Mountain Bike! Ozarks
by Steve Henry (Menasha Ridge Press)
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This is a great trail. There is a section on fossil flats that isn't shown on the website called Racer's Hill. I highly recommend that you take this. It has a bit of a climb at the beginning but the rest of it is amazing.
The trails at Devil's Den are an easy hike, but leave the trails a bit and there are plenty of steep hillsides and rocky ledges to explore. The caves and crevasses were fun and not very difficult. Yellow Rock Trail had a beautiful view over the canyon.
I'm not exactly sure what trails the previous reviewers are talking about, but to me, Devil's Den has a tremendous variety for hikers of all experience levels. I've done the Butterfield Hiking Loop twice - a 15-mile loop that takes you around some of the more scenic aspects of the park and the nearby national forest. It's a great little hike, especially for newcomers to backcountry camping. Several nice vistas, a few limited water crossings, a neat little climb through a dry waterfall, some established campsites near two creeks, and some really great outcroppings of rock are the highlights, and it can be done with relative ease on an overnight. I would assume that the trail would get busy in the spring and summer; but in the fall and winter, the two times I hiked, we didn't run into too many other hikers or horsemen.
The Butterfield isn't the only trail, either. The area is full of little side trails and 4-wheel drive roads, enough to provide a certain level of privacy/isolation that you're looking for.
All told, a great little state park.
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