Big Piney Trail Horseback Riding

The MOST popular equestrian 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 horseback riders. Big Piney Trail covers a variety of Ozark terrain in Paddy Creek Wilderness. The 17-mile loop trail can be treked as a 10-mile stretch (north section) or the 7.5-mile south section. The horse trails are rugged and can be challenging for the inexperienced or unprepared rider.

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 1st most popular horse trail of all 18 horseback rides in Missouri. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Big Piney Trail including Hercules Glade Trail, Cedar Creek Trail, Kaintuck Hollow Trail, Ozark Trail, Swan Creek Trail and Blue Ridge Trail.


Local Contact(s):  Mark Twain National Forest (417) 967-4194; MO Tourism (800) 877-1234; MO Horse Council (800) 313-3327; MO Backcountry Horsemen (417) 935-4918.

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

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Article Source:   Best Big Piney Trail Horseback Riding Review

GPS:  37.5243, -92.1189

Date Published:  1/3/2016

Date Updated:  10/2/2018

ID:  15423

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