Hiking The Big Piney Trail

The 5th most popular hiking trail in Missouri.

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Southwest of St Louis and south of Waynesville, the Big Piney Trail is a 17 mile route open to hikers. Big Piney Trail covers a variety of Ozark terrain in Paddy Creek Wilderness. The17-mile loop trail can be treked as a 10-mile stretch (north section) or the 7.5-mile south section. The trails are rugged and can be challenging for the inexperienced or unprepared.

From Roby, MO take Hwy 17 north 1 mile; turn right on gravel Forest Road 274, and go about .6 miles to Roby Lake Recreation Area.

From Licking, MO, take Hwy 32 west

4 miles to Hwy N; go 2 miles to Hwy AF, then 7 miles to

Big Piney Trail Camp.

From Roby, MO take Hwy 17 north 2 miles; turn east on Slabtown Road for 5.5 mi. This camp was designed for equestrian use to reduce impacts on other camping areas. Four sites, with picnic tables, fire ring.Hitching posts and toilet are provided.

Overall, Big Piney Trail is the 5th most popular hiking trail of all 21 hikes in Missouri. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Big Piney Trail including Ozark Trail - Taum Sauk Section, Berryman Trail, Kaintuck Hollow Trail, Whites Creek Trail, Blue Ridge Trail and Eleven Point River TrailBetween The Rivers Trail.

Big Piney Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Mark Twain National Forest (417) 967-4194; MO Tourism (800) 877-1234.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Missouri" from Kevin Lohraff

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  Big Piney Trail Camp; Berryman Campground; Brazil Creek Rec Area.

Luxury Loding:  Mountain Log Cabin Lookout; Eagles Nest Lodge; The Chalet

Reference Source:  click here https://www.fs.usda.gov/mtnf

GPS:  37.5243, -92.1189

Date Published:  12/31/2015

Date Updated:  3/31/2018

ID:  15424

Big Piney Trail Hiking Map


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