Mark Twain National Forest Scenic Drive

Total Miles


483.29 ft



Technical Rating



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.


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.

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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.