DCFTHBA Trail Rides

We do everything we can to make our rides safe and pleasant, but as we all know, riding horses is inherently dangerous.  Please click on "Trail Rules and Etiquette" to read a list of suggestions to keep us all safe.  Please remember to REFRESH this page to get the latest updates!

 Please Note:   
1.  If you have not signed our new release of liability form, PLEASE click  ROL FORM,  print and sign the form and bring it to the ride.  You only need to have one on file for the year.  Minor children must be in the company of a legal guardian.  No exceptions.
2.  Rides leave the trailhead promptly at the stated time and should return around 2 PM.  Bring a lunch as we normally have lunch on the trail.   During the summer months we leave earlier and usually return by noon.
3.  Trails are ROCKY, shoes for your horses are recommended
4.  The first ride of each month will be our clip and clean ride.  This means we will be clipping the trails and picking up any trash we might encounter, so the pace will be slower.  Some items you might want to throw in your saddle bags would be a set of hand clippers/pruners and gloves.

There are NO dogs allowed on DCFTHBA or NTR rides.  For further information rules and trail etiquette please click the link above. 
Please NOTE:  After June 10th, All summer rides start PROMPTLY at 9 am. Starting Sept 7 all rides start promptly at 10 AM.

 

  2020 Trail Ride Schedule at a glance.     Due to the COVID 19 situation we have temporaily removed to link to the full year trail schedule.

Turkey Creek off of UU Bar K area. Clip and Clean

September 02, 2020

Wednesday September 2.  Clip and Clean ride.  Bring gloves and nippers.   Ride leaves the trail head promptly at 9 AM  We should be back to trailers by 12 pm.  Trails can be rocky.   Shod horses highly recommended.

*****If you have not already completed a Release of liability form  PLEASE go to the Trail Rules and Etiquette page of our web site, click the link for the form, print, sign and bring to the ride. ****

Directions to Turkey Creek: From Ava, take  Highway 76 west to Bradleyville (about 24 miles) at Bradleyville turn right onto Highway 125 (north) take 125 to highway UU, turn right (your only option). Go about one mile and the Turkey Creek Road sign will be on your left. Take Turkey Creek Rd. down two miles and the trailhead will be on the left. Highway 76 is open all the way to Bradlyville with a short bypass at Brownbranch.

 

From Springfield, out of Sparta take Highway 125 south three miles to Oldfield turn left onto Highway T (This is a detour because the bridge is out at Swan Creek on 125 south) Take Highway T to Highway UU south. This is a right hand turn. Do not take UU north that is a left hand turn. Take UU south for about 10 or 11 mile look for the Turkey Creek Rd. sign on your right. Take Turkey Creek Rd. down two mile and the trailhead is on the left. 

 

 Steve Assenmacher (417) 796-2912 

9/7/2020 TO 9/11/2020 MFTHBA Show and Celebration NTRs

September 07, 2020

NOTICE:  Due to the current VSV situation in Douglas and Ozark Counties, the locations of the National Trail Rides have been canceled.  It is not clear at this time if there will be organized NTRs.  If you have questions please call the MFTHBA office @ 417-683-2468

Braddock Lake

September 16, 2020

Explore the East side of the North Fork River Basin.  Deep woods, rocky trails.  Ride begins PROMPTLY at 10:00 AM.  Bring a  lunch for the trail.

*****If you have not already completed a Release of liability form go to the Trail Rules and Etiquette page of our web site, click the link for the form, print, sign and bring to the ride. ****

Questions? Trail Boss for this ride is Sharon Bailey 608-225-9209    See Directions below

Braddock Lake

Driving directions from Ava, MO

(from the Square):

Take State Highway 14

East about 39 miles to Forest Rd 759. THE LITTLE SIGN ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE ROAD IS MISSING.  ROAD 759 IS ALMOST EXACTLY 3 MILES FROM TWIN BRIDGES COMING FROM AVA.  GO SLOW BECAUSE IF YOU MISS IT A TURN AROUND IS QUITE A WAYS DOWN THE ROAD. Turn right onto Forest Rd 759 and travel about a 1 mile to trail head at the bottom of the hill.

