Wild horses are often seen between Round Spring and Two Rivers.
Current River (Upper) Horseback Riding Outfitters
Pinecrest Campground - Pinecrest is family owned and operated. Located in Salem, MO, Pinecrest offers the best of the outdoors world. Camping, trails for horseback riders, the Current River, near Montauk State Park, fishing, hiking, floating, kayaking, canoeing, you name it. We are near local outfitters that can set you up for a weekend adventure. NOTE: You need to supply your own horse for the trail ride.
Big Creek Horse Trail Ride - Along the Big Creek which flows into the upper Current River at the lower end of Cedar Grove. Directions: 1 mile North of Summersville, Missouri on Hwy 17, turn on K Hwy. Travel 11 miles North on Hwy K, turn left on Co. Rd. 385 (MO State Conservation Sign). Travel 7 miles on Co. Rd. 385. Watch for Big Creek Trail Ride Signs. (location map) NOTE: You need to supply your own horse for the trail ride.
Current River (Middle) & Jacks Fork (Lower) Horseback Riding Outfitter
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Ozarks Region Horses, Supplies & Services
Missouri Horses - The newest website to compliment Missouri Scenic Rivers, MoHorses.com offers cheap and free classified advertising for horses for sale and trade, studding, hay for sale, tack for sale and trade, boarding and other services. For the Current River and Jacks Fork Region, check Shannon County, Dent County, Texas County, Carter County and Ripley County. NOTE: Each county has a website directory for those who have horse related websites in Missouri. Submittals are FREE!
The trails are marked with color coded blazes. The park provides two staging areas (Broadfoot and Shawnee), each with a restroom and hitching rails, where riders may park their trailers. Additional horseback riding opportunities exist west of the park within the Angeline Conservation Area managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). MDC maintains approximately 9 miles of horse trails and a trailhead staging area north of Eminence off County Road 205. The MDC staging area provides restrooms, hitching rails, and parking for horse trailers.
Horseback riding offers an excellent opportunity to experience the Ozark landscape---from open fields where one may encounter feral horses, forested riparian bottomland where one can observe song birds, raptors and water fowl, and upland oak-pine ridges with panoramic views of the river below. Remember---equestrians are restricted to blazed designated horse trails and numbered county gravel roads ONLY! Segments of some of the designated horse trails traverse private land.Out of courtesy and respect for private landowners, public lands, and the environment---all riders are asked to KEEP TO THE BLAZED TRAILS!
SAFETY NOTE: River fords are signed---and riders are to cross only at these designated fords. For the safety of both rider and mount---always release tie-downs before crossing a river ford. Never attempt to cross any stream or river during periods of high water.
Jerktail Loop Trail: This 5.2 mile loop trail is classified as moderate to difficult. There are two designated fords where the trail crosses the Current River. Several scenic overlooks offer expansive views of the Current River from atop high bluffs.
Broadfoot Loop Trail: This5.9 mile loop trail is classified as moderate. The Broadfoot loop offers excellent opportunities to view a herd of wild horses which are protected within the park. There are two designated fords where the Broadfoot trail crosses the Current River. The majority of this loop trail travels through Oak-Pine forest. The Broadfoot Staging area provides hitching posts, a restroom, and designated day-use parking for horse trailers.
Two Rivers Loop Trail: This 5.4 mile loop trail is classified as easy to moderate. Extended segments of this loop trail follow riparian corridors and afford views of both the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers. There are two designated fords that cross the Current River and a third designated ford that crosses the Jacks Fork River.
Shawnee Loop Trail: This 7 mile loop trail is classified as easy to moderate. The Shawnee Staging area provides hitching posts, a restroom, and designated day-use parking for horse trailers. The trail passes through riparian areas along the Jacks Fork and Current Rivers. A rocky climb along this route also takes riders to a bluff top with a spectacular view of the Jacks Fork River. There are two designated fords crossing the Current River and two fords crossing the Jacks Fork River.
