Trails

Swampwalk Nature Trail

Open season: Year round
Length: 0.8 miles
Location of trail: On Bluff Road of MO-51, or down Bluff Trail from the visitor center
Surface: Raised boardwalk/asphalt
Difficulty: Low intensity
Information: Meanders through bottomland hardwood forest alongside Ditch 11 near Rockhouse Marsh just below the Visitor Center; wheelchair and stroller accessible

Bluff Trail

Open season: Year round
Length: 0.15 miles
Location of trail: Trailheads at visitor center and Bluff Road
Surface: Packed dirt and gravel, uneven
Difficulty: Moderate/High Intensity
Information: Connects the visitor center and the Swampwalk Nature Trial; a short, steep hike in upland hardwood forest

Hartz Pond Trail

Open season: Year round
Length: 0.2 miles
Location of trail: Trailhead is at the south side of the visitor center parking lot
Surface: Gravel
Difficulty: Low to moderate intensity
Information: Short loop trail to a small pond

Sweet Cabin Trail

Open season: March - November
Length: 0.8 miles round-trip
Location of trail: Near Stanley Creek on the Ozark Highlands Auto Tour
Surface: Packed dirt and gravel
Difficulty: Moderate intensity
Information: Backcountry hiking on the edge of the Mingo wilderness area wilderness area
Wilderness areas are places untamed by humans. The Wilderness Act of 1964 allows Congress to designate wilderness areas for protection to ensure that America's pristine wild lands will not disappear. Wilderness areas can be part of national wildlife refuges, national parks, national forests or public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

Learn more about wilderness area
just north of Stanley Creek leading to a Great Depression-era cabin

Unofficial Trails

Levee tops, service roads and the wilderness area can also provide pleasant and longer hiking experiences.

Swampwalk Nature Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.76
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Visitor Center Overlook Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.10
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Hillside Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.26
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Sweet Cabin Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.38
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Rockhouse Marsh Overlook Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.10
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Hartz Pond Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.18
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Schoolhouse Hunting Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.23
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