 

 

Willy Lee Homestead - Short Hollow Trail

September 23, 2020

The trail head is the Willy Lee Homestead in the Mark Twain National Forest. It is located on the Glade Top Trail 3 mi. south of the Sky Line Drive junction.  The ride is never the same since there are 100k acres accessible. The ride will start high on rock ridges over 1300 ft. and proceeds down to 1000 ft. at creek level. Trails are rocky.   Scenery is spectacular. .

The Ride leaves the trail head promptly at 10 am  Trails can be extremely rocky.     Bring a Lunch.  Contact for this ride will be Bob Wolf 1-870-740-9954  bring a lunch for the trail
Willy Lee Homestead

Glade Top Trail Road / York Rd Ozark County 

*****If you have not already completed a Release of liability form  PLEASE go to the Trail Rules and Etiquette page of our web site, click the link for the form, print, sign and bring to the ride. ****

There are multiple options to get to Willie Lee/ Glade Top Trail.

Driving Directions from Ava ,MO (south junction.):

Take State Highway 76 west for about 19 miles to State Highway W.

 Turn left onto State Highway W and travel for about .7 miles to Caney Creek Rd.

 Turn right onto Caney Creek Rd and travel for about 5.5 miles to CR 125-80 (Skyline RD).

 Turn left onto (Skyline RD) for about 800 ft.

 Make a hard right turn onto Glade Top Trail Rd. and travel for about 3 miles to Willie Lee campsite/ trailhead will be on the right side of Glade Top Trail Rd.

Noblett Lake

September 30, 2020

Ride leaves the trailhead at 10:00 am  Bring a lunch.  Trails can be steep and rocky.

 

*****If you have not already completed a Release of liability form PLEASE go to the Trail Rules and Etiquette page of our web site, click the link for the form, print, sign and bring to the ride. ****

Located in Howell Co.  Primitive Camping available.  Trail Boss for this ride is Sharon Bailey  608-225-9209

Noblett Lake Trail Head

Driving Directions from Ava MO (North Junction):

From the North Junction of State Highway 5 and State Highway 14 travel north on State Highway 5 for about 2.5 miles to State Highway 76.

Turn right (east) onto State Highway 76 and travel about 37 miles to State Highway 181.

Turn right (south) onto State Highway 181 and travel about 1.4 miles to State Highway AP.

Turn left (east) onto State Highway AP and travel about 3.1 miles CR 1080.

Turn right onto CR 1080 and travel about .8 miles. Trail head is at the junction of  CR 1080, CR 294, and CR 293.

Driving Directions from Rogersville MO:

Take State Highway 60 (east) about 55 miles keep right on MO-181 toward Cabool. About .2 miles turn right onto State Highway 181 and travel about 10 miles to State Highway 76.

Turn left onto State Highway 76 and travel about 3.5 miles to State Highway 181.

Turn right onto State Highway 181 and travel about 1.4 miles to State Highway AP.

Turn left onto State Highway AP and travel about 3.1 miles to CR 1080.

Turn right onto CR 1080 and travel about .8 miles. Trail head is at the junction of  CR 1080, CR 294, and CR 293.

Driving Directions from Gainesville MO:

Traveling east on Highway 160 turn left onto State Highway 181 and travel about 18 miles.

At the junction of  State highways 181 and H, turn left onto State Highway 181 and travel about 7 miles to Junction of  State Highways 181 and 14.

Turn right onto State Highway 181/14 East and travel about 4.8 miles.

Turn left onto State Highway 181 (north) and travel about 11 miles to State Highway AP.

Turn right onto State Highway AP and travel about 3.1 miles to CR 1080.

Turn right onto CR 1080 and travel about .8 miles. Trail head is at the junction of  CR 1080, CR 294, and CR 293.

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