Mark Twain National Forest Scenic Drive

Total Miles
7.2

Elevation

483.29 ft

Duration

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Technical Rating

1

Easy

Best Time

Winter, Fall, Summer, Spring

Trail Overview

This is a Mark Twain National Forest Scenic Byway Drive between Highway 112 and 86 in South West Missouri near Roaring River State Park and Eagle Rock, Missouri. Following NF Road 197 or FR 2275, it is an 8-mile East-West route that consists of well-maintained gravel roads that can be traveled by any vehicle. This area offers many recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts consisting of scenic overlooks, hiking, picnic areas, camping/staging areas, and designated trails for OHV, SXS, four-wheelers, and dirt bikes. It is a great place to experience all four seasons. In the summertime, it consists of dense, lush hardwood forests with limited views of the surrounding landscape. In late fall and winter, the clear trees allow incredible views of the surrounding rugged landscape. In spring, after heavy rains, natural springs and waterfalls can be viewed right off the road. Most of this route does not have cell reception, and it is recommended you download your offline maps ahead of time and have proper signaling devices if setting off on many of the more technical spur roads and trails.

Photos of Mark Twain National Forest Scenic Drive

Mark Twain National Forest Scenic Drive
Mark Twain National Forest Scenic Drive
Mark Twain National Forest Scenic Drive

Difficulty

This is a well-maintained gravel road that can be traveled by any vehicle. There are many spur roads that offer a more technical experience and is almost guaranteed to cause pin striping.

Technical Rating

1

Status Reports

Victoria M
Dec 26, 2023
4x4
Open
Muddy/Wet
Well maintained gravel road. Pretty well any type of vehicle would be able to traverse this road. Numeros off shoots leading to camp areas, some very beautiful views as well. Some of the off shoots had very large middle holes and certainly present a fun challenge for the right kind of vehicle. This trail is worth a drive of you are content with a nice windy drive through the mountains with little to no challenges.
Brent W
Nov 09, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal
Shannon Brown
Oct 16, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal
Jj Bennett
Jul 06, 2023
4x4
Open

Access Description

It is easiest to start your route off highway 112 and NF 197 or FR 2275. When ending the route, you will come to the intersection of FR 1180, turn left to continue on FR 2275 leading you to highway 86.

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