Bell Mountain Wilderness Area

Black, Missouri 63625

Bell Mountain Wilderness Area

Bell Mountain Wilderness Area Professional Review and Guide

"The top of Bell Mountain, one of Missouri’s highest peaks, is in Missouri’s third largest wilderness area. There are incredible vistas from an expansive glade on Bell’s summit. And in this rugged, seldom-visited wildland, you’ll likely have the whole mountain to yourself."

Bell Mountain Wilderness Area Reviews

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3/22/2010
Nice easy walk through the woods, up close & personal with the deer and the elk.
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1/27/2008
The White Bison trail is a wonderful, moderately difficult trail with plentiful wildlife viewing opportunities. The trail itself is single-width, packed earth/gravel for most of the 3.25 miles, and is laid out between the road and the lake. There are steep grades, but most healthy individuals can handle them. The first three miles of the trail were uneventful during my trip--the only sign of wildlife were tracks and large amounts of elk scat. Suddenly, we found our group in the middle of a herd of 18 wild elk. The elk largely ignored us, save for one curious cow that came within two feet of one of us. It was an amazing experience. By the time we finished the trail, more elk moved down to the lake. Be sure to drive into the bison area--there are a few playful caves in the herd. There are also nice places in the park to have a picnic.
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9/11/2003
This is a really fun place to go. The elk are really nice to see. Watch out for ticks and chiggers.
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Trail Information

Black
Nearby City
12
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
4–7 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Mark Twain National Forest
Local Contacts
Edgehill USGS topos
Local Maps