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at Stockton State Park

Nyblad Trail

  • Hiking

Length: .50 Mile View map

Nyblad Trail has a natural surface with a gentle terrain that is easy to hike. Traveling along the shoreline of the Little Sac arm of the Stockton Lake, hikers will be treated to views of the clear water of the lake. The trail passes through secondary woodlands of elm, hickory and oaks.  In the spring, the area is brightened with blooming redbud and dogwood trees. In the fall and winter, squirrels, white-tailed deer, and wild turkey feed on acorns and hickory nuts along the trail. Hikers may see birds that feed or live near water, including great blue herons, barred owls, ospreys and eagles. When rainfall has been plentiful, there are two small creek crossings that may contain water. 

The trail runs between the East and West campgrounds. The trail does not make a complete loop so hikers will need to walk back along the trail or walk a half mile along the campground road to a vehicle. The park amphitheater is located on the trail near the East Campground.  In the East Campground, the trail can be accessed next to site #61.

Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
.50 Mile 25 minutes, one way Linear Red In the West Campground across from site #17; if not camping, park at the walk-in camping parking area

Umber Ridge Trail

  • Bicycling/Mountain Biking
  • Hiking

Length: 1.75 Miles View map

Umber Ridge Trail has a natural surface with a gentle terrain so it is easy to hike and also popular with mountain bikers. The area is typical of the western Ozarks where the prairie meets the woodlands.  The trail travels along a west-facing slope offering several vistas of Stockton Lake before turning and traveling along open white oak woodlands on an east-facing slope. The trail travels through open woodlands including large oaks and hickory trees. Springtime hikers may see several different types of wildflowers including trillium, spring beauty, coral root orchid and wild hyacinth. Autumn hikers can witness the beauty of the Ozark woodlands as the leaves change color and begin to fall. Wildlife can be observed all year but some of the best times to catch a glimpse of a white-tailed deer or a bald eagle are during the winter when the woods are open and the leaves are gone.

Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
1.75 Miles 1 hour, 30 minutes Loop Yellow At the Gordon Cemetery parking area at the beginning of the beach road