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Smith Creek Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.5 (8)

A densely wooded and rocky trail loop, crossing Cedar Creek 2x. Beware, the blazes at the creek can be tough to see.


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6.3

Miles

10.1

KM

95%

Runnable

860' 262 m

High

654' 199 m

Low

626' 191 m

Up

577' 176 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This trail is hilly, forested, and rocky with bluff overlooks. This is a nice trail that mostly winds through the forest, but some of the straight sections at the north side of the loop are on a gravel road for a short distance. When you come to Cedar Creek, follow straight past to look for the creek crossing. Many scattering side trails can take you off track. I backtracked a bit trying to find the crossing. In most cases, you'll find that the trail picks up nearly "straight" across the water from when you reach the creek. You can always use the Trail Run Project mobile app to help find your way.

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Shared By:

Tim Thomas with improvements by Zac Nixon

Trail Ratings

  3.5 from 8 votes

#7

in Columbia

#19168

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  3.5 from 8 votes
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Trail Rankings

#7

in Columbia

#336

in Missouri

#19,168

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The other side of the bridge!
Dec 12, 2019 near Ashland, MO
One of my favorite lookout points along the route!  Approximately 1.3 miles in.
Dec 6, 2019 near Ashland, MO
The bridge that you must cross to get to the trailhead! Super cool!
Nov 4, 2019 near Ashland, MO
This is where the hike begins, in case you arrive and feel like you're on a private drive.  Look for this neat tree!
Dec 6, 2019 near Ashland, MO
Another nice lookout with hammock-worthy trees!
Dec 12, 2019 near Ashland, MO
Locate this Trail Register and you'll know you're on the correct path!
Dec 12, 2019 near Ashland, MO

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May 30, 2020
Missouri Barg
Trail has beautiful scenery but not ideal for running as the trail was muddy and torn up by horse traffic. Would not recommend running in spring
May 14, 2018
Rajhel Jarter
Lots of ticks :) 6.3mi