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Day Hiking

F Highway Loop Trail

  • Distance: 6.2 miles

  • Skill level: intermediate

  • Time: 2 to 3 hours

  • Map: Page 3 of Ozark Trail Association Map 

  • Description: starting at the Mark Twain National Forest’s F Highway Trailhead, the Ozark Trail forks here on the north side of F Highway. Take either direction and hike north for 3 miles or so, then look for Ozark Trail reassurance markers on trees and follow the other arm of the trail southbound back to the trailhead. Expect some steep climbs and descents. Unique features include a small step waterfall, pond and scenic hardwood forest.

Wolf Creek Trail in February with Snow.j

Wolf Creek Long North Loop

  • Distance: 6.3 miles

  • Skill level: beginner

  • Time: 2 to 3 hours

  • Map: AllTrails map

  • Description: begin at the Wolf Creek North Trailhead off Country Road 429, about 2 miles north of Poplar Bluff. Take the Wolf Creek Trail on the southwest bound and hike to the second trail intersection. Take Cane Creek Trail there eastbound and follow it to where it joins the Wolf Creek Trail again on the east side of the trail system. Head north and follow the same trail until you cross County Road 429 near the North Trailhead.

Eagle Bluff Trail

  • Distance: 2 miles

  • Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes

  • Skill level: intermediate

  • Map: Hiking Project map

  • Description: starting in the Markham Springs Recreation Area, use a map to find the trail’s terminus just west of the historic Fuchs House. Take the old concrete stair upslope. At a trail junction atop a few switchbacks, go right and head west on the high bank. Follow the trail to Eagle Bluff and enjoy sweeping views of the Black River valley below. The trail winds down the bluff and parallels the Black River until it connects to the electric campground loop. Keep heading east and look for a sign where the trail picks up past the bathrooms and shower house to end at the Fuchs House and spring complex.

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