Park Trails

at Echo Bluff State Park

Painter Ridge Trail

  • Bicycling/Mountain Biking
  • Hiking

Length: 2 miles View map

Trail Rating: Moderate

Painter Ridge Trail is a great introduction to mountain biking and to Echo Bluff State Park. Signed in a clockwise direction of travel, the trail includes two loops. The trail’s route weaves through ravines, along waterfalls and around bluffs where it offers scenic opportunities, including an excellent view of Sinking Creek. The trail is enhanced with two bike challenge routes (white connector 1 is .10 miles and white connector 2 is .03 miles). The challenge routes include elevated trail features such as ladder bridges, narrow balance features, ramps and boardwalks. The trail includes features to test all skill levels and is designed so all riders can enjoy and challenge themselves while exploring the Ozark terrain. If a user completes both loops and both white connectors going in a clockwise direction, they will have completed 3.25 miles of trail. A .50-mile spur connects to the special-use camping area and there is also an access to the day-use area off the north loop. 

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail        
  • Physically challenging obstacles
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
South Loop
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
1.10 miles 50 minutes Loop Red Near park overlook
North Loop
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
.90 mile 40 minutes Loop Blue Near park overlook