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
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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

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
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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