John Alva Fuson Conservation Area Trail

Missouri Dept. of Conservation

Wright County

News, Updates, & Warnings:
Riding is allowed here by permit only.  Permits are free and last for 3 years.
Call number above for more information.
Hunting is allowed here, so please use caution.

From Rolla, take I-44 west to Lebanon.  In Lebanon, take Hwy 5 south Smittle Cave Road, turn west.  Follow Smittle Cave Road into the area.

GPS Co-ordinates:

Trailer Parking:
Moderate at the first trailhead.
Limited at the second trailhead


No Day Use Fees.

Equestrian Camping:
Researching now….

Cart/Wagon Driving:
Not allowed.

Other Activities:
Hiking, camping, and hunting.
Mountain bike riding is also allowed, but also only with a special use permit.

Two picnic tables, lamp posts, and one fire ring.
Drinking Water: None Available.
Water for horses: Creeks and ponds.

Other Services:
Car Care, groceries, & a restaurant:  Lebanon,   miles northeast.
Tack and Feed:  MFA Agri Services

Emergency Information:
Cell Phone Signal: Limited to none.
Wright County Sheriff:
Hospital:  St. John’s Hospital – Lebanon
                 GPS: N37.68121, W-92.63571

Veterinarian:  Howerton Animal Hospital

Trail Notes:
There is an aprox. 7 mile loop, plus about 2 miles of linear paths going to and from the loop.
This trail consists of wide mowed paths and old logging roads.  The paths are wide enough to ride two horses side by side.  The terrain is gently rolling, with little downfall, and not really rocky.  Almost the whole thing is through forest, but there are a couple of open areas to go through which are grassland or glade.  There are 3 caves, but none of them are currently open due to the fungus that causes White-nose Syndrome in bats.

Trail Map:
Colored Map

Volunteers Helping With This Page:
Pia Cheek

Trailhead and Parking Lot Photos:

Entrance to trail.
First parking lot as you come into the area.  Best for horse trailers.
Trailhead Lot by Little Smitty Cave.  Smaller and laid out differently, but a couple or 3 trailers could fit here.
The trail starts from this lot.

Various Trail Photos:

All of the following photos are courtesy Pia Cheek.

Scenery Pictures:

Smitty Cave

Water encountered along the trail:

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