Explore the most popular birding trails near Cassville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
5 days ago

There is a lot to like about this trail...elevation, distance, scenery...But I was a little disappointed in the fire tower providing zero view and having to cross the highway twice. Enjoyed the finish along the river.

hiking
11 days ago

just a walk upstairs to other trails not a true hike. But a great outlook to see the hatchery from above if that is what you are interested in.

hiking
16 days ago

It took us over an hour to find the trail head. It’s off the side of the highway basically in the middle of nowhere. To get there you have to walk along the highway which is incredibly hilly/curvy and cars, trucks and trailers are flying by going 40+. We didn’t even walk much of the trail because it was too hot and we didn’t have enough water for 2 people and 4 dogs. As usual in MO, the water is a crystal teal and beautiful but this park was SWAMPED. The wading area was full of screaming kids throwing rocks at one another and the fishing areas were packed. I had no idea this was a giant trout hatchery and so that was a little disappointing. I’m more of a let the dogs off leash and see 0 people on the trails kind of person. The drive for me was 3.5 hours and I would never come back. It was a beautiful park but not for activities I enjoy.

hiking
18 days ago

Nice hike, only took a little over two hours at a mild pace taking pictures along the way.

Don't access at Hatchery, steep climb, use another.

hiking
21 days ago

Great hike. I wished it got closer to the river sooner, but all in all a good trail. tIt took us about 2 hours at a moderate pace. Good incline for the first half mile or so, then it eases up.

As of 3-24-18 the trail is closed for maintenance

hiking
2 months ago

Short trail but nice overlook to the hatchery. This trail does split off to the Fire Tower Trail so did them both.

hiking
2 months ago

Longer trail with a steep climb early on making you earn it. What goes up must go down so after the tower you get the decline and after that it levels out. Little bit of everything on this trail.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail has everything. A view of the spring with its clear turquoise water. Then a steep climb through woods to fire tower. Then great views of cliffs and benches. Then a bit along the river. It really is a trail that covers everyone

As of 12/18/17 trail is closed for maintenance.

backpacking
6 months ago

Very enjoyable trail. Fairly easy with some great rock formations on the lower side. Ran int a couple of roaring river employees before I started they were very helpful and informative.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice Hike

hiking
6 months ago

Nice hike

hiking
6 months ago

Decent hike, nothing special

hiking
6 months ago

Nice trail! near the end of the trail there is a nice mountain view....and the last mile or so was along the waters of roaring river.

Beautiful! Colors are just turning. I'd go back again. It's steep up either side.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail with a lot to see. Just stop and look if you're new to the trail. Lots of roots and rocks just waiting to trip up a newbie. Difference in trail length might be due to the walk back through the campground. Leaves are beautiful right now. Fun hike with a few challenging areas.

8 months ago

Beautiful trail. A nice short trail that is very scenic. Many bluffs surround the trail that make for great pictures. Would like to do it again when the leaves are off the trees.

hiking
8 months ago

great trail! pretty scenic! fairly challenging terrain at times. perfect distance hike!

Good trail! very short though. nice scenery of the trout hatchery below!

on Deer Leap Trail

9 months ago

Great trail with kids. Great view.

Nice hike but be careful on down slope. Can get tricky. No major views in early September when I hiked but good wooded hike. Enjoy.

Great hike. A bit slipping with Pepe's at spots. In the winter the view from the fire tower might be good, but even so, a hike I would do again. Great late summer wild flowers at spots.

Beautiful hike! We enjoyed the different elevation and views. Will definitely go again.

10 months ago

Fairly steep. This is a there and back trail.

It was a nice hike

hiking
11 months ago

loved that the fire tower is there to climb really nice hike

hiking
Friday, June 02, 2017

A short trail up by the hatchery. Nice view from the top.

hiking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

Wonderful hike! great elevation, beautiful flowers, little cave like overhangs....beautiful!

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