Trace Creek Section
Introduction

Sometimes simple things are the best! While this section may not feature stunning vistas, waterfalls, fens or glades, it's still a pleasant walk in the woods, and simply delightful after a spring rain.

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Overview

This section is located in Washington and Iron counties and lies southwest of Potosi. The northern 18 miles of trail was constructed in 1968, with the last six miles added in 1983. To the north it connects with the Courtois section, to the south the Taum Sauk section, and in between is the Middle Fork-John Roth Memorial section. The Trace Creek section is open to foot, bike and equestrian traffic. A spur trail can be found near the section's midpoint that leads to the 12-mile Council Bluff loop trail.

Current Trail Conditions

As of 10/23/2015, the condition is:
Open. Seasonal Growth.

The northern Trace Creek section of trail (north of 32) is in very good shape for a hike/ride. You can extend your hike or bike ride by connecting into the Council Bluff Loop at Telleck Branch. There is a tree down here and there south Hwy C, but mostly clear.  

Council Bluff Lake loop is all clear and it is in almost perfect condition.

Watch for a few trees down south of the Middle Fork connector before Hwy 32.

South of Highway 32 to A -  This section is mostly tree free except for a few between Panther Branch and Peter Cave Hollow (mi 20-22), and in pretty good shape. Signage should be pretty good, but wath out for a few root balls and holes still left over from the derecho a few years back. Expect some seasonal growth and a few trees down, but this section has some very dedicated adopters, so it should not be a problem.

There is a little illegal ATV activity in the Hazel Creek area, so watch for the OT signs.

Trail Statistics


Hiking

Biking

Equestrian
Distance:26 miles
Difficulty:Moderate
Camping:

Campgrounds: Hazel Creek. Primitive camping is allowed in the Mark Twain forest (100' from trail)

Total Ascent:1027' N-to-S; 1081' S-to-N (refers to total gain of all climbs on trail)
Topo Quads:Courtois, Palmer, Johnson Mountain
Restrictions:

none

Trailheads and Directions
Hazel Creek Campground
From Potosi, MO...
Starting at MO-8 / MO-21, head west on MO-8 .2 mi.
Turn left on MO-P and follow for 14.1 mi.
Turn right on MO-C and follow for 4.1 mi.
Turn right on MO-Z and follow for 2.1 mi. Continue on past the Palmer Cemetery another .9 mi.
Turn left and continue .2 mi to the trailhead and campground.

From Steelville, MO...
Head east on MO-8 for 15.4 mi.
Turn right at MO-Y and follow for 7.8 mi.
Turn left on CR-657 / Brazil Rd. and follow for 5.4 mi.Turn right and continue .2 mi to the trailhead and campground.

From Bixby, MO...
Head north on MO-49 4.7 mi.
Turn right at MO-Y and follow for 4.6 mi.
Turn right on MO-C / MO-Y and follow for .2 mi.
Turn left on MO-Y and follow for 5.3 mi
Turn right on CR-657 / Brazil Rd. and follow for 5.4 mi.Turn right and continue .2 mi to the trailhead and campground.

From Ironton, MO...
Head northwest on MO-21 for 3.6 mi.
Turn left to stay on MO-21 and continue for 11.9 mi.
Turn left at MO-C and follow for 11.8 mi.
Turn right on MO-Z and follow for 2.1 mi. Continue on past the Palmer Cemetery another .9 mi.
Turn left and continue .2 mi to the trailhead and campground.

DD North Lot
From Bixby, MO...
Head east on MO-32 10.5 mi.
Turn left on MO-DD, follow for 2.7 mi.
Trailhead is on your left.

From Caledonia, MO...
Head north on MO-21 for 1.0 mi.
Turn left at MO-C and continue for 7.7 mi.
Turn left to stay on MO-C and follow for 0.3 mi.
Turn left at MO-DD, follow for 2.7 mi.
Trailhead is on your left.

From Lesterville, MO...
Head west on MO-21 for 3.7 mi.
Take a slight right at MO-49 and continue 19.3 mi.
Turn right at MO-32 and continue for 5.1 mi.
Turn left at MO-DD, follow for 2.7 mi.
Trailhead is on your left.

From Ironton, MO...
Head northwest on MO-21 for 3.6 mi.
Turn left to stay on MO-21 and follow for 6.8 mi.
Turn left at MO-32 and continue for 14.4 mi.
Turn right at MO-DD, follow for 2.7 mi.
Trailhead is on your left.

Council Bluff Trailhead

From Bixby, MO...
Head east on MO-32 10.5 mi.
Turn left on MO-DD 3.5 mi.
Park entrance on right.
Follow park road for 1/4 mi take first left.
Follow for 1/4 mi. Take first right.
Follow for 1/4 mi to boat ramp parking lot.
Trail entrance is to right of boat dock.

From Caledonia, MO...
Head north on MO-21 for 1.0 mi.
Turn left at MO-C and continue for 7.7 mi.
Turn left to stay on MO-C and follow for 0.3 mi.
Turn left at MO-DD, follow for 6.4 mi.
Park entrance on right.
Follow park road for 1/4 mi take first left.
Follow for 1/4 mi. take first right.
Follow for 1/4 mi to boat ramp parking lot
Trail entrance is to right of boat dock.

From Lesterville, MO...
Head west on MO-21 for 3.7 mi.
Take a slight right at MO-49 and continue 19.3 mi.
Turn left at MO-DD and follow for 3.5 mi.
Park entrance on right.
Follow park road for 1/4 mi take first left.
Follow for 1/4 mi. take first right.
Follow for 1/4 mi to boat ramp parking lot
Trail entrance is to right of boat dock.

