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Recommended Routes in Mark Twain National Forest - 3

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Favorite Council Bluffs Lake
Intermediate

Council Bluff to Brushy Creek Lodge

31.7 mi 51.0 km 3,018' Up 919.92 m Up 3,195' Down 973.96 m Down

Bismarck, MO
Favorite Runners
Intermediate/Difficult

Ozark Trail 100 Mile Endurance Run

102.6 mi 165.1 km 11,169' Up 3404.44 m Up 11,732' Down 3576.06 m Down

Centerv…, MO
Favorite Little Paddy Creek crossing on the north-south connector of the Big Piney Trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

Big Piney Loop Hike Via Cutoff

10.7 mi 17.2 km 1,019' Up 310.48 m Up 1,017' Down 310.06 m Down

Fort Le…, MO

Mark Twain National Forest Running

  • 834 Miles 1,343 Kilometers of Trail
  • 3 Recommended Routes
  • 26 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 102 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 2 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Mark Twain National Forest - 127

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48.8 mi 78.6 km #1Ozark Trail - Courtois Section
Intermediate/Difficult
Bourbon, MO
Intermediate/Difficult
Bourbon, MO
8.9 mi 14.3 km #2Ozark Trail: Marble Creek Section
Intermediate
Ironton, MO
Intermediate
Ironton, MO
16.1 mi 25.9 km #3Big Piney Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Fort Leonard Wood, MO
Intermediate/Difficult
Fort Leonard Wood, MO 17 
14.8 mi 23.8 km #4Ozark Trail: Courtois Section, Berryman Trail Loop East
Intermediate
Steelville, MO
Intermediate
Steelville, MO
29.6 mi 47.7 km #5Ozark Trail: Between the Rivers Section
Intermediate
Van Buren, MO
Intermediate
Van Buren, MO
24.1 mi 38.8 km #6Ozark Trail: Middlefork / John Roth Memorial Section
Intermediate
Centerville, MO
Intermediate
Centerville, MO
2.0 mi 3.3 km #7Big Piney Trail North-South Connector
Difficult
Licking, MO
Difficult
Licking, MO
8.8 mi 14.2 km #8172 Loop Trail
Intermediate
Greenville, MO
Intermediate
Greenville, MO
1.2 mi 1.9 km #9McLane Park Trail
Easy
Poplar Bluff, MO
Easy
Poplar Bluff, MO
5.4 mi 8.6 km #10Crooked Branch Trail
Intermediate
Poplar Bluff, MO
Intermediate
Poplar Bluff, MO

Photos of Mark Twain National Forest - 55

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The clear waters of Whites Creek in the Irish Wilderness, Mark Twain National Forest.
Jan 20, 2017 near Alton, MO
Little Paddy Creek crossing on the north-south connector of the Big Piney Trail.
Aug 13, 2016 near Licking, MO
Council Bluffs Lake
Mar 28, 2022 near Bismarck, MO
Winter along the trail.
Nov 10, 2021 near Greenville, MO
172 Loop Trail typical scenery -- big trees and rolling topography punctuated by creek bottoms.
Nov 10, 2021 near Greenville, MO
Pinewoods Lake from the trail.
Nov 9, 2021 near Van Buren, MO
Trail near the creek at Hendrickson Park
Oct 26, 2021 near Poplar…, MO
Hendrickson Trail in Hendrickson Park.
Oct 25, 2021 near Poplar…, MO