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I am looking to do a 3-5 day backpacking trip with my dog, that is at least 2-4 hours from St. Louis MO. I have hiked all over the Ozarks so looking for something new. I was thinking Shawnee National Forest, but was seeing if anyone had any other ideas. This would be done in the spring, early April to early May.

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If 6-8 hours is acceptable, check out the Ouachita Trail in AR or Big South Fork in TN/KY. Both are pretty reasonable drives from STL for a 3-5 day hike.
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I have written so much about the Shawnee that I finally made a copy of it to store on my hard drive. See below.

Re backpacking the Shawnee, I did 100 miles of the R2R and enjoyed it, but this trail actually bypasses some of the best spots, though only by a few miles.

If you are good with route finding, I might suggest a trip that starts at Pounds Hollow and heads west to Garden of the Gods, southwest through One Horse Gap, west through Lusk Creek, and into Eddyville.

From Eddyville, if you have time, you can access Double Branch Hole just to the west of Hayes Creek Horse Camp, and then wander over to Jackson Falls, and then wander some more to Bell Smith Springs.

This would be a fantastic trip, but would require excellent route skills and very good maps (the Shawnee office in Harrisburg has some maps. Some of this route would use the R2R, but you would also make use of the many FS trails in the area. There are lots of them. If it has not been dry, there is enough water in the bottoms.

Here is a link to the map you would need:
http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5139627.pdf



Pounds Hollow: Very scenic with a deep canyon surrounded by high bluffs. It is possible to hike west through Pounds Hollow and ascend a trail that crosses a forest road and connect with the River to River Trail which runs about a mile to the south.

Garden o Gods: Amazing rock formations. It’s worth a short bushwhack down toward Eagle Creek.

One Horse Gap: Nice camping atop bluffs. If it has rained recently, you can find water in small potholes toward the southwest drainage atop the bluff. Otherwise, it is a pretty long walk down to One Horse Gap Lake.

Lusk Creek: A fairly large wilderness with some cool bluffs and an extensive trail system. Would be great in the fall.

Bell Smith Springs + Burden Falls: Bell Smith has 10 miles of trail in 3 canyons, including a rock sluice, a waterfall, and an arch. Burden Falls is a short drive away. Nice campground at Bell Smith that is rarely used.

Jackson Falls + Double Branch Falls: Two dramatic waterfalls just west of Eddyville, and about a mile east of where the R2R leaves a farm field road and drops into the canyon. Follow the creek upstream, heading east past big bluffs and you will find the pair of falls.

Jackson Hollow/Bay Lake: Jackson Hollow has numerous bluffs which are very popular among rock climbers. Bay Lake is about a mile south of here.

Ferne Clyffe State Park: Amazing cliffs and bluffs. The west unit has a dramatic pour-off waterfall and some of the highest bluffs in the state (if you can bushwhack to them).

Panther Den: Amazing set of bluffs on the east side of the canyon with large chunks of sandstone that have calved off and created passageways and tunnels among the rocks.

Giant City Park: The signature giant city trail is short but has huge rock formations. Across the road, the Devil’s Table trail has dramatic bluffs that offer some great scrambling on the edges.


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HJ,

Thank you very much. My route skills are good. Would bringing my dog with me into the Shawnee National Forest be a good idea?
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HF,

I think I may do the north/south loop, OH (40 miles). Does this go over thru anything you mentioned?
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Nevermind that is Shawnee State forest. I will have to put a loop together that goes thru some of the things you mentioned. I plan on doing this is April.
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HJ,

Thank you very much. My route skills are good. Would bringing my dog with me into the Shawnee National Forest be a good idea?

You won't have any regulation issues having a dog in the Shawnee. However, the area is full of horse packers and that might be a problem for the dog. The terrain is rocky in spots but generally easy on the feet.

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I decided since this is my dogs first trip I do not want to wonder too far from home. I will probably do this trip in the fall either with the dog or without the dog depending on how he does.

I will probably do the Ozark Trail or around there. Time to start thinking of where now.

I appreciate all your input and will def. be doing this trip in the fall though.
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Be sure to check out the Ozark Trail Association web site. They have an outstanding route planning tool online. For 3-5 days, the Taum Sauk section is very good.

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Be sure to check out the Ozark Trail Association web site. They have an outstanding route planning tool online. For 3-5 days, the Taum Sauk section is very good.

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[/QUOTE]Taum Sauk section is very good.
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We was up on Bell Mountain this last weekend.
[http://www.flickr.com/photos/10084811@N08/12573022223/" title="Bell Mountain trip 034 by randypenny_hannibal, on Flickr">
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