Bill Smith Hollow FSR 2064

Total Miles
1.4

Elevation

247.37 ft

Duration

0.75 Hours

Technical Rating

5

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Bill Smith Hollow FSR 2064, is a naturally surfaced trail through the Fredericktown Sector of Mark Twain National Forest. This trail is a short trail that packs a punch, first, it begins on Madison County Road 408, in the bottoms near Captain Creek. The 408 fades into a mild natural trail shortly after it passes the last property on the right, soon the trail has a natural red dirt clay section that appears seemingly out of nowhere. After passing the clay section the trail progressively degrades to golf to softball-sized rock at its base to having some bigger rocks scattered throughout with small ledges and washed-out ruts as you climb up the main grade this trail rests on. In the middle section of the trail, to the north of the trail, there is a valley, with what appears to be a feeder creek leading to the bottoms on the west end of the trail, and to the south, there is a steep grade uphill. The last section of the trail then descents down a near-equal grade on the opposite side of the hill with more ledges, ruts, and erosion washes to the tail end of the forestry route, there is a small feeder creek that offers a decent turnaround to spin a vehicle around and head back out at 37.45797, -90.46447.

Photos of Bill Smith Hollow FSR 2064

Bill Smith Hollow FSR 2064
Bill Smith Hollow FSR 2064
Bill Smith Hollow FSR 2064

Difficulty

The difficulty in this trail is in the larger loose rock, scattered throughout the trail, mixed with a moderate grade up and down the hill, off-camber ruts, erosion washes, and steep drops-offs with a generally narrow trail. Pinstripes are very likely. The hard rock sections require picking wise lines to avoid loosing traction or dragging on the rocks, be warned Missouri rock is sharp, and limit wheel spin if possible to avoid shearing or sidewall damage to tires. Some spots feature hard lines and easy lines where the trail widens, which can feature up to 18-24" ledges. In the event of wet conditions and rain, this trail does get wet, muddy, and slick, especially in the red clay section, water collection spots tend to form and can be up to a foot deep, the difficulty does increase reasonably in these conditions.

Technical Rating

5

Status Reports

Chris Menz
Apr 19, 2024
1999 Jeep Cherokee
Open
Normal
Muddy/Wet
Great Trail for offroading and to camp.
Chris Menz
Mar 09, 2024
1999 Jeep Cherokee
Open
Normal
Muddy/Wet
As always an amazing trail to hit and enjoy.
Chris Menz
Jan 20, 2024
1999 Jeep Cherokee
Open
Normal
Muddy/Wet
Snow/Ice
Trail looks normal in terms of rock, gravel, dirt, and shelves, but has lite snow coverage, and hard solid ice in spots due to the mix of snow fall, melting at the hill tops, then refreezing in the valley with the single digit temps of the last two weeks.
Chris Menz
Oct 28, 2023
1999 Jeep Cherokee
Open
Normal
Muddy/Wet
Trail has leaves everywhere, causing traction loss through out the trail. Mixed with the heavy rain we had on this weekend, all the water collection spots and mud holes are full again. Leaves change in color are beautiful this time of year.

Access Description

From the intersection of US-67 and Missouri Route E, at 37.52175, -90.31354, head west on MO-E for 5.4 miles, then turn left onto Missouri Route O, at 37.50899, -90.40325, continue for 5 miles, then MO-O turns into a gravel road (the Madison County Road 425) at 37.44820, -90.43623, continue on this for .6 mile, turn right on to the Madison County Road 408, at 37.44637, -90.44577, you are now on the trail.

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