Funk Tower Road

Total Miles
1.2

Elevation

336.37 ft

Duration

0.5 Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Funk Tower Road is a gravel access road on the Missouri Department of Conservation's Riverside Conservation Area land and is near the neighboring Funk Memorial State Forest and Wildlife Area land, the two plots total 530+ acres of land. The general purpose of the road is to provide access up to the still-standing (as of 9-2023) Firetower and parking lot for exploring the area on foot. The placement of this CA is NEE of the Black River Bottoms Corps of Engineers area and provides a side landmark to see in the area. The road is mostly mild but features a few ruts and erosion along its climb to the hilltop. If you go past the tower to the turnaround loop there is also a small water collection spot there. Outside of this, it is a great scenic landmark of the area that shows the history and old ways of life of the Missouri Ozarks region and surrounding forests.

Difficulty

The Funk Firetower Road is a great entry level road to get your tires dirty, it features the normal gravel road complications such as mounding, washboarding, and potholes, but with the mild grade uphill, can include erosion ruts, washes, and water collection spots, but these are usually all at a mild level, but enough to make some pull the 4wd lever for assurance. Given a 2/10 for the washes, ruts, and water collection spot at the loop. In full mended condition it rides more like a 1/10, but with heavy rain and wet conditions could elevate to more especially with a longer maintenance cycle.

History

The Clearwater Lake earth embankment dam was designed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide water supply, recreation, and flood control to the surrounding local area. Construction on the dam was originally started in 1940 but was not completed until 1948 due to the Second World War.

Technical Rating

2

Status Reports

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Access Description

From the east navigate to Missouri Route 49 at Vulcan, MO, at 37.30982, -90.66273, head west on Missouri Route BB for 3.7 miles to 37.29798, -90.72166, and turn right / north to get on the Funk Tower Road. From the west at Black River Bottoms / Funk Branch Road, at 37.30680, -90.74645, head east on Missouri Route BB for 1.6 miles to 37.29798, -90.72166, turn left / north to get on the Funk Tower Road. You are now on the trail.

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