Park Trails

at Current River State Park

Centennial Bluff Trail

  • Hiking

Length: 1.40 miles

Trail Rating: Moderate

The rugged terrain of the Centennial Bluff Trail invites hikers to enjoy a ridgetop setting with post oaks, black oaks and naturally occurring shortleaf pine trees that tower above a wide array of native flora. Lush displays of fall-blooming asters and goldenrods can be found here in late summer lasting well into October. Common spring wildflowers such as hepatica and rue anemone are particularly common along this trail, which provides a commanding view of the Current River and may include some rocky steps. Along the trail, hikers can learn about the history of the Missouri state park system through a series of interpretive panels. The trail was named in recognition of the centennial of Missouri State Parks.

You may experience:

  • Slippery conditions and/or downed vegetation
  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Wood or stone steps
  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
1.40 miles 1 hour, 15 minutes Loop Blue Off park entrance road between lower and upper ponds

Current River Trail

  • Backpacking
  • Hiking

Length: 5.25 miles

Trail Rating: Rugged

NOTE: The trailhead for Current River Trail is located in the southernmost part of Echo Bluff State Park. The trail provides access to many of the park’s amenities before traveling to Current River State Park. An at-grade crossing over Highway 19 is available for hikers using the trail to connect between Current River State Park and Echo Bluff State Park. Hikers should be cautious and watch for traffic. Once in Current River State Park, the trail takes users through the park to the Current River. Along the way, the trail shares tread with the Jones Hollow Trail and the Centennial Bluff Trail. The access point for the trail in Current River State Park has very limited parking.

The larger vision for the Current River Trail is to become a long distance trail expanding south from Echo Bluff State Park trailhead using a section planned through the Ozark National Scenic Riverways to connect to Roger Pryor Pioneer Backcountry and the Ozark Trail. The proposed trail section within the Ozark National Scenic Riverways will follow the Current River corridor so hikers can experience the rugged Ozark landscape and catch impressive views of the Current River. 

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail        
  • Wood or stone steps
  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
  • Bluffs or drop-offs next to trail
  • Water/stream crossings without bridges
  • Road/highway crossing
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
5.25 miles 5 hours, 15 minutes Linear Orange Near Echo Bluff State Park’s southern entrance

Jones Hollow Trail

  • Hiking

Length: 4 miles

Trail Rating: Moderate

Jones Hollow, the namesake of Jones Hollow Trail, is located at the base of the hillside on the far eastern edge of the trail. Highlights of the trail include high quality dry woodlands and a dolomite glade belt that is a signature feature of the Current River Hills region. The bright white petals of flowering dogwood fill the landscape in spring, and sugar maples in the lower reaches of the trail turn a blazing yellow each fall. Old growth, gnarled chinquapin oaks, some more than 200 years old, can be found on rock outcrops. White connector 1 provides access to Ninebark Trail. White connector 2 can be used for a shorter hike on Jones Hollow Trail.

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Low hanging vegetation
  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
  • Water/stream crossings without bridges
  • Road/highway crossing
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette

 

Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
4 miles 3 hours Loop Yellow Northeast corner of park off entrance road

Ninebark Trail

  • Hiking

Length: 2.60 miles

Trail Rating: Moderate

The Ninebark Trail travels through diverse woodlands rich with native wildflowers and old growth white oaks punctuating the landscape. Along the trail, remnants of a former pine plantation can be found and towering shortleaf pine trees still whisper in the gentle winds. At the crest of the trail is a large dolomite glade, a natural community based on shallow bedrock soil and uncommon plants and animals that thrive in the dry landscape. Here, hikers will find ninebark, a flowering shrub that grows on dolomite glades throughout the region. The pale pinkish white flowers attract a suite of pollinating insects each spring. White connector 1 can be used to access Jones Hollow Trail.

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail        
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
2.60 Miles 2 hours Loop Red Southeast corner of the park