Angeline Conservation Area Horse Trails: The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) supports a system of eleven interconnected short loop trails and connecting trails within the Angeline, totaling 8.7 miles, just north of Eminence and to the west of the park. All trails are marked with color coded blazes.The trailhead parking area provided by MDC has designated parking for 30 horse trailers. Brochures describing the trails will be available at the trailhead. Riders may also contact the MDC Eminence Office at (573) 226-3616 to obtain more information.
The Missouri Wild Horse League (MWHL) was formed in 1992 to protect and maintain a small band of wild horses, approximately 20, that roam the lands surrounding the Current River and Jack's Fork Rivers in Shannon County, Missouri. The horses have been running free for almost 100 years. However, the National Park Service decided in 1991 that these horses should not be allowed to roam freely on Federal lands, as they are considered feral animals. These horses are believed to originate mainly from domestic animals that were freed during the Depression years due to the inability of the local farmer to feed them. It has also come to our attention that the parentage of these horses may have a place in history as well, however, we do not have conclusive evidence of this at the current time. Nevertheless, the horses that are roaming free today. are definitely not domesticated animals, in any sense of the word. They are wild and beautiful creatures. Though they will let you get within 50-100 yards of them while they graze, you will have a fight on your hands if you try to catch one of them! An Attorney, Doug Kennedy, from Poplar Bluff, Missouri took interest in our case and has been a major factor in determining the survival of these horses. Doug filed numerous appeals to the courts in both the State of Missouri and Supreme Court of the United States. In 1993 the Supreme Court of the United States denied our final appeal and gave the National Park Service the right to remove the horses from federal land at any time.
On May 24, 1994 several mmembers of the MWHL, along with our attorney, Doug Kennedy, met with the National Park Service to discuss a proposal for the MWHL to take over the responsibility of the horses. The proposal was presented to Superintendent Art Sullivan, who has since retired, which included a maintenance plan to be initiated by the MWHL so that the horses could remain wild and free. The proposal would have been beneficial to the National Park Service, the Missouri Department of Conservation, and the MWHL, as it provided for the cleaning up of several fields which were overgrown with multi-flora rose bush, thorn trees, and weeds so that they were of no use to any wildlife. The proposal also provided that while cleaning up these fields certain acres would be left for wild game cover. In August proposal would be accepted in the future if it included a way for the horses to remain free. We were very disappointed with this decision and continued our efforts to protect the horses through our United States Representative and Senators.
In October 1994, Congressman Bill Emerson presented a bill to Congress which would make the wild horses a permanent part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. The bill, along with several others of the same type, was passed through Congress in 1996. The bill was signed in law by President Bill Clinton on October 3, 1996 and the horses are now a permanent part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways and cannot be removed. Congressman Bill Emerson as well as Senators Kit Bond and John Ashcroft were all driving forces in the passing of this bill and we appreciate their efforts very much. Our attorney, Doug kennedy, was also a major factor in getting the bill to become a reality and he contintues to help us today. Sadly, Congressman Emerson passed away in 1996 and was a great loss for us, but his wife JoAnn has taken over his office and is doing a great job for us now.
In 1997 we began cleaning up the fields specified in the bill and are working successfully today with the National Park Service on other issues as well. The horses are in good condition and number approximately 25 at the current time. They can be seen at different times of the day grazing in the Broadfoot Fields located north of Eminence, Missouri in the Shawnee fields located east of Eminence, Missouri or in the fields above Two Rivers on V Highway east of Eminence, Missouri. If you would like to try to spot them give us a call and we'll give you directions to these locations or ask anyone in town how to get there. There were several stallions in the herds and we have begun to take some of them out. The stallions are gelded, wormed and blood is pulled for a coggins test. After we receive the results of the blood test and get the paperwork back on them, they are put up for adoption. Thus far we have adopted out seven geldings.
We appreciate your interest in the horses and want you to know that your support is still needed even though our legal battle is over. We would like for you to become a member. The annual membership fee is $5 per person and the money goes toward the care and maintenance of the horses.
If you would like to join, you may mail in your membership to:
Missouri Wild Horse League
P.O. Box 301, Eminence, MO 65466