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Big Piney Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.1 (16)

A looping trail in the Paddy Creek Wilderness.


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16.1

Miles

25.9

KM

96%

Runnable

1,304' 397 m

High

890' 271 m

Low

1,539' 469 m

Up

1,527' 465 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Open year-round, free camping, no permit required. No motorized or mechanized transportation; foot or horseback only. Wilderness regulations here: fs.usda.gov/recarea/mtnf/re….

Runner Notes

Rocks and roots are particularly dangerous for ankles on this trail. During the late winter to early spring months the trail can be covered by fallen leaves, making it difficult to ascertain footing.

Description

The Big Piney Trail has 18 miles of trail that traverse a variety of Ozark terrain, scenery and vegetation types. Several scenic overlooks displaying rock outcroppings and hollow bottoms are located along the trail. Paddy Creek Campground, Big Piney Trail Camp, and Roby Lake Recreation Area are conveniently located on or near the trail.

The southern portion of the loop has two creek crossings.

Contacts

Shared By:

Charles Elmore with improvements by Michael Weber and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 16 votes

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  4.1 from 16 votes
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#147

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Photos

Meadow that the trail begins from near Roby lake.
Feb 29, 2020 near Fort Le…, MO
Overlooking Paddy Creek.
May 28, 2016 near Licking, MO
on the way to the top of the hill
Aug 14, 2019 near Licking, MO
Overlook on south trail.
Feb 29, 2020 near Licking, MO
Initial creek crossing on north trail.
Feb 29, 2020 near Fort Le…, MO
Big Piney North Trail Waterfall
Jul 16, 2016 near Fort Le…, MO

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Feb 29, 2020
Michael Weber
Ran North Trail to N/S Connector and returned via South Trail 10.5mi — 2h 00m