Castor River C. A. Trail

Missouri Dept of Conservation

Yes, there is a shooting range here, about a half mile past the camping area.

Bollinger County





News, Updates, or Warnings:
Open to hunters during hunting seasons.
There is a shooting range closeby, so make sure your horses are used to the sound of gunfire.

From Cape Girardeau, take Hwy 72 northwest to Hwy 34.  Turn west on Hwy 34 and travel about 34 miles to Hwy Y.  Turn south on Hwy Y and follow 5 miles to County Road 708.  Turn east for 0.4 of a mile to the equestrian trailhead parking lot and campground on the right.

GPS Co-ordinates:
Equestrian Campground: N37.18401, W-90.15573

Trailer Parking:


No day use or camping fees.

Equestrian Camping:
Yes, allowed in the designated campgrounds.
Primitive sites: 12
Electric sites: 0

Cart/Wagon Driving:
You could drive on the gravel roads in the area but it’s not allowed and not feasible on the trail.

Miles of Trails:
19.5 mile loop.

Trail Notes:
This multi-use trail is moderately difficult with some rocky areas, steep hills, bluffs, creeks, and deadfall to negotiate.  It’s a beautiful area to ride in.  Horses are not allowed in Blue Pond Nature Area, but you can tie your horse up and walk in to see the shut-in area.

Colored Map

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

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

Hitching rails, highlines, parking pads, picnic tables, rock fire rings, lantern hooks, and a brand new double privy (10/5/2016) at the campground.
Drinking Water:  None Available
Water For the Horses:  Creeks and ponds along the trail but none in the campground.

Other Services:
Car Care, Groceries, & Restaurants: Marble Hill, about 17 miles east.
Tack and Feed:  Bollinger County Co-op
                           Marble Hill

Emergency Information:
Cell Phone Signal:  Limited to none.
Bollinger County Sheriff:  573-238-2633
Hospital:  Madison Memorial Hospital
                 GPS: N37.55946, W-90.30247
Veterinarian:  Dr. Linus Huck, DVM

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


Campground photos:

Various Trail Pictures:

Trail Leading to the Blue Hole & the Blue Hole.

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