Shepard Cutoff - 2228

Total Miles


468.91 ft


0.5 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Summer

Trail Overview

Shepard Cutoff 2228 is the gateway to Bell Mountain Wilderness which is a 9,143 acre wilderness located right outside of Caledonia, Missouri. This road is well-maintained with gravel and curves through the Mark Twain National Forest which encompasses 1.5 million acres. Along this route, you will come to the Shepard Cutoff -Trail Head that starts the 8.1-mile trek. From there you will continue down this road to the road to Legacy Mountain 2359. This route leads you to a 2.1-mile hike to Legacy Mountain and back. There you can find a registration box and TH sign. This trail provides little to no cell service so be prepared. Dispersed camping is available but is primitive with no running water or restrooms. Missouri is home to some serious thunderstorms along with tornados. Make sure to check the weather and all local information pertaining to the area. Flash flooding can occur and creeks can rise without notice. The Mark Twain National Forest is home to over 650 wildlife species. Bell Mountain Wilderness is lined with Oak and Hickory trees. The Box Turtle can be found in the middle of the road sunning themselves so be ready as they are everywhere. Some interestingly named species include the Hellbender also known as snot otter however you might also spot a black bear so take bear precautions while at camp. The Mark Twain National Forest will definitely not disappoint with its endless massive rainforest canopy that spans for miles.

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Shepard Cutoff - 2228
Shepard Cutoff - 2228


This is an easy gravel road, however winter months this could be a very difficult and unpassable road due to ice and snow. Check local conditions before heading to this trail.


The Bell Mountain Wilderness was named after the family who once owned this land and farmed this area. Here is a website with more history of the area

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Access Description

Take Hwy 21 to Highway 32 then left on FR 2228. To continue to Lindsey Trail Head take a right onto FR 2359.FR 2359 dead-ends at the trailhead.

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