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can't say anything about the trail since it was closed when we were there. Found out that it has been closed for almost a year now.

Really nice trail. Hilly terrain, some rocky parts. This is more like towards the moderate level. Not a struggle but it’s not flat and simple. Nice easy to follow loop trail with halfway shortcut. Beautiful biodiversity. Couple of spiderwebs at head height here during late September. Saw a HUGE spider hanging just right off the trail that my brother pushed me towards so he could get away haha. I didn’t use a hiking stick but my brother did and it is more useful on this trail. Pet friendly trail. Can’t wait to see it when the leaves change. Sad to see some vandalized trees, and I don’t like being able to hear cars from the trail. Also very close to backs of houses during some parts of the trail, which is kind of annoying but could be helpful if an emergency occurs.

This trail needs to be removed. Completely fenced off at one point (by the power line road) and nonexistent if you take the fork after back tracking. Luckily did not go straight at the entrance or we would have gone 2/3 of the way and been blocked. Beware..

This was a wonderfully marked trail. Our family enjoyed the all of the flora. Spray for ticks. Some in our crew were "attacked" while others had none. Highly recommend this trail!

wide diversity of flora + types of terrain. wouldn’t say it was a hard or difficult hike - perhaps moderate largely due a lot of vegetation or fallen trees coupled with narrow pathways at times. fairly quiet + unpeopled.

This is a great trail. It is a good practice trail for biking the Katy Trail, but this has more dips and hills than the Katy. Also, this has plenty of parking as well as stops around restaurants, play grounds, QuikTrip, and it is safe. You can ride as little as a mile or do the whole thing down and back for a 28 mile ride. One of the best in the area.


Great hike!!!

1 day ago

A super flat walking or cycling trail with zero challenge except a sun with little relief. The trail is fine and would be a great spot to test new gear but doesn’t present any real difficulty. Not much wildlife visible and often you’ll find yourself between crops on a clean paved path.

the caves are hard to find. the land its hard to traverse. for that reason this is idea hiking. beautiful scenery.

1 day ago

A nice trail that alternates between in the woods, and along grassy plains. A few hills, no water features.

1 day ago

Picked a very warm September afternoon to hike. It’s a good trail that is well marked. There were a few downed trees across the trail that we had to go around.

This was my third time hiking this trail over the past 3 years. This time I did the hike clockwise on a beautiful autumn-like Saturday in September.

One starts at the Stone Shelter as indicated in the driving directions. When facing the shelter from the parking lot, the trailhead is off to the left. However, there isn't any signage indicating the Cuivre River Short Loop.

So just follow the blue blazes of the Frenchman's Bluff trail to the crushed limestone of Cheatham Road. You cross the road and the trail then runs north and south, between the road and the bluff. Look for the red blazes for our trail which shares this part of the route along the bluff with the Frenchman's Bluff Trail.

Overall, the trail is mostly earthen without a lot of rocky patches. The entire route is shared by hikers and horseback riders. Today, I encountered four horseback riders, four hikers, two small herds of deer, and one wild turkey.

Generally, the trail is well blazed. But you will find there are quite a few overlapping trails and connector trails throughout the trail system. At two or three critical junctures, there weren't any Carbonite trail signs with arrows and I had to rely on the Alltrails GPS to make sure I was going in the correct direction.

I was super glad I brought trekking poles on this hike. I had read that the tick situation here was particularly bad this year so I did use Permethrin on my clothes and frankly didn't pick up any ticks nor attracted mosquitoes.

In my opinion, the trails in the park are at their best in the autumn when the numerous maples turn bright yellow. But the park has much to offer year round -- especially as it doesn't get big crowds from St. Louis even on a beautiful weekend (which makes it my favorite hiking park in the metro area). I might add that there are places for dispersed camping in the park's trail system.

My Alltrails GPS indicated a distance of 8.5 miles and a traveling time of 3 hours and 20 minutes. I would rate this trail moderate rather than easy, mostly due to the distance.

Nice trail. Marked well. Went on a Friday morning, saw several other hikers/runners. Beautiful view overlooking the Missouri River. Good workout. Enjoyed it a lot.

This is my favorite trail!!! Always clean. Everyone is so friendly. Almost everyone has their dogs there! Beautiful scenery, great spots for pictures!!!

The trail was nice, but very hard to find (not well marked). Lots of birds around the overlook though

Very good short trail with a good mix of hills and winding paths.

nice inclines, beautiful scenery!

one of my favorite places close to Nixa. Dogs love to splash in the creek after a short hike. I always go left at the bottom of the hill to the trails on that end, as to avoid hiking close to the gun range because my dogs get spooked..

2 days ago

great trail--ton of horse crap though. besides that only complaint was the gnats, but thats pretty common i guess.

3 days ago

This trail is one of my favorites. It's a pretty easy hike. Watch out for slippery rocks and you will get wet.

Nice & flat area with native plants in abundance in summer before the parks dept. mows them down. Abundant birds in summer months also.

4 days ago

The view at the top is worth this quick hike.

road biking
4 days ago

Definitely not worth the $50. We had to pay $10 per person to get into the park and then $15 per bike. The trails were paved and nicely maintained, but it was sights you can see on pretty much any Missouri trail system. Roaring river is not too far away and has cheaper fishing, more trails that are free, camping, and you don’t have to pay $4 per dog to enjoy the trails.

Hike from visitor center to boat dock is very flat and not scenic. But I love anything outside.

trail running
6 days ago

Lovely hilly (for running, not for hiking), shaded trail, though the southernmost miles take you onto a busy road before you get back on the trail. Just wish it had some water fountains!

Great trail, falls are only when it has been raining, but hike along the creek or down the middle if no water, you won’t be disappointed.

Easy trail, Easy to get to in Branson.

It was a beautiful trail, but poorly and confusingly marked. Even using the map here on Alltrails, somehow I wound up only going 2.3 miles. I suspect I missed a turn somewhere. More flashes, like in the state parks, would be helpful--

Definitely bring bug spray!!! Trail head said 2.5 miles but is about 5. Trail is nice, shaded for hot day and is very quiet. Just doesn’t have scenery besides woods. Would be better in fall

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