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Best trails in Van Buren

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Looking for a great trail near Van Buren, Missouri? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, river 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 in Round Spring, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Ozark National Scenic Riverway or Lon Sanders Conservation Area. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 2 easy trails in Van Buren ranging from 0.6 to 1.8 miles and from 442 to 797 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 Van Buren
Top trails (5)
#1 - The Ozark Trail: Between the Rivers Section
Van Buren, Missouri
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Length: 28.1 mi • Est. Multi-day
From the Current River to the Eleven Point River: this section bridges the gap, but touches neither (Between the Rivers). Water planning is important on this section.Show more
#2 - The Ozark Trail: Current River Section
Ozark National Scenic Riverway
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Length: 26.4 mi • Est. Multi-day
Although this section begins at the Current River, it quickly turns off toward Stegall Mountain. Some believe it is the most scenic trail in Missouri. The trail begins by crossing to the west bank of the Current River on the Highway 106 bridge. It then heads south, generally paralleling the river for approximately two miles. From that point it proceeds up Indian Creek, crosses a saddle on the south end of Barnett Mountain, and descends to Rocky Creek. The trail passes a beautiful shut-ins area between Buzzard Mountain and Mill Mountain before heading for Stegall Mountain. Glades atop Stegall Mountain allow expansive and unrestricted views of the Ozark landscape. From Stegall Mountain the trail heads southeast through Peck Ranch Wildlife Area toward Highway 60. Spring maintenance including sawing, lopping, and leaf blowing has left this section in great shape! Make sure you have a good map and compass or gps between Stegall and Peck Ranch as the MDC burn area can be difficult to follow if you are not familiar with this section. There will be seasonal growth in the bottomland areas of the trail, but the corridor should be generally free of downfall. If you enjoy hiking/backpacking in the summer, this is a good destination. It has a lot of good swimming holes to cool down from the heat. Just remember that you'll encounter an occasional weedy patch with all the rain this area has received. Show more
#3 - Big Spring Campground
Big Spring National Park Area
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 1 h
Big Spring Campground are full service for fee facilities located at the largest spring in the United States. Miles of trail to explore. The name says it all. Big Spring is indeed a big spring and the biggest in Missouri in terms of average daily discharge with some 276 million gallons of cool spring water (58 degrees Fahrenheit) flowing from it each day. This is one of the largest springs in the world. A dye-trace study has showed that dye introduced into a losing stream 39.5 miles away (near Mountain View) was detected at Big Spring 16 days later.Show more
#4 - Spring Branch Trail
Ozark National Scenic Riverway
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 19 m
#5 - Ozark Trail: Between the Rivers to Big Spring Spur
Big Spring National Park Area
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Length: 6.9 mi • Est. 3 h 24 m