Gans Creek Wildlife Area
Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources
News, Updates, & Warnings:
Horseback riding is permitted only from July 1 to Oct. 31 and only when trails are dry.
Call 1-573-442-2249 to check to see if it’s open.
Shooting Star Trailhead: From Columbia take Hwy 63 south to Hwy 163, turn west. Follow Hwy 163 to Bonne Femme Church Road, turn west and drive to the trailhead.
There are 2 other trailheads, see our book for directions to those.
Miles of Trails:
8.5 mile multiple loop.
At the Gan’s Creek Trailhead, there is a wooden bridge that has limited access so that’s not the best trailhead to start from. The terrain can be steep and rocky, there are water crossings and downfall to negotiate, but you will be rewarded with beautiful vistas to enjoy.
Other Trail Users:
Hikers and bike riders.
Volunteers Helping With This Page:
No one at this time, available to adopt. If interested, please contact us.