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at Pomme de Terre State Park

Cedar Bluff Trail

  • Hiking

Length: 1.5 Miles View map

Cedar Bluff Trail generally follows the rocky bluffs along both sides of an upland ridge protruding into Pomme de Terre Lake.  The trail passes through mature stands of oak, hickory, ash and scattered maple trees as well as areas of eastern red cedar and chinquapin oaks that are indicative of the thin soils found along ridge tops.  Along the way, deer, wild turkey, cardinals, purple finches and numerous other animals and birds may be seen or heard. Wildflowers as well as redbud and dogwood trees are in bloom during spring. Fall foliage brings more color and winter offers spectacular views after the trees have shed their leaves. 

The main loop is signed in a counterclockwise direction. For those hiking from the campground, the main trail can be reached using a .30-mile spur located across from the check station. Three benches along the trail are perfect places for the hiker to stop, catch their breath and take in scenic views of the lake. A fourth bench and a small wooden span over a wet-weather drainage creek are located along the campground spur. Caution should be used when crossing the beach access road; the trail and white connector intersect this road in three areas. Using white connector 1 shortens the hike by approximately half.

Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
1.5 Miles 1 hour, 10 minutes Loop Yellow

South side of the Hermitage campground restroom

Indian Point Trail

  • Hiking

Length: 2.75 Miles View map

Indian Point Trail meanders through open woodlands to a scenic overlook on Pomme de Terre Lake.  The trail passes through mature stands of oak and hickory and an occasional glade opening.  Along the way, deer, wild turkey, summer tanagers, woodpeckers and numerous other animals and birds may be seen or heard. Hikers can see several species of wildflowers such as Missouri evening primrose, purple coneflowers and rose verbena plus native grasses such as big bluestem and Indian grass. Fall foliage brings more color and winter offers spectacular views after the trees have dropped their leaves.

The main loop is signed in a clockwise direction. Along the main trail are four benches located in areas where the hiker can stop, rest and take in scenic views of the lake.   Caution should be used when crossing any park roads. By using white connector 2, a shorter hike of approximately 2.20 miles is possible.

Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
2.75 Miles 2 hours, 10 minutes Loop Blue 1) At the Pittsburg campground entrance; 2) Near Pittsburg public beach (this area is gated from the Monday after Labor Day until the Friday before Memorial Day)