From Ironton, MO...
Head northwest on MO-21 for 3.6 mi.
Turn left to stay on MO-21 and follow for 6.8 mi.
Turn left at MO-32 and continue for 14.4 mi.
Turn right at MO-DD and follow for 3.5 mi.
Follow park road for 1/4 mi take first left.
Follow for 1/4 mi. take first right.
Follow for 1/4 mi to boat ramp parking lot
Trail entrance is to right of boat dock.

Hwy DD / 32 Trailhead

From Bixby, MO...
Head east on MO-32 10.5 mi.
Turn left on MO-DD
The trailhead is 280 ft from MO-32/MO-DD intersection.

From Caledonia, MO...
Head south on MO-21 for 4.1 mi.
Turn right at MO-32 and follow for 14.4 mi.
Turn right at MO-DD trail head 280 ft from MO-32/MO-DD intersection.

From Lesterville, MO...
Head west on MO-21 for 3.7 mi.
Take a slight right at MO-49 and continue 19.3 mi.
Turn right at MO-32 and continue for 5.1 mi.
Turn left at MO-DD Trailhead is 280 ft MO-32/MO-DD intersection.

From Ironton, MO...
Head northwest on MO-21 for 3.6 mi.
Turn left to stay on MO-21 and continue for 6.8 mi.
Turn left at MO-32 and follow for 14.4 mi.
Turn right at MO-DD Trailhead is 280 ft MO-32/MO-DD intersection.

Enough Parking
From Bixby, MO...
Head east on MO-32 16.2 mi.
Turn left on Enough Rd. and follow for 1.1 mi to Enough boat launch and parking.

From Caledonia, MO...
Head south on MO-21 for 4.1 mi.
Turn right at MO-32 and follow for 8.9 mi.
Turn right on Enough Rd. and follow for 1.1 mi to Enough boat launch and parking.

From Lesterville, MO...
Head west on MO-21 for 3.7 mi.
Take a slight right at MO-49 and continue 9.5 mi.
Turn right at MO-A and continue for 8.4 mi.
Turn left at MO-32 and continue for 1.7 mi.
Turn right on Enough Rd. and follow for 1.1 mi to Enough boat launch and parking.

From Ironton, MO...
Head northwest on MO-21 for 3.6 mi.
Turn left to stay on MO-21 and continue for 6.8 mi.
Turn left at MO-32 and follow for 8.9 mi.
Turn right on Enough Rd. and follow for 1.1 mi to Enough boat launch and parking.

Highway A Trailhead
From Bixby, MO...
Head east on MO-32 for 5.4 mi.
Trun right at MO-49 and follow for 9.8 mi.
Turn left at MO-A follow for 3.0 mi.

From Caledonia, MO...
Head south on MO-21 for 4.1 mi.
Turn right at MO-32 and continue for 7.2 mi.
Turn left at MO-A and follow for 5.4 mi.

From Lesterville, MO...
Head west on MO-21 for 3.7 mi.
Take a slight right at MO-49 and continue 9.5 mi.
Turn right at MO-A and continue for 3.0 mi.

From Ironton, MO...
Head northwest on MO-21 for 3.6 mi.
Turn left to stay on MO-21 and continue for 6.8 mi.
Turn left at MO-32 and follow for 7.2 mi.
Turn left at MO-A and continue for 5.4 mi.

North Bell Trailhead
From Bixby, MO...
Head east on MO-32 17.7 mi.
Turn right at MO-A and follow for 0.5 mi.
Turn left at CC Rd and continue for 1.8 mi.

From Caledonia, MO...
Head south on MO-21 for 4.1 mi.
Turn right at MO-32 and follow for 7.2mi.
Turn left at MO-A and follow for 0.5 mi.
Turn left at CC Rd and follow for 1.8 mi.

From Lesterville, MO...
Head west on MO-21 for 3.7 mi.
Take a slight right at MO-49 and continue 9.5 mi.
Turn right at MO-A and follow for 7.9 mi.
Turn right at CC Rd and continue for 1.8 mi.

From Ironton, MO...
Head northwest on MO-21 for 3.6 mi.
Turn left to stay on MO-21 and continue for 6.8 mi.
Turn left at MO-32 and follow for 7.2 mi.
Turn left at MO-A and follow for 0.5 mi.
Turn left at CC Rd and continue for 1.8 mi.
Turn left at MO-P the trailhead is 160 feet from MO-72 and MO-P intersection.

Maps
Trace Creek 1
Miles 0 to 9

Trace Creek 2
Miles 10 to 20

Trace Creek 3
Miles 19 to 26

Photos
Flowers along the trail

Trace Creek near Highway A

Summer on the Middle Fork

Trace Creek in the Fall

Trace Creek in the Fall

The Beavers have been Busy near Council Bluff

Chimney - Trace Creek Section

Watch Out for Snakes

Coral Fungus

Directional Sign along Trace Creek Section

Directional Sign along Trace Creek Section

Goats Beard Flower

Golden Rod

Hike on the Trace Creek Section

Horse Mint Flower

Maple Leaf in the Water

Moss-covered Tree

Partridge Pea

Road Crossing along the Trace Creek Section

Sassafras

Shelf Mushrooms

Snail

Stepping Stones

Trace Creek

Trace Creek Section

Trace Creek Section

Wild Oat

Contacts
US Forest Service
Mark Twain National Forest
Potosi District

Potosi District Office
Hwy 8 West
Potosi, MO 63664
(573) 438-5427