Running River Trail

The Running River Trail is located in Outlet Park just below Pomme de Terre Dam. The looped trail meanders along the Pomme de Terre River and then takes you through Oak, Hickory, and Eastern Red Cedar Forest. The trail is approximately 3.1 miles long however a short cut-off is available to those who want to enjoy the outdoors but not the rolling terrain.

photo: The trail winds along the Pomme de Terre River.

Length: 3.10 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Type: Fitness Trail, Mountain Bike Trail, Nature Trail
Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (off pavement)
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation

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Location: In Outlet Park on Pomme de Terre Lake near Hermitage, MO.
State(s): Missouri
Counties: Hickory
Longitude: -93.32194
Latitude: 37.90271

Driving Directions

From Hermitage, MO turn south onto HWY 254 for 3 miles to Carsons Corners, Turn right continuing onto HWY 254 for 2 miles across the dam to Outlet Park Entrace, Turn right onto park road and follow down the hill and turn left into Ballfield Picnic Shelter. Trailhead is in the northwest corner of parking lot.


The Healthy Active Community Running River Trail was finished in 2009 by a combination of several entities. The US Army Corps of Engineers, Hermitage School District, Hickory County Health Department, and Hickory County Community Improvement Coalition were all involved in the design and implementation of this trail. All of these partners and numerous volunteers have invested time, effort and funds for the development of the 3.1 mile trail.

The Running River Trail was created to promote healthier lifestyles by providing an outdoor recreational opportunity for people of all ages. The 3.1 mile looped trail meanders along the Pomme de Terre River for one and one-fourth miles before looping back through a beautiful stand of timber containing Oak, Hickory, and Easter Red Cedars. The trail continues through the timber before looping back and joining up at the trailhead entrance. A short cutoff is available for those that would like to enjoy being outdoors without experiencing the rolling terrain. The cutoff is approximately one-half mile long.

The trail is wonderful for all activities including hiking, jogging, and biking. It is layered with a crushed rock path that is eight feet wide, allowing for easy navigation through the trail as well as providing a solid surface. The creation of this trail in Outlet Park has brought in a large number of visitors while also providing an area for campers and others to enjoy the outdoors. Because this is the only trail of its kind in the area it gets lots of use. The Hermitage School District cross country team practices on the trail every day after school and they host a cross country meet each fall and then the district meet is also held on the Running River Trail. This has brought in as many as 40 schools to the trail to participate in the cross country meet. The Hickory County Community Improvement Coalition also hosts an annual 5K running event at the Running River Trail. This April will be their fifth race and the number of participants grows each year.

Additional Details

Width: 96 inches.
Primary Surface: Crushed Rock
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 6%
Maximum Grade: 14%
Elevation Low Point: 755
Elevation High Point: 870
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

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.

Public Contact:
Bradley Myers
Operations Project Manager
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Rt 2 Box 2160
Hermitage, MO 65668
(417) 745-6411
[email protected]



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