Pine Ridge Recreation Area Campground Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Pine Ridge Recreation is a beautiful place to escape the hustle and bustle of college life at the University of Missouri in Columbia, or the craziness of civil service at the state capital in nearby Jefferson City. It’s located in the Cedar Creek District of the Mark Twain National Forest, on land that’s in the transition zone between forest and tallgrass prairie. A grove of pines planted by the CCC shades the camp, and Pine Ridge is a trailhead for the 35-mile Cedar Creek Trail.
The Katy Trail, a 225-mile Rails-to- Trails conversion running from Clinton to St. Charles, follows the nearby Missouri River, and one of its most scenic stretches is a few miles west of Pine Ridge. Pine Ridge reflects its name very well—it’s a beautiful hideaway in a grove of evergreens on a broad ridge. Towering pines shade every site, and a grassy open space is perfect for catching rays or tossing a Frisbee. The recreation area is laid out in a tadpole-shaped loop with shady picnic sites along the entrance road."