The Wappapello Lake portion of the Ozark Trail offers a hike through variable landscapes and terrains. You can take this pathway from Sam Baker State Park to Lake Wappapello and continue further south to the Hendrickson Recreation Area. The footpath starts by following the St. Francis River. Hike through a combination of woodland and fields to reach Lake Wappapello State Park. From here, you'll turn south toward the Black River and encounter hills covered with oak and pine mixed forest. There are a few campsites along the course if you want to spread your trip over a few days.
Because the trail tracks with creeks and rivers, you'll have many opportunities to spot waterfowl and other wildlife on your trek. The pathway has a natural surface, so be prepared for muddy conditions after periods of rain. Enjoy the serenity of a walk in the woods with your special pal as you hear the crunch of leaves under your feet. You'll be sharing this path with mountain bikers and equestrians. Be respectful and keep to the right when others want to pass you.
The Missouri Park system welcomes Fido, but they require that you secure your pooch on a lead when you're on public property. To help preserve the natural environment, remove any waste and carry it out of the park with you. Bring an adequate supply of water for you and your furry friend.
Hike through woodlands, forest, fields, and hill country when you visit the Wappapello Lake Section of the Ozark Trail. This 35-mile pathway offers a pawtastic way to get out to nature with your four-footed friend. There are some spur trails along this road where you can extend your outing and explore some history or scenic vistas. With abundant woodland creatures and a changing landscape, you have a hard time getting bored when you walk here!