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Burr Oak Woods Dumbell Loop

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 4.5 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An easy but lovely run through the gorgeous Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area.


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4.5

Miles

7.2

KM

99%

Runnable

934' 285 m

High

823' 251 m

Low

265' 81 m

Up

270' 82 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

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Features Fall Colors · Lake

Park is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (gated).

Overview

This run combines the best trails of Burr Oak Woods to create a scenic, yet easy, jaunt through the conservation area. I am always astounded at how few people there are along these trails. Expect to have plenty of solitude if you are here any time other than a weekend.

Need to Know

Bathrooms are at all of the trailheads. At 8 p.m., the gates are closed and locked.

Runner Notes

The flies can be super annoying in the early summer.

There are several interconnecting trails. This is generally easy enough to follow but it always makes sense to bring this map or use the Trail Run Project mobile app to make sure you are tracking right. Those interconnecting trails also open up the possibility to do additional options and segments (though there will be no ultra running here...)

Description

Start this trail at the Wildlife Habitat parking area. Take your first available left once you pass the gate. Proceed around and through the Wildlife Habitat Trail in the hardwood forest on a trail of crushed gravel. The trail undulates but never presents severe inclines or declines.

After a little over a mile, take a little connector trail to the left to reach the Hickory Grove Trail. From this junction, you'll take a left and run for another mile or so before crossing the parking area and hitting the Bethany Falls Trail.

This trail will take you up and around some lovely rock formations and through the forest and a meadow for the bulk of the elevation gain and loss on this run.

After finishing the Bethany Falls Trail, simply take the Hickory Grove Trail back to the parking area.

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Shared By:

Jason Doedderlein

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Photos

Large limestone bluffs on the backside of the Bethany Falls Trail Loop
Jun 21, 2020 near Blue Sp…, MO
Watch a video tour of the Bethany Falls Trail, located in the Burr Oak Conservation Area.
Jun 21, 2020 near Blue Sp…, MO
Rockier than expected on the Bethany Falls Trail.
Jun 19, 2019 near Blue Sp…, MO

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