Location: Near the N end of Wappapello Lake outside Greenville.
From Poplar Bluff Missouri, travel 30 miles north to the Greenville Recreation Area exit, turn right and then left. Go north 1/4 mile and turn right onto D Hwy. Travel 2 miles to the Johnson Tract Trail Head on your right.
The trail is located in the Johnson Tract Natural Area, an area of primarily mixed hardwood and pine forests. It follows an old roadway and meanders along ridge tops for most of its length, but also traverses a river bottom field for a short distance. Because the forested Johnson Tract is adjacent to agricultural lands, the area provides excellent habitat for many species. There are numerous opportunities for hikers to observe wildlife, including deer, wild turkey, and even beaver.
Hunting and trapping is allowed in the Johnson Tract Natural Area. No discharging of firearms or trapping within 500 feet of parking area and/or trail is allowed. All rules and regulations governing use of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water resources development projects apply.
Width: 72 inches.
Primary Surface: Gravel
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: 377
Elevation High Point: 708
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available
Year Designated: 1990
Supporting Webpages and DocumentsWebsite: USACE website for Wappapello Lake
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.
US Army Corps of Engineers
10992 Hwy. T
Wappapelo, MO 63966 -9603
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The Johnson Tract Nature Trail is a 4.7-mile loop trail open to pedestrian-traffic only. The trail is well maintained and provides a secluded walk through the woods with scenic features, including remnants of old homesites and wildlife-viewing opportunities.
The trail was resurfaced after windstorm damage in 2017. It is now composed of a wide gravel surface for its entire length that follows the path of an old roadbed and is mostly shaded by the canopy of a mixed hardwood forest. As it is placed on a roadbed, there are some moderate grade changes where the trail transitions from ridge top to bottomland areas.
To note, there is a short spur trail off the main loop that formerly led to an overlook of a wetland area, but it did not appear to be maintained at this time. Also, the designated backcountry campsites were removed when the trail was re-worked and camping is no longer allowed in this area.
The trailhead is located directly off of HWY D in the Johnson Tract Natural Area of Wappapello Lake with adequate parking. There are no other amenities. While in the area, be sure to check out the four other National Recreation Trails designated in this land management unit. Please remember to leave no trace and pack out your trash while hiking the trail.
March 26, 2021
Hiked this trail early summer of 2017. Got about a half mile in or so but turned around. Counted over 100 downed trees in trail. Has this section been cleared yet? I really would like to finish this trail.
May 19, 2018
Johnson Tract Trail
Hiked the trail 11/05/2017. Corps of Engineers has a closed sign at the trailhead due to a tornado or high winds that toppled many trees which are blocking and obscuring the trail. Made the hike quite a bit more challenging.
November 5, 2017
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