Near Winona, the Between The Rivers Trail is a 30 mile route open to horseback riding. This segment of the Ozark Trail begins at the trailhead on Hwy 60 south of Van Buren, MO.
Heading south from the Hwy 60 trailhead, the first mile is easy hiking, mostly level with gentle slopes. Second mile is mostly uphill, and the next 4.5 miles is a variety of ridges and hollow bottoms.
The horseback riding trails northern entry point is on Highway 60, west of Van Buren, from there the trail heads southwest to Forest Road #3152 near Hurricane Creek. The trail leads generally south for the first 13 miles winding through numerous small tributaries that feed the Current River. >From Big Barren Creek, the trail heads west along the north prong of Cedar Bluff Creek. The trail climbs gently out of Cedar Bluff Creek drainage and crosses a major ridge that divides the Current River watershed and the Eleven Point River watershed. The last 8.5 miles of the trail proceed generally southwest following Gold Mine Hollow, the ridge above Kelly Hollow, and Fox Hollow before ending on Forest Service Road #3152 above Hurricane Creek. The trail is open to hiking, mountain bike and equestrian use.
To reach the Sinking Creek Lookout Tower parking from the intersection of US 60 and James St. in Van Buren, go south-west on US 60 for 10 miles. Turn left on Hwy. J and travel 9 miles. Take a right on FR 3152 and park at the Sinking Creek Lookout Tower.
To reach the northern trailhead from Van Buren, go west on US 60 for 4 miles. The trail starts from here, look for signs.
Overall, Between The Rivers Horse Trail is the 8th most popular horse trail of all 19 horseback rides in Missouri.