Trace Creek Dogwood Ride

Post a narrative about your trip on the Ozark Trail

Trace Creek Dogwood Ride

Postby laforbes » Mon May 14, 2007 1:46 pm

Over the weekend of April 28th, the Ozark Rough Riders held its First Annual Dogwood Ride at the Hazel Creek Camp Grounds on the Trace Creek Section of the OT. There were nine Rough Riders in attendance, with three guests joining us on Sunday. The weather was fabulous as was the riding, fellowship and food. Sat. Night's BBQ was catered by Awe Right General Store on Highway 8, Berryman - Brenda is an excellent cook and very accommodating. It sure was nice to relax around the camp fire after a long day in the saddle and not worry about dinner. Each campsite is set up with permanent line tie posts, huge cooking/fire grates, and picnic taables. The sites are flat, spacious and shaded, with the lovely Hazel Creek running by. The campground is "primitive", with an outhouse and no potable water. We would give this campground a B+ for equine camping. One drawback is that it is apparently a favoirte for hunters, which in Missouri also means ATVs. The other issue is that the road CR 657 from Y to the campground has a very long, steep grade which is a challenge pulling a horse trailer without a 4x4 (we had on rig that had to be pulled up after the horses were unloaded). We have been told, however, that an alternative route exists via Pigeon Roost Rd., off of Highway 8 or Y. (also note, the Ozark Trail Guidebook says that Hazel Creek Campground is 1.3 miles on CR 657. This is wrong! It is at least 5 miles!

Trail Report:
Saturday, leaving the trail head, we rode south on the Trace Creek Section for about 8-10 miles (we're not sure because we couldnl't get our GPS to work right) and then backtracked. The trail was in very good condition overall. There were, however, a few large downed trees crossing the trail which will require chain sawing. We did what trail maintenance we could clearing small brush - as we rode along.
Sunday, we rode north on the Courtois Creek Section for about 6-8 miles each way. This section was also in good repair with the exception of a couple of downed rees.

Oh, yeah, about those Dogwoods, there really weren't any blooming to speak of due to the unexpected cold snap earlier in April. But it still was a gloriously beautiful weekend, and there's always next year to look forward to the Dogwoods.

We are also posting a few pictures.

Feel free to e-mail us if anyone is interested in joining us for a future ride on the OT. We ride gaited, but all breeds are welcome, (as long as yo don't mind trotting).

Happy trails,
OTA members
Melissa Rheniecker
Linda Forbes
Image
laforbes
 
Posts: 74
Joined: Thu Apr 05, 2007 8:25 am
Location: Steelville, Alton,IL

Trace Creek Dogwood Ride Pictures

Postby laforbes » Thu May 17, 2007 3:04 pm

Here are the pictures for the Trace Creek Dogwood Ride:

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Hope you enjoy the pictures. (Hope I did this right)

Linda Forbes
laforbes
 
Posts: 74
Joined: Thu Apr 05, 2007 8:25 am
Location: Steelville, Alton,IL

Postby ChrisS » Thu May 17, 2007 3:11 pm

Looks like a great ride! Stinks that the flowers were all gone, its just been a wierd year so far.
ChrisS
 
Posts: 86
Joined: Mon Mar 26, 2007 7:07 am
Location: Washington, MO


Return to Trip Reports

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests

cron