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This loop trail connects two of the more popular Forest Service recreation areas: Shores Lake and White Rock Mountain through a few different trails, including some time on the famed Ozark Highlands Trail
. It offers an excellent weekend hike up a beautiful creek drainage to the top of spectacular White Rock Mountain, and returns via another creek drainage. Camping is open along the trail, as well as semi-primitive camping and cabins for rent at the top of White Rock Mountain. While it can be hiked both ways, most agree that clockwise is the best.
Features: Lake — River/Creek — Swimming — Views — Waterfall — Wildlife
Need To Know
A use fee is requested at the Shores Lake parking lot.
On the west side of the loop, these is a crossing around 2 miles in, crossing to the left side of the creek. Don't dry you feet off yet...a few hundred yards down the trail, you cross again.
Bring money for the campsites at WRM, as well as firewood, snacks, showers sometimes, and drinks. There is an attendant who lives in a house there and manages everything. You can also rent a cabin, but they usually are booked far in advance. Visit WhiteRockMountain.com
for more info.
West side of the loop has more difficult terrain in general, but is an easier uphill climb than the east. Some creek crossings that can be difficult to rock hop.
From the Shores Lake Camping area, park at the high lot and take the first left after the trailhead. Cross a forest road and continue the trail until you follow a creek. Several small waterfalls can be seen from the trail, until a crossing around 2 miles. Another crossing follows shortly afterward.
Flora & Fauna
Deer, birds, armadillos and snakes! Typical Ozark critters.