River Springs Chapter


Trailmaster:      Candace Hale           HC 67 Box 25A, Fremont, MO  63941

Contact:              573-593-4435              horsestail@gmail.com                                   

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Assist. Leader:  Sherry Vicchitto

Secretary            Debbie Behnen 





National Trails Day, June 3rd

Our chapter has many places to ride on public lands and one of the longest trails in our area is the Ozark Trail.  The Ozark Trail is a multi-purpose trail that begins near St. Louis and in the future will end at the Missouri/Arkansas state line in northwest Arkansas/southwest Missouri.  At present, it is 392 miles long, winding through the Missouri Ozarks with a few uncompleted sections.  When completed, the Ozark Trail will be one continuous trail approximately 700 miles in length.  At the Arkansas state line it will connect to the Ozark Highlands Trail.  The two trails together, from St. Louis, Missouri, including the Ozark Highlands Trail in Arkansas, will be called the Trans-Ozark Trail.

The River Springs Chapter spends more of our work days working on the Ozark Trail than any other public lands trail in our area.  On National Trails Day, we installed picnic tables in the USFS at the Katie Trail Head of the Ozark Trail located on County Road 154 in Oregon County.  The chapter bought the lumber and screws, one member donated the frames, some brought tools and everyone helped.  The US Forest Service donated the concrete and chains for securing the tables to the ground.  This trail head now has hitching posts, 3 picnic tables and a camping area.  We are proud to be part of the building and maintenance of this epic trail.


Several members of the River Springs Chapter have been out riding the local trails at the request of the Mark Twain National Forest, assessing damage from the recent storms and flooding.  Many areas received in excess of 10” of rain over the weekend of April 1-2 causing severe flooding.  Several storms, with strong winds and more rain, followed over the next couple of weeks.


Ruth and Gary Garner rode many miles of the Ozark Trail on the Victory Section, and then the Eleven Point Section, out of the Lazy C Trailhead, where they were joined by fellow chapter members Keith Temple, Paula Hull, Jean Wrightfield-Vail and Trinity Vail.  Ruth and Gary also rode a large portion of the Blue Ridge Trail. Thanks to their GPS abilities and photographs, the Forest Service has a detailed description of what trail problems exist and the exact location



Members of the River Springs Chapter met to install the Show Me MO BCH mounting blocks.  Our chapter received three mounting blocks and they will be installed at Lazy C in Oregon County, the Irish Wilderness, also in Oregon County, and the Ozark National Scenic Riverways Shawnee staging area in Shannon County near Eminence, Missouri. The work day pictures are from the Lazy C Campground on April 23rd.  Lazy C is a primitive campground in the Mark Twain National Forest that accesses the Ozark Trail south of Winona, Missouri.


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Working in the Irish Wilderness on Mar 19th.

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Thanks Ruth, Debbie, Jerry, Linda, Barb, Toby and Ed for all the work and support.


River Springs Chapter’s first work day on Feb 20th was a success.




We worked on the Wappapello Section of the Ozark Trail south from the HWY 172 Trail Head near Poplar Bluff.



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