The 11.75-mile natural-surface White River Valley Trail takes in the Ozarks’ naturally hilly topography as it follows contours rising from 710 to almost 1,200 feet above sea level. Scenic areas include views of Table Rock and Taneycomo lakes, waterfalls, and an abandoned farmstead.
White River Valley Trail contains four loops of varying length and intensity, allowing users to tailor the trail according to ability and time available. The Red Loop is the most challenging, the Blue Loop is the longest, the Orange Loop is the shortest, and the Green Loop reaches the highest elevation. Note, however, that because trails traverse land belonging to both the Missouri state park system and US Army Corps of Engineers, parts of the trail on Army Corps land is closed during hunting seasons for deer and turkey (check online for closing announcements). The entire trail is also closed after heavy rains.
Access for the Red Loop is from the north side of Highway 165 about 400 feet west of the Table Rock Lake state park office. Check the website for other trail heads.