It’s only a matter of time: Fall and all its glory will soon explode across the Ozarks. While great color can undoubtedly be found down many a lane and neighborhood, the most spectacular hues are discovered far from any city limit. If you’re in the mood to hit the road and get away (but not go too far from home) here are a few places to put on your must-see list.
Glade Top Trail
The Glade Top Trail, Missouri’s only National Forest Scenic Byway, is 23 miles of pure Ozarks gorgeousness. The gravel road was constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and has changed very little since its birth 80 or so years ago. Seven overlook spots offer panoramic views reaching the Springfield Plateau and even 40 miles away to Arkansas’ Boston Mountains.
Where is it?
The Glade Top Trail is located approximately 60 miles southeast of Springfield. Three entry points admit visitors: The most popular is the northeast entry located near the Douglas/Ozark County line about ten miles southwest of Ava. It is accessed off State Highway 5 by State Highway A and County Road A-409.