State and Federal Campgrounds

Mark Twain National Forest

Ava/Cassville/Willow Springs Ranger District

Devil’s Backbone Wilderness Area
Four trail-heads provide entry to Devil’s Backbone Wilderness.

  1. Blue Spring Trailhead is located within the North Fork Recreation Area(no horses allowed on this short section);
  2. Raccoon Hollow Trailhead is located on the south side of CC Highway about 1 1/2 miles east of Dora, MO;
     HWY CC Trailhead:
    Primitive Camping
    Nice circle drive plenty of room, take your own high-line.  From this trail-head you ride out South, cross the highway, go through the McGarr Ridge trail-head and head toward the river.  You can ride down and around the Devil’s Backbone loop, Ride North on the North Loop in the Hammond Mill Trail area.
    North Fork – Devil’s Backbone Album
  3. McGarr Ridge Trailhead is located on the south side of CC Highway about 4 miles east of Dora, MO;
  4. Collin’s Ridge Trailhead is located on County Road KK 362 which comes off KK Highway about 16 miles west of West Plains, MO on the south side of the wilderness.
    Website
    Brochure
    North Fork 3 Miles 15 – 26

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