Council Bluff Lake

Belgrade, Missouri

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3 Reviews
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The Lakeshore Trail in Council Bluff Recreation Area is an enthralling ramble along the wooded shores of a deep, blue Ozark lake. Though rugged in places, this trail’s gentle grade makes it a surprisingly easy long hike. And countless relaxing vistas of the lake’s inviting waters bring pleasure with every step.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis

by Steve Henry (Menasha Ridge Press)

The Lakeshore Trail in Council Bluff Recreation Area is an enthralling ramble along the wooded shores of a deep, blue Ozark lake. Though rugged in places, this trail’s gentle grade makes it a surprisingly easy long hike. And countless relaxing vistas of the lake’s inviting waters bring pleasure with every step.

© 2010 Steve Henry/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Belgrade
Distance: 12
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 4–6 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Mark Twain National Forest
Local Maps: Johnson Mountain USGS topo
Driving Directions: Directions to Council Bluff Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

9/15/2007
0

While trailhead was tricky to identify, once found this is a nice trail for hiking/biking. Closer to 6-7 miles than 9. This trail ties to Katy trail via the Hamburg (sp?) trail. Since much is on access roads, hardcore mntn bikers may not like it too much.


4/9/2006
0

This was a great family trail. There is water paralleling most of the hike and several gorgeous beaver ponds. The first and last parts of the hike are more along the line of a stroll down a country lane, but the middle third breaks away from the valley and goes up the into the hillside and through the woods. At the peak you'll find an old cemetary and a spring amid the switchbacks. This was a very enjoyable and easy hike. The only downside was the need to keep a look out for the mountain bikers. Be sure to take water as there are no facilities along the trail.


7/31/2005
0

This was a "so so" hike. Not a challenge although some spots towords the end could be considered a challenge when trying to share the trail with bikers that you could not here coming.



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