Park Trails

at Echo Bluff State Park

Current River Trail

  • Backpacking
  • Hiking

Length: 5.25 miles View map

Trail Rating: Rugged

Current River Trail begins in the southernmost part of Echo Bluff State Park and connects users to the park amenities as it travels through the day-use area, across the bridge, past Painter Ridge trailhead and to the campground. The trail continues to and travels through Current River State Park to the Current River. 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. The hike from the trailhead in Echo Bluff State Park to the Current River is 5.25 miles one-way; the section of trail within Echo Bluff State Park is 1.3 miles.

The larger vision is for the trail to become a long distance trail expanding south from Echo Bluff State Park trailhead and using a section planned through the Ozark National Scenic Riverways to connect to Roger Pryor Pioneer Backcountry and to 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
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette


Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
5.25 miles 5 hours, 15 minutes Linear Orange Near park's southern entrance