Near Willow Springs, the 38 mile Ridge Runner Trail consists of two hiking loops combining rolling trail and abandoned forest roads. Spring-time is spectacular with beautiful wildfloweres. The route is shared by hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians.
From Willow Springs, MO, take Hwy 76 west 12 miles to Hwy 181. Take Hwy 181 south to Hwy AP; go south on AP for 3 miles to the Noblett Lake Recreation. The northern trailhead of the Ridge Runner Trail begins near Sugar Hill Campground. The trail goes around the campground, through Clearwater Picnic Area, and around Noblett Lake in a 9-mile loop. The main trail then heads south 23 miles to North Fork Recreation Area.
Overall, Ridge Runner Trail is the 17th most popular hiking trail of all 21 hikes in Missouri.