Rolla, MO 65401
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- 36 miles
- Spring to Fall
Cedar Creek Trail is formed by 3 loops, crossing 36 miles of pastoral countryside. Two-thirds of the trail is cross-country; the rest is along gravel roads.
Southern Loop cross 22 miles of scenic country with about one-third of this section on gravel and paved county roads. It is marked in grey diamonds.
Smith Creek Section, between Hwy J and Cedar Creek, about 5 miles from Boydsville to Rutherford Bridge. This scenic route provides glimpses of Cedar Creek from the bluffs above. It is marked in orange diamonds.
Pine Ridge Section, which passes through Pine Ridge Recreation Area, is open to foot travel and mountain bikes only. This trail is marked with grey diamonds. No horses, please. An alternative trail to the west is provided for horses.
Moon Loop, about 7 miles in length, offers varying landscapes. The name was given because, at one time, the effects of soil erosion that occurred in the 1930s caused hikers to think of the surface of the moon. It is marked with yellow diamonds.
Restrictions: No motorized use.
Other Activities: Backpacking, bird watching, primitive camping
Safety: During temperate months, be prepared for biting insects, poison ivy and high temperatures. Be advised of hunting seasons. Avoid using the trail during excessively wet periods.
Watch for trail markers, and use the self-closing gateswhen crossing pastures.
Trailheads: The Cedar Creek Trail has three vehicle access trailhead developments; Pine Ridge Recreation Area, Dry Fork Campground, and Ginn Lane Trailhead.
Stay on the trail to avoid causing soil erosion.
Leave no trace and pack out what you pack in