5/4/2019 | Bennett Spring State Park | Lebanon, MO
Meet at the Natural Tunnel Trail trailhead for a staff-led adventure. Bring water and a lunch to enjoy at the 296-foot-long natural tunnel. The S-curved tunnel was formed by Gasconade dolomite and contains a large gravel creek bed.
The 7.5-mile trail passes through many different habitats like sunny glades and streams. You’ll enjoy the many different bluffs with tiny caves, sheer rock faces and deep overhangs. The wooded areas are perfect for spotting the abundant wildlife like deer, woodland birds and insects. This rugged trail consists of natural surface, mud, rocks, steep grades and inclines over 10 percent. Bring comfortable hiking shoes, water and a lunch. Insect repellent is highly recommended. The estimated time on the trail will depend on participant stops and inquires along the trail, but it is expected to take a minimum of four and a half hours.
Hike time: 8 a.m.