Big Piney Trail


Area Status: Open

Big Piney Trail covers a variety of Ozark terrain in Paddy Creek Wilderness. Hiking in a wilderness area brings its own special challenges along with special delights. Signs and trail markings are sparse, there are no bridges across the creeks, and the trail may be rough. 

At a Glance

Operational Hours: No operational hours
Fees: No fees
Restrictions: No motorized or mechanized transportation; foot or horseback only. No camping within 100’ of trails, water, or other occupied campsites. Maximum group size of 10 persons. 
Water: No drinking water available
Operated By: USDA Forest Service
Information Center: Houston/Rolla/Cedar Creek Ranger District
Email | Phone and Address

General Information

Directions:

From Roby, MO take Hwy 17 north 1 mile; turn right on gravel Forest Road 274, and go about .6 miles to Roby Lake Recreation Area.
From Licking, MO take Hwy 32 west 4 miles to Hwy N; go 2 miles to Hwy AF, then 7 miles to Big Piney Trail Camp. 


General Notes:

Rating: Moderate to more difficult. Terrain is sometimes steep. Vertical rise is 500 feet.
Length: 17 miles
Best Seasons: Fall, winter, spring
Leave No TracePack out what you pack in; be prepared and minimize your impact.
Surface Type: Unsurfaced, native material.
Safety: During temperate months, be prepared for biting insects, poison ivy and high temperatures. Be advised of hunting seasons. Avoid using the trail during excessively wet periods.  Most of the area has no cell phone coverage – plan ahead and be prepared for emergencies.

The remoteness and lack of facilities almost guarantees solitude, and means that you must be well prepared. Be sure to tell someone your plans, bring a map and compass and/or a GPS, and don’t hike the wilderness alone.

Be prepared to sterilize water you find in the wilderness.


Parking:

Big Piney Trail Camp:This trail camp is open year round. The primitive camp is designed specifically for horse use to reduce impacts to other camping spots. There is no fee for camping; facilities include a few picnic tables, hitching posts and fire rings.
Roby Lake Recreation Area:This recreation site is the southern-most of the 3 trailheads for the Big Piney Trail. Area includes a large parking area for horse trailers, a small lake, and picnic tables.
Paddy Creek Recreation Area:The most developed of the three areas, this recreation sites serves as the third trailhead access to the Big Piney Trail. It contains a picnic area and campground with a vault toilet and 23 campsites, all with table, fire ring, and grill.  There is no drinking water, and no garbage service.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Dispersed Camping

Dispersed camping is the term used for free camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground.

Dispersed camping means there are no toilets, no structures, no trash cans, no treated water, and no fire grates.

There are extra responsibilities required for this type of camp. It's a must to educate yourself before you try it, but we hope the adventure of dispersed camping in the Mark Twain National Forest calls to you!

  1. Pick a Campsite and follow the Leave No Trace Principles
  2. Camp 100 feet away from trails and water sources.
  3. Treat any water found in the area before consuming it.
  4. Human waste (Feces) must be buried at least 6 inches deep and covered.
  5. Pack out all of your garbage.

For more information on Dispersed Camping visit our dispersed camping page which has information on picking a campsite, how to protect water quality, and campfires!

General Info:

Overview/Background

Trail Descriptions and information:

Rating: Moderate to more difficult. Terrain is sometimes steep. Vertical rise is 500 feet.
Length: 17 miles
Best Seasons: Fall, winter, spring
Leave No Trace: Pack out what you pack in; be prepared and minimize your impact.
Restrictions: No motorized or mechanized transportation; foot or horseback only. No camping within 100’ of trails, water, or other occupied campsites. Maximum group size of 10 persons.
Surface Type: Unsurfaced, native material.


Day Hiking

Backpacking

Horse Riding

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
37.55742060

  Longitude : 
-92.03968400