Oak Tower FSR 3104

Total Miles
2.7

Elevation

177.18 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

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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.

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

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.