Skyline Drive - FS 150

Total Miles
7.2

Elevation

443.23 ft

Duration

0.5 Hours

Technical Rating

1

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Skyline Drive FS 150, also named McAdoo on some maps due to proximity to McAdoo Creek, is the 7.3-mile long forestry road (the far west portion being 1 mile paved and the eastern 6.3 miles being maintained gravel) from Hercules, MO to the Pinnacle Mountain intersection. This is a primary road within the network of and directly off the official Glade Top National Scenic Byway, within Mark Twain National Forest, Ava Unit. If desiring widespread views, of natural ridge-top forest scenery, across the northern Ozark landscape, look no further. Skyline Drive, boasts breathtaking views for miles, showing off the rolling hilly area surrounding the maintained gravel road, the Glade Top primary roads are the foundational means of traversing the area from point to point or to the access points of the side trails. On Skyline Drive there are many dispersed camping sites roadside, overlooks such as Bald Camp (found at 36.73786, -92.84066), and small spur roads, along with historic spots of previous human settlements and homesteads. On the western end is the notable Pinnacle Mountain intersection at 36.73202, -92.77741, where the Skyline Drive FS 150 meets the Glade Top FS 147, both directions of the FS 147 have individual feature trails within OnX, titled separately as Glade Top South and Glade Top North.

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Skyline Drive - FS 150
Skyline Drive - FS 150
Skyline Drive - FS 150

Difficulty

The difficulty of the Skyline Drive FS 150 is minimal. Along its track, you'll encounter mild graded inclines/declines, potholes, washboard, and mounding of the gravel. In spots, there may also be natural rock sticking out at the road surface. It's given a 1/10 for this simplicity. Difficulty could increase in times of wet and inclement conditions and after heavy use, but the road is rarely left in a rough state.

History

The Glade Top Trail is a Civilian Conservation Corps [CCC] built road that was designated a Scenic Byway in 1989. Portions of Forest Roads 147, 149, and 150 comprise the trail. The trail follows a series of ridgetops through the central glade area of the White River Hills. The Glade Top Trail is little changed from the original road constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the late 1930s. For twenty-three miles, the two-lane, all-weather gravel road follows narrow ridge tops rising approximately 500 feet above the surrounding rolling countryside and overlooks and passes through many limestone/dolomite glades interspersed with open and closed woodlands. (Sourced from the USDA website.)

Technical Rating

1

Status Reports

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Access Description

The FS 150 is a primary road within the network of the Glade Top Scenic Byway, traversing 7.3 miles east to west. This specific section branches westward from the Glade Top FS 147. The east endpoint is at the Pinnacle Mountain intersection at 36.73202, -92.77741, and the western FS 150 endpoint is at 36.72071, -92.88129, off Missouri Route 125, north of the small settlement of Hercules, Missouri.

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