Buford Mountain Conservation Area18 Votes
- Address: Buford Mountain Conservation Area, Bismarck, MO 63624, USA, Pilot Knob, United States
- Phone: +1-5732234525
- Tags: Park, Family And Kids, Ecological Reserve
Buford Mountain Conservation Area is a vast forested area in the Iron County, Missouri. Spread over three-thousand acres, this area is known for the Buford Mountain in the middle of the conservation. The mountain is home to deer, squirrel, turkeys and other local wildlife. Seasonal hunting is also permitted in the woods along with camping and hiking. Though there are no camping facilities in the area, you will still meet many enthusiastic backpackers here. A moderately easy hiking trail of ten miles attract locals as well as tourists if the weather is right. Visit this conservation area and find yourself in the heart of nature.
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Buford Mountain Conservation Area Reviews & Ratings
Decent hike for a mountain in the mid-west. The trails were easy to follow even in the cold winter. The view was decent at bald knob point. Took around 5 hours with a brisk pace, but other than that it was good exercise. If in the area it's worth checking it out.
Bald knob gives a great view! 4 stars due to the rocky eroded terrain. By the end of the hike my husband and I had nicknamed the trail “ankle breaker”. Challenging terrain on this 10 mile hike, stay right at the fork after the 3rd peak ( trail split is easy to miss so keep a sharp eye a bit after the peak) to save the best view for the way out; I like to have something to work for. We ran across several other hiking groups this day (Thanksgiving weekend).
Good and easy 10 mile stroll. Took us sub 3 hours
Nice hike, but downgraded to 4 stars due to lots of erosion, especially within the first .8 miles uphill (~600 ft of gain). Bald Knob is a nice place to stop for lunch and is about 2.8 miles into the hike. My gps showed 9.4 miles for the entire loop around the backside of the mountain, plus a total of 1950 ft of elevation gain as you go up and down a bit. Good workout.
A tough, but rewarding trail. The view was amazing from one spot at least. There is a place to camp here as well. Expect a lot of up and down hill hiking. It's about 10 miles overall. It's very secluded. I only ran into one couple the whole time I was there and that was on my way out. Google maps took me on a wrong turn at first down a residential road. I got back on the main back road and kept going until I found signs for the trail.