Glade Top Trail Driving Directions
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In Theodosia Missouri head west on State Highway 160, go about 1.5 miles. Look for State Hwy 95, go north (right), then go about 5.6 miles. Look for a little town called Longrun, there is not much to see. Look for Ozark County roads 908 and 881. Turn left off Hwy 95. Wind around the sharp turns until you see a little cemetery (Graham Cemetery). At the cemetery the road turns to dirt and you are on your way to the Glade Top Trail. Just follow the Detailed Stops list in reverse order, then follow the directions in reverse at the north exit.
Entering Glade Top from the West End
Entering The Trail From The North End (our
Regardless of which way you are coming, look for a brown metal sign with white letters saying "Mark Twain National Forest Gladetop Trail 7MI." There is one of these signs for each direction. At the intersection of State Hwy 5 and State Hwy "A" turn onto State Hwy "A".
Stay on State Hwy "A" for about 3.8 miles. The road is a two lane hard top that winds around country farms and homes. At about 3.8 miles you'll come to the intersection of State Hwy "A" and County Road 409. Just before the intersection you'll see another brown metal sign saying " Gladetop Trail 3 MI." You will also see a small County Road (CR) sign saying "A 409". Turn onto A 409.
Stay on A 409 for about 3.2 miles. You'll drive through more rural countryside. When the pavement ends and the road turns to dirt you'll see the signs saying Mark Twain National Forest Glade Top Trail. There are signs on both sides of the road. At this point A 409 turns into County Road 449 if you are looking at a state or county map. If you are looking at the Forest Service map the road becomes Forest Service Road (FS) 147. You will see the little brown Forest Service sign which simply says "147".
Important Road Identification Details
About 8.8 miles from the north entrance you'll come to another fork in the road. This is the intersection of FS 147 and FS 149. FS 147 bears to the left, FS 149 bears to the right. FS 149 may show on other maps as Skyline Drive, or even State Hwy "W", but it stays as CR 932 on all maps except the Forest Service map, which calls it "Glade Top Trail West" as well as FS 149. All of this takes place at Wolf Junction. Both roads remain dirt, not pavement.
If you bear right at Wolf Junction and follow FS 149 (Skyline Drive, or Gladetop West) about 6 miles it brings you to paved State Hwy 125, which will take you either north or south to major highways and towns having food, gas, and lodging.
If you bear left at Wolf Junction and follow FS 147 it is about 7 miles to the little town of Longrun where you run into paved State Hwy 95, which takes you either north or south to major highways. The town of Theodosia where you can find food, gas, and lodging is about 6 miles away.