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Flood damage reported in Shawnee National Forest

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Crews with U.S. Forest Service have completed assessments at all but about 10 percent of trails and roads in the Shawnee and Mark Twain National Forests after heavy rain and flooding from late April through early May.

Visitors are asked to use appropriate caution and look for hazards on trails and roads. Those hazards may include flooding, rising water, road and culvert washouts, fallen or weak trees, flood debris, and displaced wildlife like snakes.

As of Monday, May 8, this is the report from the assessed recreation areas, trails, and roads:

  • Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District (west side):
    • Turkey Bayou Campground and boat ramp is CLOSED due to high water.
    • Little Grand Canyon Picnic Area and Trailhead: Trail in the bottoms is under water. There is erosion at the bottom of the steps.
    • Natural Bridge trail has water erosion.
    • Kinkaid Lake Area: - Crisenberry Dam Road (Jackson Co. Road) is flooded to Kinkaid Spillway.
    • Buttermilk Hill Trail #387 where it joins #382 has 3 miles with several trees down. There are likely to be more trees down on other nearby trails.
    • LaRue Pine Hills Road: Barricades 0.1 mi. south of Godwin Trailhead where road sloughed off along the side reducing to a single lane. North entrance to LaRue Pine Hills is CLOSED by the Levee District due to flooding.
    • Opossum Trot road is CLOSED.
    • Snake Road: some water and large puddles. Gate closed to traffic until 5/15.
    • White Pine Trail Head: A couple of trees are down.
    • Johnson Creek Boat Ramp: Water is high, but ramp is accessible
    • Hutchins Creek trail and east side of the Godwin trail have trees down, but are passable.
    • Pine Hills Campground has some erosion
    • Cove Hollow near the Tin Whistle had trees down but the tread is OK. The R2R from East Trigg TH to the Tin Whistle has some rutting and gravel that has washed off of the trail.
    • Cedar Lake Trail has several sections that have landslides and trees down. The east parking lot has sloughing and erosion.
  • Hidden Springs Ranger District (east side):
    • Stone Face area: Road is CLOSED. It is completely washed out leading to the parking area.
    • Whiteside Rd #652 has erosion and is washed out in several places.
    • Millstone Trail at bottom: occasional washouts of trail tread
    • Tower Rock Recreation Area is still above flood level with no damage.
    • Iron Furnace showing no flooding damage.
    • Lusk Creek Wilderness Trail Systems: normal conditions observed.
    • Bell Smith Springs Trail System: normal trail conditions and creek level.
    • Rim Rock Trail and Beaver Trail to Pounds Hollow: water receded and slight erosion present.
    • Hayes Canyon Trail Systems: Several downed trees are on the trails.
    • Trails #496 and #497 near Hayes Creek are muddy and have trees down
    • Jackson Falls: No flood damage has been observed at the rec area.
    • Maxwell Ford Trail # 30 is under water and not accessible.
    • River to River Trail at Petticoat Jct., trail #491 and trail #032 have trees down.
    • Franks tract to Natural Bridge, Trail #481 has some damage, Pond dam at Franks tract is ok.
    • Trail #457D to Blanchard crossing has no flood damage.
    • Thacker Hollow: Trails #183, 184 and #185 loop have slight damage and one tree down.
    • Clayton Hollow: Trails #184 to #181 have minor damage.
    • Garden of the Gods is normal, no apparent damage to the flagstone trail.
    • Trails in the One Horse Gap show some damage, but are passable.
    • Mustang Lane has a large washout and will be barricaded for safety.
    • R2R at High knob and trail #164 are very muddy and have trees down.
    • Stone Bottom Road in the Lusk Creek Wilderness has trees down across it inhibiting access to 487C from the road.
    • One Horse Gap: all trails are very muddy and several trees are down on #175 and #176. There is a clogged culvert with erosion and wash out on Trail #106A at #178.

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