Wappapello Lake Section of The Ozark Trail

Mark Twain National Forest

Wayne County

News, Updates, & Warnings:
Open during hunting seasons so please use caution.

Sam A. Baker Trailhead & Campground:  From Farmington, take Hwy 67 south 42.7 miles to Hwy 34.  Turn west on Hwy 34 and go 3.7 miles to Hwy 143, then go 4.8 miles into the park. The day use area is on the left, and the equestrian campground is another 1.5 miles further (past the park office) on the right. Turn right onto the gravel road by the sign, and then take the first right into the campground.
Hwy 34 TH: From Fredericktown, Hwy 67 south 26.5 miles
to Hwy 34, turn west for 2.8 miles to TH on left.
Hwy FF TH: From Poplar Bluff, Hwy 67 north 27.7 miles to Hwy FF, turn west for 3.3 miles to FR29. Turn right to TH on left. This road is prone to flooding.
Hwy 67 TH: From Poplar Bluff, Hwy 67 north 26.5 miles to TH on right.
Hwy F TH: From Poplar Bluff, Hwy 67 north 23.9 miles to Hwy F, turn east for 1.1 miles to TH on right.
Hwy 172 TH: From Poplar Bluff, Hwy 67 north 15.8 miles to Hwy 172, turn east for 1.5 miles to TH on left.

GPS Co-ordinates:
Sam A. Baker: N37-26605, W-90.4995
Highway 34 TH (USACE): N37.19021, W-90.51199

Highway FF TH (USACE): N37.11705, W-90.46964
Highway 67 TH (USACE): N37.08693, W-90.46848
Highway F TH (USFS): N37.05702, W-90.46569
Highway 172 TH (USFS): N36.94014, W-90.43763

Trailer Parking:
Sam A. Baker TH & Campground:  Ample at both.
Hwy 34 TH, Hwy F TH, & Hwy FF TH:  Moderate.
Hwy 67 TH & Hwy 172 TH: Limited.

Year Round.

No day use fees.  Camping fees at Sam A Baker only.

Cart/Wagon Driving:
Not feasible.  Trail is too rugged and narrow.

Miles of Trails:
32 miles of linear trail, with additional riding in Sam A. Baker State Park, Lake Wappapello State Park, and University Forest.

Equestrian Camping:
Sam A. Baker State Park: Yes, in their Equestrian Campground
Hwy FF TH: Yes, but requires a free special use permit from the US Army Corp. of Engineers.
Hwy F: Yes
Hwy 172: Yes
Primitive disbursed camping along the trail on USFS land only, not on any of the US Army Corp. of Engineers Land.

Trail Notes:
Trail is marked mostly with the small green and white Ozark Trail symbols, however it’s also marked with white diamonds where it goes through USFS land.  The trail tread is single track and often rocky.  It can get very muddy in places in the spring rainy season.  There are hills to climb, road and highway crossings, deadfall, and creeks to negotiate.  This trail is prone to flooding so please call 877-LAKE-INFO before you leave to check conditions.

Colored Map

Other Trail Users:
Hikers, backpackers, mountain bike riders, and hunters.

Other Activities:
Hiking, camping, backpacking, mountain bike riding, and hunting.

Hwy FF Trailhead: Fire rings and highline posts.
Sam A. Baker:  Hitching rails, picnic tables, water, trash cans, and an outhouse at the campground.
Drinking Water: Available at Sam A. Baker.
Water for horses: Creeks.

Other Services:
Car care, groceries, & a restaurant: Poplar Bluff, about 10
miles southeast.
Tack and Feed: Orscheln Farm & Home
Poplar Bluff

Emergency Information:
Cell Phone Signal: Limited to none.
Wayne County Sheriff: 573-224-3219
Hospital: Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center
GPS: N36.75733, W-90.39721
Poplar Bluff
Veterinarian: Hicks Animal Hospital
Poplar Bluff


Volunteers Helping With This Page:
No one at this time, available to adopt.  If interested, please contact us.

Hwy 172 Trailhead sign.


Hwy 172 Trailhead.
Graveled Circle Drive with a few spots and open grass areas.


Hwy 172 Trailhead
Stout Hitching Rail


Hwy 172 Trailhead.
Small Boulder, great to use as a mounting block.
Various Trail Photos:







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