Crabtree Cove Trail

Comprised of three separate loops, the Crabtree Cove Trail spans a total of a little under 3 miles of trail surface. Nestled near the Stockton Lake Dam, this trail is located conveniently just minutes from the town of Stockton and less than an hour’s drive from Springfield, MO!

photo: Family of Four

Length: 2.59 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Type: Fitness Trail, Nature Trail
Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation

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Location: Located on Stockton Lake in Stockton, Missouri, the Crabtree Cove Trail is conveniently placed on the north side of the lake near the Stockton Lake Dam and just minutes from the town of Stockton.
State(s): Missouri
Counties: Cedar County, Missouri
Longitude: -93.750459
Latitude: 37.692760

Driving Directions

From Springfield, Missouri, take MO-13 N out of Springfield approximately 31.5 miles to MO-32 W. Take MO-32 W at Bolivar to the East Entrance of the Stockton Lake Dam (approximately 20.5 miles). Turn left onto Stockton Lake Drive. The parking lot and trailhead are on the first left.
From Stockton, Missouri, take MO-32 E from the square approximately 1 mile to the West Entrance of the Stockton Lake Dam. Turn right onto Stockton Lake Drive. Parking lot and trailhead are located on the East side of the dam, south side of the road.


While there are several trails offered around the dam area, the Crabtree Cove Trail seems to be the most popular and frequently used by the visiting public. Nestled just off Highway 32, this trail offers easy access to jump off the main road and take a hike through nature. Many residents enjoy the accessibility for hikes, bird watching, picnic lunches and swimming!
The Crabtree Cove Trail sits on the very East end of the Stockton Lake Dam. It’s first trailhead is located at the North end of our east dyke and runs south to our Crabtree Cove Campground. Popular for family strolls, this trail is obviously family friendly and can be as easy or challenging as you prefer! Hike the main Crabtree Cove Trail or use the two additional loops to dive a little deeper into nature. This trail boasts a restroom on each end and several benches along the way if you wish to sit and take the nature in! The Quarry Loop is nestled along the waters’ edge in the ever-so-popular Crabtree Quarry. A popular place for family pictures, the Quarry Loop offers many photo opportunities for many species, not just humans! If you are interested in a quieter, less travelled addition, the Overlook Loop of the Crabtree Cove Trail is right up your alley! Also placed conveniently near the shoreline, this loop will keep you on your toes with an abundance of different flora and fauna.
Pets are allowed on all US Army Corps of Engineers operated trails on Stockton Lake, if they are on leashes six foot or less. The trails are routinely patrolled by Corps of Engineers Park Rangers as well as Cedar County Sheriff’s Office deputies, especially in the summer months when we have a dedicated lake deputy. As always, though-- if you see something, say something! Put in place through a partnership with Stockton Trails Initiative Coalition, several trash bag stands can be found along the trail. This allows for visitors to bring bags to place in the boxes or take bags out of the box to pick up trash along the trail. Trash cans are located at trailheads and sporadically along the walking paths. Volunteers are used to clean the Crabtree Cove trail during the peak recreation season but as always, Pack Out What You Pack In!!! No motor vehicles are allowed on the Crabtree Cove Trail.

Additional Details

Width: 60 inches.
Primary Surface: Crushed Rock
Secondary Surface: Asphalt
Crushed Rock

Average Grade: 5%
Maximum Grade: 15%
Elevation Low Point: 873
Elevation High Point: 922
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Map: Crabtree Cove Trail Detailed Map
Website: US Army Corps of Engineers, Stockton Lake
Website: STIC Trail Descriptions

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:
Gina Hill
Natural Resource Specialist
US Army Corps of Engineers
16435 E Stockton Lake Drive
Stockton, MO 65785
[email protected]




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