Council Bluff Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Washington County and Iron County, Missouri. It is 11.6 miles long and begins at 1,091 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 23.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,831 feet. The Walnut Grove Missionary Baptist Church (elevation 1,122 feet) place of worship can be seen along the trail. There is also a beach along the trail.
Council Bluff Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Steve Henry, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis (Menasha Ridge Press).
"This trail is a beautiful 12.5-mile loop that follows the shoreline of Council Bluffs Lake on the Big River. Most of this scenic trail is single-track, with one mile on an old logging road and a half-mile on a gravel road near the swimming beach. While it doesn't require much climbing, much of the single-track is technical, passing over lots of rocky terrain that will test your bike handling skills. Novices probably shouldn't try it, unless they don't mind walking their bikes through the tough spots. This trail is located 20 miles southwest of Potosi."
--Steve Henry, Mountain Bike! Ozarks (Menasha Ridge Press).
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