Glade Top Trail of the Ozarks wins national honor

Volunteers at the Glade Top Trail Citizen Science event admire beautiful flowers dotting the hillsides near the road. The rolling hills with dolomite rock outcrops, and a mix of open space and clusters of trees, support a unique ecosystem. (National Forest Service)
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AVA, Mo. - The U.S. Forest Service's Washington office selected the Glade Top Trail as one of this country's top 10 Nature Watch sites. The trail, which uses a series of Forest Service and county roads, is in Taney, Ozark, and Douglas counties. It's part of the Ava/Cassville/Willow Springs Ranger District.

Nature Watch sites showcase what the National Forest has to offer and are highlighted using educational tools online and on the ground. The sites will be marked with signs with a silhouette of binoculars on it. The District is working with the Washington Office to create an online, interactive story map to illustrate the diverse plants and animals that can be found along the Glade Top Trail.

These sites also coincide with the Glade Top Trail Interpretive Tour in which you can use a smart phone or tablet to scan a QR code to learn more about the site and the management of the area.

The Glade Top Trail offers 23 miles of spectacular views along Forest Roads 147 and 149. The Forest Road 149 branch starts at Missouri 125, between Bradleyville and Rueter in Taney County, and runs northeast. The Forest Road 147 branch starts at Longrun on Missouri 95 in Ozark County and runs northwest until it meets Forest Road 149, and then both branches run together northeast on Forest Road 147 until it ends between Brownbranch and Rome in southern Douglas County, south of Ava. .

If you have questions about the Glade Top Trail or other sites on the District, please stop by the office on a weekday. The Ava Ranger Station is at 1103 S. Jefferson Ave, Ava. The office is open 8 to 4:30, Monday through Friday. You can also reach the office by phone at (417) 683-4428.

For more information about Mark Twain National Forest, you can visit its website or follow it on twitter @marktwain_nf or go to its Facebook page at

Map of Glade Top Trail (U.S. Forest Service)