Park Trails

at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park

Goggins Mountain Equestrian Trail

  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding

Length: 10 Miles View map

Trail Rating: Moderate

This loop trail passes through the Goggins Mountain Wild Area – 5,000 acres of oak-hickory forest wilderness, a critical habitat for many songbirds and other animals. Free of roads, powerlines and other development, visitors can experience something increasingly hard to find – wilderness. To extend the hike, use the White Connector that connects Goggins Mountain Equestrian Trail to the Taum Sauk Section of the Ozark Trail. Ozark Trail is not open to equestrians.

Along this trail, be prepared for some uphill climbs and rocky foot tread. The trail crosses several rocky creeks, especially in wet weather. Carry plenty of water, since water to treat for drinking may not be available in the Goggins Mountain Wild Area.

You may experience:

  • Water/stream crossings without bridges
  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
  • Bluffs or drop-offs next to trail
  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail        
  • Low hanging vegetation
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
10 Miles 7 hours, 30 minutes Loop Yellow Off the first parking area at the entrance of the campground off County Road MM