Scott County Road 405

Total Miles
5.1

Elevation

100.66 ft

Duration

0.5 Hours

Technical Rating

1

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

The Scott County Road 405, is a sand flat road in lower Scott County, Missouri, which shows one of the more unique terrains the state has to offer. The road features a few turns and bridges crossing over water-diverting channels of the area. The road is mostly sand with gravel near each end, at times the gravel randomly fades in and out to the naturally sandy soil of the area, the difficulty is simple and easy featuring cotton field views of the upper section of the Missouri bootheel.

Photos of Scott County Road 405

Scott County Road 405
Scott County Road 405
Scott County Road 405

Difficulty

The road is very simple, at worst features wet spots and mild water collection that can lead to sandy ruts and soft spots. The typical washboarding, mounding, and potholes exist in the gravel sections near the ends where it meets the main roads. Be careful crossing main roads in the middle section of the 405.

History

The history of roads in the area really developed after the late 1800s into early 1900s when the Little River Drainage Ditch's levies and drainage ditches were constructed and the old swamp that existed in the bootheel was drained for future use and development. Here is a few small videos on some of the history https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sImrKStlSPI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwAlsHk8NpQ

Technical Rating

1

Status Reports

Chris Menz
Mar 23, 2023
1999 Jeep Cherokee
Open

Access Description

From Morley, Missouri, at 37.04311, -89.61071, get on Missouri Route C, and continue east for 3.5 miles, turn right onto the 405 at 37.03929, -89.55321.From the south off US-61 at 36.95398, -89.61795, get on the Scott County 450, continue for 2.9 miles, and turn left onto the 405, at 36.95018, -89.57063, drive for 2 miles on pavement and then the gravel and sand begins.

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