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at Lake of the Ozarks State Park

Honey Run Trail

  • Bicycling/Mountain Biking
  • Hiking

Length: 12.75 Miles View map

Honey Run Trail is actually three diverse trails in one.  Starting at the trailhead along McCubbins Drive, this linear portion of the trail immediately goes through a natural community known as the Upland Flatwoods Section.  Due to a soil feature known as fragipan, which restricts water movement below the surface, this rare community type has pools of water on the surface half the year and soil that cracks due to lack of water the remainder of the year.  This creates a community requiring some unique adaptations.  As the trail leaves the upland flatwoods and drops off the ridge, dry-mesic and dry chert woodlands are common before reaching a dry mesic bottomland community and ending at the stream that runs through Honey Run Hollow. From this point, the trail branches off into two separate loops.

The South Loop runs through a dry-mesic bottomland woodland. This natural community forms a transition between the upland woodlands and wetter mesic bottomland woodlands found in the park.  This loop winds around Honey Run Creek.  Ozark sculpins and bleeding shiners, which are found only in the Ozarks, can be found in this creek. Depending on the time of the year, tall bellflowers, spring beauties or river oats can be found growing near the streambank.

The North Loop offers a variety of different community structures. Dry chert and dry-mesic chert woodlands, with their predominately post oak and white oak communities, dominate the uplands while dry-mesic bottomland woodlands dominate the bottomlands.  Interspaced between these communities are numerous dolomite glades and views of the lake before the foliage comes out in the spring.

The Uplands Flatwood Section starts at the trailhead on McCubbins Drive and ends at Anderson Hollow Road (a gravel road) where both the North Loop and the South Loop begin. Trail users wanting to use only the North or South loops should park along Anderson Hollow Road near the beginning of the South Loop. The round-trip distance is 12.75 miles when starting at the trailhead off McCubbins Drive and traveling all three sections.  

 

Uplands Flatwood Section
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
3 Miles, one way 2 hours, 15 minutes Loop Yellow 1.) McCubbins Drive Trailhead: North of Ozark Caverns approximately 2.50 miles from the intersection of Highway A and McCubbins Drive; 2.) Anderson Hollow Trailhead: Approximately 1.50 miles from the intersection of McCubbins Drive and Anderson Hollow Road.
North Loop
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
4.25 Miles 3 hours, 10 minutes Loop Yellow 1.) McCubbins Drive Trailhead: North of Ozark Caverns approximately 2.50 miles from the intersection of Highway A and McCubbins Drive; 2.) Anderson Hollow Trailhead: Approximately 1.50 miles from the intersection of McCubbins Drive and Anderson Hollow Road.
South Loop
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
2.5 Miles 1 hour, 50 minutes Loop Yellow 1.) McCubbins Drive Trailhead: North of Ozark Caverns approximately 2.50 miles from the intersection of Highway A and McCubbins Drive; 2.) Anderson Hollow Trailhead: Approximately 1.50 miles from the intersection of McCubbins Drive and Anderson Hollow Road.

Trail of Four Winds

  • Bicycling/Mountain Biking
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding

Length: 13.5 Miles View map

The longest trail in the park, Trail of Four Winds, travels through almost every type of natural community in Lake of the Ozarks State Park. This diversity provides stunning views of the lake, rock outcrops, breathtaking overlooks, seasonal streams, ponds and woodlands.  Depending on the time of the year and the section, encounters with Cooper’s hawks, white-tailed deer and fence lizards are not uncommon.

The trail is divided into two sections with a north loop and a south loop; two connectors are available to make your hike longer or shorter. White connector 2 on the south loop is approximately 2.25 miles long. White Connector 3 on the North Loop is approximately .60 mile long. In addition there is a .30 mile spur on the South Loop that leads to a scenic overlook.

Having a trail map or topographic map is strongly suggested before using this trail.

North Loop
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
4.25 Miles 4 hours, 15 minutes Loop Green 1.) On Hwy. 134, 1.2 miles south of the trail information center; 2.) On Ridgecrest Road off Hwy. 134
South Loop
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
9.25 Miles 9 hours, 15 minutes Loop Red 1.) On Hwy. 134, 1.2 miles south of the trail information center; 2.) On Ridgecrest Road off Hwy. 134