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Solitude reigns in the Missouri park system’s largest undeveloped area, the Roger Pryor Pioneer Backcountry. The 60,000-acre tract in a remote corner of the Ozarks is part of the state’s largest privately owned forest. The backcountry contains nearly 30 miles of trails and includes nearly 15 miles of frontage on the pristine Current River. Two natural areas in the backcountry add to the solitude hikers will find.

Park Hours

Sunrise to sunset


Eminence, MO

Phone number

  • Park Office: (573) 546-2450
Name that Trail: This trail is designed especially for people with visual or physical disabilities and is designated as a National Recreation Trail. The trail passes by a quarry pond, which now supports a variety of animal life. A short spur off of the trail takes hikers to the top of the granite outcrop, where they can explore the maze of giant elephant rocks. A second spur brings you to a point overlooking an old quarry site, where Missouri red granite was quarried from the 1860s through the early 1900s. Don’t know the answer? Get your copy of Trails of Missouri State Parks and read more about this and other exciting trails in Missouri state parks and historic sites at