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 13th, All summer rides start PROMPTLY at 9 am. Starting Sept 3 all rides start promptly at 10 AM.


  2019 Trail Ride Schedule at a glance. Click Here  Dates and locations are not set in stone.  Check back for updates

Elk Ranch Ride

October 23, 2019


Elk Ranch Ride/ Glade Top Trail area of Mark Twain National Forest.

Ride starts promptly at 10:AM.  Call 417-796-2912 for ride information.

Trails can be rocky, bring a lunch.

Elk Ranch

Driving directions from Ava MO (south junction):

 Take State Highway 76 West about 21 miles to Mannon Rd.

 Turn left onto Mannon Rd, travel on  Mannon Rd to Fuller Rd.

Make a slight right turn onto Fuller Rd and folllow it to bottom of the hill. Watch for trailers. Parking is along Fuller Rd.

 Address for Trailhead is....Mark Twain National Forest, 1002-1086 Fuller Rd, Bradleyville, MO 65614, United States.

*****If you have not already completed a Release of liability form for 2018 PLEASE go to the Trail Rules and Etiguette page of our web site, click the link for the form, print, sign and bring to the ride. ****



Twin Star Ranch Ride Pot Luck

October 30, 2019

Wed Oct 30


Ride starts promptly at 10:00 AM      Trails can be rocky.  Several water crossings if there have been recent rains.  If the  lake has dropped we will cross Barren Fork River.  Bring a snack for the trail and a dish to pass for the pot luck.  Chili and hot dogs will be provided.

*****If you have not already completed a Release of liability form for 2019 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. ****


Call 417-989-0813 for information


Directions from Ava:

Approx 20 miles south on hwy 5 to Z hwy.  GO West (right) on Z for approximately 6 miles.  you will come to a hairpin curve.  Don't complete the curve  CR 831 goes straight between a house and barn and you will see a 15mph sign.  Take 831 (its technically a left turn off of Z) for approximately 1/2 mile to your first right which is  CR 829.   Turn right on 829, go less than 1/2 mile to a red road sign that says 104 Twin Star Lane/private road.  Turn left and drive through the green gate.

Directions from the South

Hwy 5, 10 miles north of Gainesville.  Turn left onto Hwy Z follow directions above.

Rockbridge Trout Farm Ozark County

November 06, 2019

This is a private property ride.  Ride leaves PROMPTLY at 10:00 am.   You must be with the club to ride these trails or call Rockbridge.  Trail Boss for this -ride is Marsha Brunner.  417-679-2245  Bring a Lunch for the Trail or eat at the restaurant.  Parking will be in the field next to the Restaurant.

*****If you have not already completed a Release of liability form for 2019 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. ****

From Ava take 5 South to Highway N.  turn left on to N and follow the signs to Rockbridge Trout Farm.  park in the field next to the restaurant.

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Questions? email us at:  douglascountyfoxtrotters@yahoo.com

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