The John J. Audubon Trail is a dog fur-iendly 12-mile loop wilderness trail that was established by the Boy Scouts of America for the artist and nature lover, John J. Audubon in Sainte Genevieve, Missouri, right in the heart of the Mark Twain National Forest. The trail goes both north and south of Forest Road 2199, or Bidwell Creek Road. The routes are marked with white paint and are typically easy to follow. And since this is a loop, you will end up back at this point no matter which way you start. Your furry family members are allowed to join you, but you must use a six-foot leash and do not let your fur baby irritate the local wildlife.
This is a rocky and steep trail with some serious curves in the path, so you need to be on alert for others on the trail, such as those riding bicycles or horses. You will notice that the trails are not paved and are completely natural, making them rough at times, as well as muddy if it has rained recently. The park authorities of Missouri ask that you avoid using the trail when it rains to protect both yourself and the trail, so the best days to go are in clear weather.
Along the trail, you will likely see plenty of wildlife because it is all-natural forest land, so you need to be aware and alert at all times. There are no restrooms along the trail, so there is no place to refill your water. Pack several bottles of water, and clean up bags, and be sure you clean up after your pup. Camping is allowed in the forest, but it is primitive, and you must be at least 100 feet from the trail. Spend an afternoon stroll or a weekend getaway with your pup along the John J. Audubon Trail!