Castor River C. A. Trail

Missouri Dept of Conservation
573-290-5730

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


Location:
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.

Directions:
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:
Ample

Season:
Year-round

Fees:
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.

Maps:
Colored Map

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

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

Facilities:
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
                           573-238-2623

Emergency Information:
Cell Phone Signal:  Limited to none.
Bollinger County Sheriff:  573-238-2633
Hospital:  Madison Memorial Hospital
                 GPS: N37.55946, W-90.30247
                  Fredericktown
                  573-783-3341
Veterinarian:  Dr. Linus Huck, DVM
                       Jackson
                       573-243-8645

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

Photos:

Campground photos:



Various Trail Pictures:




Trail Leading to the Blue Hole & the Blue Hole.


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