Old Scopus Road

Total Miles
7.4

Elevation

221.30 ft

Duration

0.5 Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Fall, Summer

Trail Overview

The Old Scopus Road, or Bollinger County 302, is a gravel back road connecting Marble Hill, MO to Scopus, MO, that features hill climbs, low land hollows, washed-out rutted edges, low water bridge creek crossings, and swimming holes. The road is an ideal cruising back road, has great rolling hills, plenty of curves, and views of Missouri farmland, powerlines, and small river/creek bottom scenery. Specifically, you will cross Hurricane Creek at Happy Hollow in the southern section, Cedar Branch at Board Tree Hollow in the center, and lastly Hog Creek on the north end of the road. This makes a great means of travel to get to the abundance of offroad-worthy trails on the north side of Bollinger County.

Photos of Old Scopus Road

Old Scopus Road
Old Scopus Road
Old Scopus Road

Difficulty

With any Bollinger County road, you should expect course creek bottom gravel at the base, with large potholes, mounding, washboarding, and sections where the gravel fades to dirt, the 302 features a few areas where water can collect too high enough levels to create a few flood water crossings, though typically these are only at a trickle, due to this possibility, this road will get a 2/10 rating.

History

Considering the name Old Scopus Road, this was once the main thoroughfare between Marble Hill and Scopus area, but was eventually replaced by the bigger paved road of Missouri Route B. On April 5th, 2023 a Tornado ripped through the northern section of the road peeling sheet metal off sheds, moving cars, downing trees, and destroying homes, the small community was hit rather hard, but as of two months later, seems to be alive and well.

Technical Rating

2

Status Reports

Tim Vollmer
Oct 01, 2023
4x4
Open
Dusty
Rough/Deteriorated
Chris Menz
Jun 07, 2023
1999 Jeep Cherokee
Open

Access Description

From Marble Hill, Missouri at the intersection of Missouri-34 and 51, at 37.30557, -89.97566, head east on MO-34 for 1 mile, turn left onto Bollinger County Road 302, at 37.30551, -89.96259, the gravel begins in .2 miles, you are now on the backroad. From Scopus, Missouri, at the intersection of Missouri Routes B, UU, and M, at 37.39920, -89.92204, head south on MO-B for .6 mile, turn right onto the Bo-Co 302, you are now on the backroad.

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