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Osage Bluff Scenic Trail

Intermediate
 5.0 (3)

This loop leads to several bluff overlooks above the Osage River.


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Map Key

1.8

Miles

2.9

KM

93%

Runnable

745' 227 m

High

560' 171 m

Low

197' 60 m

Up

193' 59 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

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

Description

This opular running trail starts and ends as doubletrack trail with some gravel. Most foot traffic heads out to the bluff and back, but fewer continue around the full loop. The middle section is great singletrack that follows first along the bluff and then down to Cove Creek. From there, the trail takes a winding way back up from the creek. If you need more time or distance, simply turn around and take it in the opposite direction!

Flora & Fauna

Wildflowers, fence lizards, soaring vultures and maybe a bald eagle. Many songbirds including Great Crested Flycatcher, Wood Thrush, and Red-eyed Vireos. The area is part of the Great Missouri Birding Trail.

Contacts

Shared By:

Paul P with improvements by Zac Nixon

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  5.0 from 3 votes

#834

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  5.0 from 3 votes
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#9

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#834

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The trail can be a bit trickier to find in snow, of course. Here's an example. If the footprints were not present, things could get dicey.
Dec 19, 2019 near Wardsville, MO
This staircase can get slippery in the winter!
Dec 19, 2019 near Wardsville, MO
This is what the trail looks like in the winter! December 2019
Dec 19, 2019 near Wardsville, MO
Rounding the corner at the Indian Burial Cairn!
Dec 11, 2019 near Wardsville, MO
The Osage River flows in the distance!
Dec 11, 2019 near Wardsville, MO
Another lovely bench for resting!
Dec 12, 2019 near Wardsville, MO

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