Ridge Runner Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

View of Noblett Lake from Ridge Runner Trail

The Ridge Runner Trail, a National Recreation Trail, consists of a 6 mile loop at Noblett Lake, a 6 mile loop near the North Fork Recreation Area, and a 21 mile long segment in between that extends from Noblett Lake in the north to the North Fork Recreation Area in the south. Open to hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians, the trail leads you through a part of the Missouri Ozarks known for its beauty and limestone karst topography. The landscape varies from gently rolling to very steep terrain with rock outcrops and bluffs. Vegetation along the trail is diverse and includes oak-hickory, short leaf pine, and bottomland forests. Remnant prairie plants can be seen, a reminder of a time when repeated wildfire burned the Ozarks allowing fingers of prairie to extend into the woods. From Blue Hole Trailhead to the northern junction of the North Fork loop, the Ridge Runner and Ozark Trails run concurrently. A printable brochure and Map is available.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Year round.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: A good map and compass, and knowledge of utilizing these, are strongly suggested. Drinking water is usually available at the North Fork Recreation Area from May through October 15, but make sure to bring drinking water and/or a container for carrying water on the trail.  No horses allowed in the day use areas at Noblett and North Fork or on the portion of trail near Blue Springs..  There is a $2/vehicle fee for day use at the North Fork Recreation Area.
Closest Towns: Pomona; West Plains: Willow Springs
Water: None; seasonally at North Fork Trailheads
Operated By: USFS and volunteers

General Information

Directions: There are four trailheads that you access the Ridge Runner Trail. Noblett Lake Trailhead - from Pomona, MO travel west on P Highway for 9 miles to AP Highway, turn right and stay on AP Highway for 5 miles to the Noblett Lake Recreation Area, then turn left onto Forest Road 857 and go approximately 2 miles to trailhead on left side of road.  Horton Trailhead - from Pomona, MO, travel west on P Highway for 9 miles, turn right and stay on AP Highway for 1 1/2 miles to County Road 5720, turn left and travel approximately 1 1/2 miles to trailhead on right side of the road. Blue Hole Trailhead - from Pomona, MO, travel west on P Highway for 9 miles, turn left and stay on AP Highway for 3 miles to trailhead on right side of road. North Fork Recreation Area Trailhead - from West Plains, MO take State Rt. CC west 16 miles to the North Fork Recreation Area.

Recreation Map

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Activities


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Location

 
  Latitude : 
36.758475

  Longitude : 
-92.1562377

 



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