Devils Backbone Trail Horseback Riding

The 9th most popular equestrian trail in Missouri.

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Southeast of Springfield and west of West Plains, the Devils Backbone Wilderness Trail is an 11 mile route open to horseback riding. Collins Ridge is the southern trailhead. Note: Collins Ridge to McGarr Ridge is part of the Ozark Trail.

From West Plains, MO, go 10 miles west on Hwy K, then 4 miles on Hwy KK, turn onto dirt County Road for about 1.5 miles.

Overall, Devils Backbone Trail is the 9th most popular horse trail of all 19 horseback rides in Missouri. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Devils Backbone Trail including Piney Creek Trail, Cedar Creek Trail, Hercules Glade Trail, Big Piney Trail, Cole Creek Trail and Swan Creek TrailBlue Ridge Trail.

Devils Backbone Trail Horseback Riding Map



Local Contact(s):  Mark Twain National Forest (417) 469-3155; MO Tourism (800) 877-1234; MO Horse Council (800) 313-3327; MO Backcountry Horsemen (417) 935-4918.

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  North Fork Campground; Wilderness Lodge Resort, Lesterville (888) 969-9129

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

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  36.7197, -92.1504

Date Published:  1/5/2016

Date Updated:  4/1/2018

ID:  15404

Devils Backbone Trail Horseback Riding Map


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