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An 8-mile round trip trail featuring the 296' long Bennett Spring Natural Tunnel.


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7.9

Miles

12.8

KM

Lollipop

1,070' 326 m

High

876' 267 m

Low

481' 147 m

Up

481' 147 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

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Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly The trail’s signature feature is the Bennett Spring Natural Tunnel, which is 296 feet long and forms an S curve through the hill.

Open year round, from sunrise to sundown. Foot traffic only.

Description

An 8 mile round trip trail featuring the 296' long Natural Tunnel within the Bennett Spring State Park. This mostly singletrack trail includes many different habitats, including bottomland and upland forests, tall bluffs, sunny fields, small and large creeks, and the more than a century old Jenkins Family Cemetery. The abundant wildlife along the trail include deer, squirrels, many woodland birds and insects, including ticks and chiggers in the summer months. The trail overlaps the Savanna Ridge Trail for a mile along the west side of Spring Hollow.

Flora & Fauna

The open woodlands and glades are glorious with wildflowers during spring and fall. The wooded areas support abundant wildlife including deer, squirrels, chipmunks, many woodland birds and insects, including ticks.

Contacts

Shared By:

Charles Elmore

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 6 votes

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Trail Rankings

#241

in Missouri

#10,166

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Just inside the Nature Tunnel, the trail ends here but you can hop across rocks and follow the bank on the right to the other opening to view a small pool that drains into the creek.
Mar 29, 2020 near Lebanon, MO
Jenkins Family Homestead Cemetery established 1840.
Oct 17, 2016 near Lebanon, MO
Soft singletrack along the creek.
Mar 29, 2020 near Lebanon, MO
October view toward Bennett Spring from Natural Tunnel / Savanna Ridge Trail.
Oct 17, 2016 near Lebanon, MO
A view from within the Bennett Spring Natural Tunnel.
Oct 13, 2016 near Lebanon, MO
Natural Tunnel entrance.
Oct 17, 2016 near Lebanon, MO

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Aug 22, 2020
Alexander Huber
12h 31m
Jul 23, 2020
Al M
Great hike with the kids to see an unusual geographical feature.
Oct 6, 2019
Al M
7.9mi
Jul 27, 2019
Daniel Kelley
7.9mi — 4h 30m
Aug 5, 2018
Missouri Hiker
Extremely hot and humid in the summer. Very little water along the trail, but cool inside the tunnel. 8mi — 5h 00m
May 16, 2018
Joe Rice
Done trail in 6 hours with a one hour lunch. 7.5mi
May 14, 2017
Charles Elmore
Mar 25, 2017
Charles Elmore
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