Turkey Pen Hollow Trail
ElevationAscent: 838' 255 m
Descent: -783' -239 m
High: 1,083' 330 m
Low: 766' 233 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)
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“The longest trail in the Ozark hills near the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks.”— Missouri Hiker
Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
From the parking area of State Hwy D, follow the red blazes south. Stay left and when the red loop splits, stay right to follow the loop counterclockwise. For those looking for a shorter loop, taking the White Connector 1 will cut of about two miles of trail. Along White Connector 1, there is an intermittent pond which can be a nice place to rest.
There is a short connector that links to a special use camp. This is a primitive backpack camping area for groups of seven or more. After passing the connector trail leading to the special-use camp, run across a large south-facing glade. Ahead, a large outcrop of rock is the remnant of the Red Arrow Fault line. This is an area where layers of rock have shifted resulting in some very interesting rock formations.
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