Ridge Runner Trail

photo: Ridge Runner Trail. Photo by USFS.

Length: 22.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: In Mark Twain NF connects Noblett Lake and North Fork trailheads.
State(s): Missouri
Counties: Douglas, Howell
Longitude: -92.09287
Latitude: 36.90573

Driving Directions

Noblett Lake Trailhead: From Willow Springs,MO,take route 76 to Rt 181 South. Proceed to Route AP, go south 3 miles to Noblett Rec Area (on right).
North Fork Trailhead: 4 miles north east of Dora, MO,on Hwy CC; Or 16 mi west of West Plains,MO on Hwy CC.


The Ridge Runner Trail extends from Noblett Lake to the North Fork Recreation Area, and travels through the rough, beautiful Missouri Ozarks. The diverse vegetation along the trail includes native wild flowers and remnant prairie species, oak-hickory, shortleaf pine, and bottom land forests. The eight-mile loop trail around Noblett Lake, the twelve-mile loop in Steam Mill Hollow, and the Ozark Trail offer other hiking opportunities.

Additional Details

Width: 18 inches.
Primary Surface: Snow or Ice
Secondary Surface: Snow or ice

Average Grade: 12%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Brochure: USFS Trail Map/Overview
Website: USFS Trail Details

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Mark Twain National Forest
Ava/Cassville/Willow Springs Ranger District .
103 So Jefferson, PO Box 188
Ava, MO 65608
(417) 683-4428
[email protected]



Ridge Runner Trail. Photo by USFS.

Ridge Runner Trail. Photo by USFS.


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