Wappapello Section
Introduction

This section runs from Sam A. Baker State Park to Lake Wappello before ending near Hendrickson. It will eventually connect to the Victory section.

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Overview

The Lake Wappapello section of the Ozark Trail begins at the southern entrance to Sam A. Baker State Park, and follows the St. Francis River south for 15 miles through woodlands and field bottoms until it reaches Lake Wappapello at Old Greenville National Historical Site. It then continues south another 15 miles through rolling oak and pine forest hill country and ends at the Black River 8 miles north of Poplar Bluff. Water is available at creeks along most of the trail.

Additional miles can be incorporated to this section by connecting the scenic 12-mile Mudlick trail at Sam A. Baker or connecting to the 15-mile Wappapello Trail via a 5-mile spur trail near Highway 172.

Current Trail Conditions

As of 07/14/2012, the condition is:
Open. Tornado Damage. Watch for Flooding.

From Sam A Baker to #53 parking area the trail is well used and easy to follow. 

Tornado damage from 5/25/2011 storms south of #53 parking area. The trail is NOT PASSABLE from 1 mi south of #53 parking to 3/4 mi north of #56 parking.  There are also some trees down between #56 and #60, but you can get through.

The loop between Hwy 67 and Hwy F was just sawed and cleared. Also reported clear from Hwy 67 north to Hwy FF.

Trees have been reported down 1/4 mile south of the loop and Hwy F parking.

Hwy O to 172 has also been reported mostly clear.

Send us a report if you have been out enjoying this great weather.

Popular with equestrians, Sam A Baker to Hwy 34 and the loop see the most activity. Seasonal growth can be expected. Some parts subject to flooding. If you have been on this section recently send us a report.

Trail Statistics


Hiking

Biking

Equestrian
Distance:35 miles
Difficulty:Moderate to Difficult
Camping:

Campgrounds: Sam A. Baker. Not permitted on Corps of Engineers property except north of Highway 67 (a primative area).

Total Ascent:2150' N-to-S; 2100' S-to-N (refers to total gain of all climbs on trail)
Topo Quads:Patterson, Greenville, Greenville SW, Hendrickson
Restrictions:

none

Trailheads and Directions
Sam A Baker State Park Trailhead

From Fredericktown, MO...
Head south on US-67 for 30 mi.
Turn right on Hwy 34 and continue for 3.8 mi.
Turn right on Hwy 143 and continue for 4 mi.
to the trailhead access and parking.

From Greenville, MO...
Head north on US-67 for about 5 mi.
Turn left on Hwy 34 and continue for 3.8 mi.
Turn right on Hwy 143 and continue for 4 mi.
to the trailhead access and parking.

Hwy 143 Trailhead

From Fredericktown, MO...
Head south on US-67 for 30 mi.
Turn right on Hwy 34 and continue for 3.8 mi.
Turn right on Hwy 143 and continue for 3.5 mi. to the trail access and parking on the right.

From Greenville, MO...
Head north on US-67 for about 5 mi.
Turn left on Hwy 34 and continue for 3.8 mi.
Turn right on Hwy 143 and continue for 3.5 mi. to the trail access and parking on the right.

Hwy 34 Trailhead

From Fredericktown, MO...
Head south on US-67 for 30 mi.
Turn right on Hwy 34 and continue for 2.3 mi. to the trail access and parking.

From Greenville, MO...
Head north on US-67 for about 5 mi.
Turn left on Hwy 34 and continue for 3.8 mi.
Turn right on Hwy 34 and continue for 2.3 mi. to the trail access and parking.

#53 Parking

From Fredericktown, MO...
Head south on US-67 for 30 mi.
Turn right on Hwy 34 and continue for 3.5 mi.
Turn left on CR-313 and continue for .5 mi.
Take the first left to stay on CR-313 and continue for 1 mi.
Take a slight left onto Joe Bill Bluff Rd. and go .7 mi. to the trail access and parking.

From Greenville, MO...
Head north on US-67 for about 5 mi.
Turn left on Hwy 34 and continue for 3.5 mi.
Turn left on CR-313 and continue for .5 mi.
Take the first left to stay on CR-313 and continue for 1 mi.
Take a slight left onto Joe Bill Bluff Rd. and go .7 mi. to the trail access and parking.

CR380 / #56 Parking

From Greenville, MO...
Head south on US-67 for 2.4 mi.
Turn right on Hwy FF and continue for 4.5 mi.
Turn right on CR-380 and continue for .3 mi to the trailhead access and parking.

From Poplar Bluff, MO...
Head north on US-67 for 24 mi.
Turn left on Hwy FF and continue for 4.5 mi.
Turn right on CR-380 and continue for .3 mi to the trailhead access and parking.

Hwy FF / #58 Parking

From Greenville, MO...
Head south on US-67 for 2.4 mi.
Turn right on Hwy FF and continue for 3 mi.
Trailhead access and parking is on the right.

From Poplar Bluff, MO...
Head north on US-67 for 24 mi.
Turn left on Hwy FF and continue for 3 mi.
Trailhead access and parking is on the right.

Hwy 67 / #60 Trailhead

From Greenville, MO...
Head south on US-67 for 3.5 mi.
Trailhead access is on the left.


From Poplar Bluff, MO...
Head north on US-67 for 23 mi.
Trailhead access is on the right.

Hwy F Parking

From Greenville, MO...
Head south on US-67 for 6 mi.
Turn left on Hwy F and follow for 1 mi. to the trailhead access on the right.


From Poplar Bluff, MO...
Head north on US-67 for 20 mi.
Turn right on Hwy F and follow for 1 mi. to the trailhead access on the right.

Hwy 172 Trailhead

From Greenville, MO...
Head south on US-67 for 14 mi.
Turn left on Hwy 172 and follow for 1 mi.
Trailhead access and parking is on the left.

From Poplar Bluff, MO...
Head north on US-67 for 12 mi.
Turn right on Hwy 172 and follow for 1 mi.
Trailhead access and parking is on the left.

Maps
Wappapello 1
Miles 0 to 7

Wappapello 2
Miles 7 to 13

Wappapello 3
Miles 13 to 19

Wappapello 4
Miles 19 to 26

Wappapello 5
Miles 26 to 34

Photos
Contacts
US Army Corps of Engineers
Wappapello Lake Office

John Daves
10992 Hwy T
Wappepello, MO 63966-9603
(573) 222-8562

Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Sam A. Baker State Park

Randy Clay
RFD 1 Box 114
Patterson, MO 63956
(573) 856-4411

Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Lake Wappapello State Park

Wanda Doolen
HC Route 2, Box 102
Williamsville, MO 63967
(573) 297-3232

US Forest Service
Mark Twain National Forest
Poplar Bluff District

Poplar Bluff District Office
1420 Maud St
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
(573) 785-1475