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  • Rockpile Mountain Trail

    The trail is located in the Rockpile Mountain Wilderness Area, from the trailhead there is a 2 mile section of maintained trail. The rest of the area is accessed by old woods roads or cross-country hiking. A brochure (972k, pdf format) of the Wilderness is available, additional a recreational opportunity guide (376k, pdf format) is available.


    Moderate. Terrain is sometimes steep. The area is within the St. Francois Mountains where elevations range from 1,305 to 520 feet.

    Length: 2 miles.

    Leave No Trace: Pack out what you pack in.

    Restrictions: Foot and Horse only.


    No drinking water is available at parking areas or along the trail; bring what you will need, or be prepared to sterilize water you find. During temperate months, be prepared for biting insects, poison ivy and high temperatures. Be advised of hunting seasons. Avoid using the trail during excessively wet periods.

    Surface Type: Unsurfaced, native material.


    From St. Louis, take I-55 south to Hwy. 67; then south to Co.Rd. C south of Fredericktown; then south 10 miles to Co. Rd. 406 to FR2124.