My friend Aaron and I hopped in the car today and decided to take a trip of our own out to the trail after church. After roughly an hour and 20 minutes of driving from Springfield, we found the entrance to the trail and instantly began to climb upward.
The winding 23-mile gravel road, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, offers dramatic sweeping views of areas below at multiple points along the ride. At this time of year, it is awash in red, amber and yellow as the leaves on the thousands of trees the trail passes prepare for their annual descent to the ground below.
Please note that we drove south from Ava using the north entrance to the trail.
I invite you to take a visual journey as we saw it in our trip today. A camera can never do the views from the human eye justice — but we can sure try, and try I did. I hope you enjoy the album!
If You Go…
I highly recommend taking the north entrance into the Glade Top Trail. From Springfield, head east on U.S. Highway 60 to Mansfield, and take the Missouri Route 5 exit. Follow Missouri 5 through Ava and look for an intersection for Route A. Take a right on Route A, proceed roughly four miles and take a left where you see a sign for Glade Top Trail. The road is signed as “A 409.” Three miles beyond that, the trail begins. Happy driving!