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Big Piney Trail

Intermediate
 4.2 (18)

A looping trail in the Paddy Creek Wilderness.


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Map Key

16.1

Miles

25.9

KM

Point to Point

1,304' 397 m

High

890' 271 m

Low

1,539' 469 m

Up

1,527' 465 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Open year-round, free camping, no permit required. No motorized or mechanized transportation; foot or horseback only. Wilderness regulations here: fs.usda.gov/recarea/mtnf/re….

Description

The Big Piney Trail has 18 miles of trail that traverse a variety of Ozark terrain, scenery and vegetation types. Several scenic overlooks displaying rock outcroppings and hollow bottoms are located along the trail. Paddy Creek Campground, Big Piney Trail Camp, and Roby Lake Recreation Area are conveniently located on or near the trail.

The southern portion of the loop has two creek crossings.

Contacts

Shared By:

Charles Elmore with improvements by Michael Weber and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 18 votes

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  4.2 from 18 votes
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#20

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Photos

Overlooking Paddy Creek.
May 28, 2016 near Licking, MO
October 14, 2022 fall backpacking trip. Beautiful pines
Oct 17, 2022 near Fort Le…, MO
Meadow that the trail begins from near Roby lake.
Feb 29, 2020 near Fort Le…, MO
October 14, 2022 fall backpacking trip.
Oct 17, 2022 near Licking, MO
on the way to the top of the hill
Aug 14, 2019 near Licking, MO
October 14, 2022 fall backpacking trip.
Oct 17, 2022 near Licking, MO

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Oct 14, 2022
Mark Adlard Stonepipe Adventures
Backpacked two days one night. Started at the Roby Lake trailhead, camped at Paddy Creek Campground. Hiked the complete loop. Trail was well defined. 17.1mi
Feb 11, 2022
Sam Stewart
hiked two days in winter, overnight camped paddy creek campground. 4 creek crossings that could be significant in spring. will be muddy if ground i… 16.1mi — 10h 00m
Nov 29, 2020
Carol Exley
10 miles day one. Around 6 miles day two. Hiked with Zak, Chris, and Sam.
Mar 15, 2020
Zac Nixon
Excellent trail, but very muddy! The creek/river was very high, but I was able to cross with trekking poles. Knee/thigh high water 17.7mi — 5h 29m
Feb 22, 2020
Adya Crawford
Oct 5, 2019
Al M
Aug 8, 2019
Kanda Simpson
start at the Big Piney Trail Campground. Go right on trail. Very poorly marked have a gps and good map. Extremely over grown around paddy rec. area. 16.5mi
Jul 18, 2019
Rick Schumacher