Cape Gir. Co 521 / 520

Total Miles


184.46 ft


0.5 Hours

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Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

The Cape Girardeau County Roads 521 and 520 form a great scenic gravel road and loop with the main road of the area (US-61, with help from Cape Co 510). The roads were constructed around two creeks in the area, Hughes Creek and Buckeye Creek. It features a natural low-water bridge traversing over bedrock at the bottom of Hughes Creek, for roughly 85 feet long. The road has a few water collection spots before it routes uphill as it passes I-55, then it goes over a few rolling hills with concrete-bottomed low-water bridges in the two valleys. These cross Buckeye Creek. A nice little road to experience if you want to adventure off the main road. Be cautious of heavy rain and creek levels, this is the potential to flash flood.

Photos of Cape Gir. Co 521 / 520

Cape Gir. Co 521 / 520
Cape Gir. Co 521 / 520
Cape Gir. Co 521 / 520


Most difficult part would be traversing the creeks if the water is up. outside of that just a simple gravel road with scenery.

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Status Reports

Dustin Jarrett
Apr 27, 2024
2011 Jeep Wrangler
Well maintained gravel road with one shallow creek crossing.

Access Description

From MO-CC and US-61, at 37.53630, -89.67649, head south for .4 mile, and turn right onto Cape Gir. County 520 and follow this west to begin the road, or from MO-CC and US-61 head north for 1.3 miles to Cape Co 510, turn left, follow this west for 1.2 miles, then Cape Co 521 will be on your left at 37.54578, -89.70478.

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