural flumes. The section is 35 miles in length, but lends itself to two different hikes: one from Highway A to Shut-Ins (15 miles), and the other to Shut-Ins to Taum Sauk (12.5 miles ( although you can continue to Highway 21 for a total of 18 miles). This trail will slow you down– you’ll find your average speed drop a mile-an-hour for your normal pace as you negotiate the rough terrain. One person described the tread as “a natural stair-stepping machine.” Look for the cairns in the igneous glades, as it’s easy to get lost.Show more
#4 - Ozark Trail: Middle Fork Section
Mark Twain National Forest
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Length: 22.7 mi • Est. 10 h 56 m
Plentiful water with rock-bottomed creeks, small waterfalls, and a mix of hardwoods and pines. Fast becoming a favorite destination! Contoured trail that winds up and down the ridges and hollows of the headwaters of the Black Fork of the Middle River. Pines, oaks, hickory, sassafras, dogwood, and paw-paws surrounding spring-fed rock-bottomed brooks, a small waterfall, and a wetland that is home to the endangered Hines Emerald Dragonfly, along with spring wildflowers and the occasional deer, turkey, and hawk. Plus much more. While this section of trail has no commanding vistas, it's a great trip with plenty of small wonders, as you wind through the remote forests of the Eastern Ozarks.Show more
#5 - Bell Mountain Loop via Ozark Trail - Trace Creek Section
Bell Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 16.5 mi • Est. 7 h 52 m
#6 - Bell Mountain Wilderness, Southern Trace, and Entire Middle Fork
Bell Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 38.6 mi • Est. Multi-day
Start at North Bell Trailhead and continue south to the Bell Mountain summit. Then descend west to Ottery Creek. From there, travel north to Big River crossing at which point you will travel Southwest to Neals Creek. After Neals creek you travel south to Brushy Creek and the Highway J trailhead. The OTA website says this is a 3 to 5 day trip depending on fitness level. The first reliable water source is 8.5 miles into the trip when you reach Ottery Creek. After that, there are plenty of reliable water sources that you shouldn't have to carry too much water.Show more