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at Lake of the Ozarks State Park

Honey Run Trail

  • Bicycling/Mountain Biking
  • Hiking

Length: 12.75 Miles View map

Honey Run Trail is actually three diverse trails in one. Starting at the trailhead along McCubbins Drive, this linear portion of the trail goes through a terrestrial natural community known as the Upland Flatwoods Section. Due to a soil feature known as fragipan, which restricts water movement below the surface, this rare community type has pools of water on the surface half the year and soil that cracks due to lack of water the remainder of the year. This creates a community requiring some unique adaptations.  As you leave the upland flatwoods and drop off the ridge, dry-mesic and dry chert woodlands become the norm before reaching a dry mesic bottomland community and ending at the stream that runs through Honey Run Hollow. From this point the trail branches off into two separate loops.

The south loop runs through a dry-mesic bottomland woodland. This natural community forms a transition between the upland woodlands and wetter mesic bottomland woodlands found in the park. This loop winds around Honey Run Greek. Ozarks sculpins and bleeding shiners, which are found only in the Ozarks, can be found in this creek. Depending on the time of the year, tall bellflowers, spring beauty or river oats can be found growing near the stream bank.

The north loop offers a variety of different community structures. Dry chert and dry-mesic chert woodlands, with their predominately post oak and white oak communities, dominate the uplands, while dry-mesic bottomland woodlands dominate the bottomlands.  Interspaced between these communities are numerous dolomite glades and wonderful views of the lake before the foliage comes out in the spring.

The Upland Flatwoods Section starts at the trailhead on McCubbins Drive and ends at Anderson Hollow Road (a gravel road), where the beginnings of both the north and the south loops can be found. If you want to use only the north or south loops, parking is available along Anderson Hollow Road near the beginning of the south loop. You can travel a round-trip distance of 12.75 miles if you start at the trailhead off McCubbins Drive and travel all three sections.

Uplands Flatwood Section
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
3 Miles, one way   Linear Yellow

North of Ozark Caverns off McCubbins Drive; or Off Anderson Hollow Road

North Loop
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
4.25 Miles   Loop Yellow North of Ozark Caverns off McCubbins Drive; or Off Anderson Hollow Road
South Loop
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
2.5 Miles   Loop Yellow North of Ozark Caverns off McCubbins Drive; or Off Anderson Hollow Road

Trail of Four Winds

  • Bicycling/Mountain Biking
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding

Length: 13.5 Miles View map

The longest trail in the park, Trail of Four Winds traverses almost every type of natural community in the park. This diversity provides stunning views of the lake, rock outcrops, seasonal streams, ponds and woodlands. There are two white connectors on this trail to make your experience more diverse or shorter. White connector 2 on the south loop is 2.25 miles long. White connector 3 on the north loop is .6 mile long. In addition, there is a .30 mile spur on the south loop that leads to a scenic overlook. A trail map or topographic map is strongly suggested before using this trail. 

North Loop
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
4.75 Miles 4 hours, 15 minutes Loop Green

On Hwy. 134, 1.2 miles south of the information center; or Near Ozark Homestead Stables off Hwy. 134

South Loop
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
9.25 Miles 9 hours, 15 minutes Loop Red On Hwy. 134, 1.2 miles south of the information center; or Near Ozark Homestead Stables off Hwy. 134