Oak Tower FSR 3104

Total Miles
2.7

Elevation

177.18 ft

Duration

0.5 Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Oak Tower FSR 3104 is a mild scenic gravel road through the Poplar Bluff sector of Mark Twain National Forest. The main focus of the Oak Tower is the Tower it provides access to, the tower still stands roughly .5 miles into the trail. Sadly it is no longer climbable but remains as a landmark in the area. After the Tower, the trail features a well-maintained gravel road throughout, that features mild graded hills and sweeping turns. In the valley section, there is a low water bridge area where there are three back to back to back checkered block low water bridges, one of which has a constant trickle flowing through it. The worst the trail could feature is mild washboarding, and mounding of gravel in between maintenances, it could be a very fun snow wheeling road if snow covered the area.

Photos of Oak Tower FSR 3104

Oak Tower FSR 3104
Oak Tower FSR 3104
Oak Tower FSR 3104

Difficulty

The road features mild graded hills, a small water crossing at the low water bridges, and a solid gravel road throughout, mild washboarding and mounding of gravel could be potential in between maintenances.

History

The fire lookout tower was constructed as a New Deal project in 1941, potentially by the CCC. It is in reasonably good condition though it is no longer in use and the initial stair has been removed for safety reasons. Sourced from Livingnewdeal.org

Technical Rating

2

Status Reports

Steven Wood
Apr 13, 2024
4x4
Open
This is a nice scenic little forest service road. It's mostly gravel with one little water crossing which was only a few inches deep. It can easily be driven in a 2WD.
Chris Menz
Feb 07, 2023
1999 Jeep Cherokee
Open

Access Description

From the intersection of Missouri Route-W and Westwood Blvd/US Route-60, at 36.79336, -90.43903, head Northeast onto Missouri Route-W for 4.2 miles, then turn right to stay on MO-W for an additional 3.5 miles, the Oak Hill Tower entrance will be on your left, at 36.87654, -90.39899.

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