Pinewoods Lake trailhead

Area Status: Open

The Pinewoods Lake Trail starts in the Pinewoods Lake Recreation Area, and circles Pinewoods Lake. The trail starts by the boat launch.

1/2 of a mile of this easy 1.3-mile trail has a concrete surface; the rest of the trail is a wide dirt path. The entire trail is relatively flat with no difficult sections.

Circling the lake, the trail provides views of the lake, songbirds, wildlife, and an abundance of wildflowers. It links popular fishing areas with the picnic area.

You will most likely see beaver along the trail, there is a beaver dam on the lake.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Day Use 6Am to 10PM
Area Amenities: Accessible, Tent camping, Picnic tables, Toilets, Parking
Fees: No fees
Open Season: January - December
Restrictions: On the Trail
  • Hiking, Biking is permitted.
  • No motorized vehicles are permitted.
  • No horses
At the Trailhead
  • Dogs must be on a 6 foot leash in the day use area
  • No trash containers; please pack out all your trash.
  • Fireworks are prohibited.
Closest Towns: Ellisnore
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: USDA Forest Service
Information Center: Potosi-Fredericktown Ranger District
Email | Phone and Address

General Information


Vault toilet is accessible. 1/2 of a mile of the trail is a flat sidewalk and is accessible.

General Notes:


  • No drinking water is available at parking areas or along the trail; bring what you will need.
  • During temperate months, be prepared for biting insects, poison ivy and high temperatures.
  • Be aware of hunting seasons.

For more safety tips visit the Safety section of the website.


From Poplar Bluff, MO,

  • go 7 miles north on U.S. Highway 67,
  • Exit onto US Highway 60, on the right.
  • Travel 16 miles west on U.S. Highway 60.
  • The site is on the left side of the road on Highway 60

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

The 1.3 mile Pinewoods Lake Trail circles the lake, providing views of the lake, access to wildflowers, and links fishing and picnic areas. You’ll have a view of the lake the entire time you are on the trail. Portions of the trail are prone to seasonal flooding.


Picnic tables: Yes
Tent camping: Yes
Parking: Day Use: 75 vehicles ; Boat Ramp: two parking areas, one for single vehicles, and another for vehicles with trailers (10 spaces)
Toilets: Yes
Accessible: Some features and amenities are accessible

Recreation Areas

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