Location: Piney Creek Wilderness, part of Mark Twain National Forest; Shell Knob, Missouri
Date: 11/24/2012 – 11/25 2012
Trail: Siloam Spring
Other Trailgoers: None
Would I Go Again: Probably not
My review is going to be more on the whole area rather than just the trail. We went there in mid-November and camped for the night. Our mistake was deciding to camp at a site that was already set up right along the road. We had never done this before and thought it would be nice to camp close to the car and just hike without our packs (that was nice). Piney Creek Wilderness is part of Mark Twain National Forest in Southern Missouri. It is gorgeous with plenty of views. The gravel road which we camped off is about 5 miles in length and runs in between 2 highways. There is literally nothing around on this road. We had some concerns….there was a truck that drove by us 4 times, which first threw up a red flag with us (as we were camping right beside the road). About sunset (very cold and in the middle of nowhere), a man walked by on the road by himself. He was NOT wearing clothes for jogging, walking, etc . It just struck us as very odd. So we ended up picking up our tent and carrying it back into the woods a ways. Figured they wouldn’t be able to find us if they were trying to mug us. Who’s to say what he was doing but it just gave us a weird feeling. We had never experienced anything like that before. With that said, I’ve seen prettier places than this is Southern Missouri. It was okay. For us, it was NOT worth the 3-4 hour drive to get there when there are other places much prettier and scenic than this one for the drive.