Leo Drey Forest 2221

Total Miles
15.7

Elevation

422.72 ft

Duration

1.5 Hours

Technical Rating

6

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Leo Drey 2221 is a well-maintained gravel road that takes you through the Mark Twain National Forest. As you take County Road 565, it leads you through private property which then leads you to Forest Road 2221. You will first come to the signs for Loggers Lake which is a nice recreation site that has camping, fishing, and boating. The only downside to this lake is the locked restrooms at the day-use site. From there you continue down the road where you will find beautiful scenic views of the forest. At mile 11.5 there is a substantial creek crossing that low clearance vehicles won't be able to cross without serious engine damage. From there the trail ends in the Pioneer Forest which is privately owned but is open for public use through the pre-established trail system called Ozark Trail Blair Creek Section. The Mark Twain National Forest is home to over 650 wildlife species. The Box Turtles are most seen in this area and their favorite spot to sun themselves is in the middle of the road. Please be mindful and be watching out for these little creatures as they just look like a big rock in the road. Missouri is also home to a plethora of bugs so make sure to bring your spray or your defense system. Hardwoods line the forests here along with ferns, mushrooms, Cardinal Flowers, and the Rose Turtlehead.

Photos of Leo Drey Forest 2221

Leo Drey Forest 2221
Leo Drey Forest 2221
Leo Drey Forest 2221

Difficulty

This road is very well maintained until you hit the water crossing at 11.5 miles where a low clearance vehicle wont make it across. The water at a low level is almost 3 feet deep.

History

The Mark Twain National Forest was an untouched land due to ease of access back before the Louisiana Purchase in 1804. This land was then purchased for logging purposes which funded towns and cities until the 1950's when it was turned into a National Park. Since then this area has been protected and managed by the US Forest Service. Here is some more information on the history of this area. https://www.nps.gov/ozar/learn/historyculture/establishment.htm

Technical Rating

6

Status Reports

Tom Wagner
Oct 23, 2023
4x4
Open
Dusty

Access Description

From Bunker, Missouri take County road 565 south. At mile 3 it turns into Bunker 2221 and then you will follow that until you reach the Laxton Hollow trailhead which is at 15.6 miles from the trail start.

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