Glade Top Southwest - FS 149

Total Miles
5.7

Elevation

434.77 ft

Duration

0.5 Hours

Technical Rating

1

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Glade Top Southwest FS 149 is the southwest 5.8-mile section of the maintained gravel forestry road from Fairview, Missouri, to the Wolf Junction intersection. This is the southwest branch of the official Glade Top National Scenic Byway within Mark Twain National Forest, Ava Unit. If desiring widespread views of natural ridge-top forest scenery across the northern Ozark landscape, look no further. Glade Top boasts breathtaking views for miles, showing off the rolling hilly area surrounding the maintained gravel road. These roads are the foundational means of traversing the area from end to end or the access points of the side trails. Side trails are a strong point of the FS 149, featuring access to some of the most popular side trails of Glade Top, including the FS 507, 509, 510, and 912. Along the Scenic Byway, there are many features, including roadside dispersed camping sites (such as 36.66703, -92.84350), the overlook point of Big Creek Basin at 36.67575, -92.80512, and historic spots of previous human activity and homesteads. A notable intersection is at the east endpoint of the Glade Top Southwest FS 149 with the Glade Top South FS 147; this road goes north and south from 36.69654, -92.78411. Also at this intersection is a small picnic park area called Wolf Junction (south side) and an old concrete foundation (north side). This is the closest portion of the Glade Top network to Branson, Missouri, and a great place to start an adventurous day in the area.

Photos of Glade Top Southwest - FS 149

Glade Top Southwest - FS 149
Glade Top Southwest - FS 149
Glade Top Southwest - FS 149

Difficulty

The difficulty of the FS 149 is minimal. Along its track, you'll encounter mild graded inclines/declines, potholes, washboarding, and mounding of the gravel. In spots, there may also be natural rock sticking out at the road surface. It's given a 1/10 for this simplicity. Difficulty could increase in times of wet and inclement conditions or after heavy use, but the road is rarely left in a rough state.

History

The Glade Top Trail is a Civilian Conservation Corps [CCC] built road that was designated a Scenic Byway in 1989. Portions of Forest Roads 147, 149, and 150 comprise the trail. The trail follows a series of ridgetops through the central glade area of the White River Hills. The Glade Top Trail is little changed from the original road constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the late 1930s. For twenty-three miles, the two-lane, all-weather gravel road follows narrow ridge tops rising approximately 500 feet above the surrounding rolling countryside and overlooks and passes through many limestone/dolomite glades interspersed with open and closed woodlands. (Sourced from the USDA website.)

Technical Rating

1

Status Reports

There are no status reports yet for this trail.

Access Description

From the roundabout outside of Branson Landing at 36.63487, -93.21338, head north on Missouri-76 for 12 miles, turn right at the roundabout onto US Route-160 going east for 3 miles, then make a hard right to stay on US-160, continuing east for 15.3 miles. At the triangle intersection, stay left and get onto Missouri-125 headed north for 4.4 miles (passing Fairview, Missouri) to the west entrance of the Glade Top Southwest FS 149 at 36.66013, -92.85181. The east endpoint is at the Wolf Junction intersection at 36.69654, -92.78411, where the Glade Top Southwest FS 149 meets the Glade Top South FS 147.

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