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Smith Creek Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.7 (9)

A densely wooded and rocky trail loop, crossing Cedar Creek 2x. Beware, the blazes at the creek can be tough to see.


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Map Key

6.3

Miles

10.1

KM

Point to Point

860' 262 m

High

654' 199 m

Low

626' 191 m

Up

577' 176 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This trail is hilly, forested, and rocky with bluff overlooks. This is a nice trail that mostly winds through the forest, but some of the straight sections at the north side of the loop are on a gravel road for a short distance. When you come to Cedar Creek, follow straight past to look for the creek crossing. Many scattering side trails can take you off track. I backtracked a bit trying to find the crossing. In most cases, you'll find that the trail picks up nearly "straight" across the water from when you reach the creek. You can always use the Hiking Project mobile app to help find your way.

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Shared By:

Tim Thomas with improvements by Zac Nixon

Trail Ratings

  3.7 from 9 votes

#4

in Ashland

#11872

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  3.7 from 9 votes
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Trail Rankings

#4

in Ashland

#285

in Missouri

#11,872

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The bridge that you must cross to get to the trailhead! Super cool!
Nov 4, 2019 near Ashland, MO
This is where the hike begins, in case you arrive and feel like you're on a private drive.  Look for this neat tree!
Dec 6, 2019 near Ashland, MO
One of my favorite lookout points along the route!  Approximately 1.3 miles in.
Dec 6, 2019 near Ashland, MO
The other side of the bridge!
Dec 12, 2019 near Ashland, MO
Another nice lookout with hammock-worthy trees!
Dec 12, 2019 near Ashland, MO
Locate this Trail Register and you'll know you're on the correct path!
Dec 12, 2019 near Ashland, MO

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Oct 16, 2021
Rob Loseman
Jul 11, 2021
Patrick Bonnot
After parking, we crossed the bridge and kept East and only traveled a mile until we hit Smith Creek. Recent heavy rains prevented our crossing. 2mi — 1h 00m
Apr 13, 2020
Loretta Aiken
Nov 2, 2019
Zac Nixon
6.5mi — 1h 50m
Apr 11, 2019
Ben Sander
Aug 1, 2018
Jeff Piland
Mostly easy except for the section near the creek. Fairly challenging for a Missouri trail. Rocky, fairly steep. 85% is easy, wide trail. 6.3mi
Nov 26, 2017
Abbey Schneider
Beautiful clean trail. Good workout compared to most Missouri hikes! 6.3mi
Aug 16, 2017
Shaun Allen