The trail head lot has recently had new surface gravel added, so the locals have started to have their bonfires off in the grass. They still use pallets which means a lot of nails left behind. You want to make sure and stay on the gravel now, do not park off to the side in the grass. Open during hunting seasons.
Changes To Book Information:
Veterinarian: Animal Health Center
From Rolla, take I-44 west to the Doolittle Hwy T Exit. Drive south, passing Doolittle and coming into Newburg. (Newburg Police strictly enforce speed limits.) The street turns into Main and at the end, the road curves sharply left and the name changes to East Main. Go 1 block, the road curves sharply to the right and the name changes to Water Street. Cross over the railroad tracks and the Piney River. After a very short distance of a mile the road turns into Hwy T and you come to Hwy P. Turn right at Hwy P and go to County Road 7550, turn left. There is a Mark Twain sign here. Drive to county road 1576 and turn left again, just past the Mill Creek Recreation Area. Cross bridge, drive 1.1 miles and turn right into the parking lot, which looks like a road and isn’t marked.
Miles of trails:
20+ miles in multiple loops
Yes, at the trailhead parking lot and primitive dispersed camping along the trail.
This trail is sparsely marked with white diamonds. Each trail is somewhat different. Some are very rocky, other trails are sandy, one is like going through a pine forest. Horse shoes or good fitting hoof boots are recommended.
Other Trail Users:
Hikers, mountain bike riders, and hunters.
Volunteers Helping With This Page:
|Ample Trailhead Parking Lot|
|The Natural Bridge|
|Part of Squirrel Trail|
|Yes, there is wildlife to see|
|Cool & shady trails on hot days|
|Refreshing water elements, ponds, & creeks, to enjoy on hot days|
The trails aling the bottoms can get quiet overgrown in the summer, and very ticky as well. The best time to ride here is spring and fall.
This trail has been a great trail for me for several years. There are truly several trails and you can ride a different route many times. My favorite parts of the trail are through the pines and the lower part of the trail because you can go at a fast pace if you want. There is also a big spring fed pond with a place to stop for a picnic or rest if you want to.