Look out... Horses, ATV's, Crazy Bike riders!
The Huckleberry Mountain Multi-Use Trail has one terminus up on Magazine Mountain, connecting to it's 34 miles of winding trails that provide entertainment for mountain bikers, ATV enthusiast, horseback riders... and, hikers. At a bit over 1900 feet in elevation, the high point of Huckleberry Mountain is lower than this starting point on Magazine Mountain, but this trail is not about a point to point adventure, but more about connecting with the variety of intersecting trails and routes to be found down below. Initially, the trail drops to below 900 feet, then, depending on the route chosen, heads back uphill to various destination points, one being that high point of Huckleberry Mountain.
A very short section of the trail lies within the Magazine Mountain State Park... the bulk of the trail is to be found out in the Ozark National Forest, and in that section camping is allowed.
The primary emphasis for this western end of the trail is horseback riding. The trail begins in the designated Horse Camp, in Magazine Mountain State Park... an area that the park service has longterm plans for upgrades and improvements specific to horse back riders. Now, the area is considered an overflow camping area with discounted camping fees because of the lack of facility ($9 per night, $4.50 per night in winter months).
This listing does not address the full perspective of the trail but simply includes the trailhead as part of the system of trails oriented to Mount Magazine State Park.
When I was there last, the Horse Camp was nicely full of ATV packing campers. Be forewarned!
This hike is listed as One-Way.
When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.