University Forest C. A. Trail

Missouri Dept. of Conservation
573-290-5730

Location:
Wayne & Butler Counties










News, Updates, or Warnings:
Open to hunters during hunting seasons.

Directions:
North Trailhead: From Poplar Bluff, take Hwy 67 north about 14 miles to Hwy 172, turn east.  Follow Hwy 172 for 4.3 miles to Hwy W, turn south.  Drive 1.7 miles on Hwy W to County Road 506, turn east.  Follow road to parking area, about 0.4 of a mile.
South Trailhead: Can be found by going south on Hwy W for 0.8 miles further past County Road 504 to Hwy KK, turn east on Hwy KK and follow 0.8 of a mile to the trailhead parking lot on the side of the road.

GPS Co-ordinates:
North Trailhead: N36.91901, W-90.39689
South Trailhead:  N36.90012, W-90.38292

Trailer Parking:
North Trailhead: Moderate
South Trailhead: Moderate

Season:
Year-round

Fees:
No day use fees.

Equestrian Camping:
Not allowed.

Cart/Wagon Driving:
Not allowed on trails and there are gates blocking them off.
Allowed on roads open to vehicular traffic, but there really isn’t a lot of that available.

Miles of Trails:
19 mile loop.

Trail Notes:
This trail is well marked with gray diamonds and yellow blazes that is easy to follow.  Most of it that we saw was two track that is overgrown and weedy.    A small part of the main trail is gravel road riding.  There are steep hills and rocky terrain to negotiate, as well as some creeks, low water crossings, a bridge, and pavement to cross.  This trail connects to the trail system at Lake Wappapello State Park and also to the Wappapello Lake Section of the Ozark Trail.  Over the last 5 years, many miles that were previously classed as trails are now classed as gravel roads.

Maps:
Colored Map

Other Trail Users:
Hikers and hunters.

Other Activities:
Hiking, hunting, and non-equestrian camping.

Facilities:
North trailhead has a couple rickety hitch rails.  South trailhead has a couple picnic tables and hitch rails.  The hitch rails are small and not very sturdy, I wouldn’t tie to them unless your horse stands tied quietly and with patience.
Drinking Water:  None Available
Water For the Horses:  Creeks.

Other Services:
Car Care, Groceries, & Restaurants: Poplar Bluff, about 17 mouths south.
Tack and Feed:  Orscheln Farm & Home
Poplar Bluff
573-778-1200

Emergency Information:
Cell Phone Signal:  Limited to none.
Butler County Sheriff:  573-785-8444
Wayne County Sheriff:  573-224-3219Hospital:  Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center
                 GPS: N36.75733, W-90.39721
                  Poplar Bluff
                  573-686-4111
Veterinarian:  Hicks Animal Hospital
                       Poplar Bluff
                       573-686-1281

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

Photos:

 

Trailheads:

North Trailhead Lot
South Trailhead Lot:
Various Trail Pictures:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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