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Trail Running in the Ozarks

Date: 2016-02-15 12:00:00 am

Trail Running in the Ozarks

 

Trail Running The Ozarks region in Missouri is one of the best places to experience great trail running activity. The beautiful mountains, hills, valleys that are filled with crystal-clear waters, waterfalls, and cliffs that are trimmed by bluffs are some of the spectacular views that you can see while enjoying nature fun activity in the Ozarks. This awesome trail running activity allows you to see picturesque hardwood forests, savannas, and glades.

This challenging sport of trail running in the Ozarks can get you dirty, scratched, or bruised but you are sure to find it awesome when you see the fascinating beauty of nature. So get ready now, get your best running shoes and head on to some of the trails at Lake of the Ozarks State Park. Some of the trails in the park are wide and the terrain are well kept without too many bumps and ruts. Most of the trails at the Lake of the Ozarks State Park are short that you can easily complete within the time frame in one to three hours.

The trails at the Lake of the Ozarks State Park are generally open from sunrise to sunset.  Mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers are common in the area from April through October, so be prepared with insect repellant. When choosing a trail be sure it befits your physical capability. You must carry water at all times to stay hydrated. You also need to read trailhead signs to become aware of the trail terrain, length, and other special features.

Lake of the Ozarks State Park is home to many beautiful trails that include the Bluestem Knoll Trail, Coakley Hollow Trail, Fawn’s Ridge Trail, and Hidden Springs Trail. The Bluestem Knoll Trail is a short trail that stretches only .8 of a mile and features widely spaced trees, wildflowers, and tall native grasses. In this trail, you may experience natural surface, mud, dirt, gravel, shifting rocks, roots and vegetation on trail. The Coakley Hollow Trail is another beautiful trail at the park that stretches only one mile and rated as rugged. This trail has four different types of natural settings that include dolomite glades, spring-fed streams, fens, and several types of woodlands.

The Fawn’s Ride Trail is another fascinating trail that is rated moderate. The trail has great features of dominant plants like native white oaks, hickories, and elm-leaved goldenrods. The trail is approximately 1.25 miles long if you start at the trailhead along Highway 13. If you start at the trailhead at the campground check stand, the trail can be shorter at only 1 mile long. Another trail that is longer than any other trail in the park is the Hidden Springs Trail that stretches 2.5 miles and rated also as moderate. This beautiful trail goes through the native woodlands of Missouri to blufftops above the lake.

If you want to experience a challenging nature fun activity in the Ozarks region, try a trail running adventure in the park where you can enjoy awesome fun as you get dirty, scratched or bruised.

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