Roger Pryor Pioneer Backcountry
|Roger Pryor Pioneer Backcountry|
Map of Pioneer Backcountry and neighboring
|Location||Missouri, United States|
|Area||95 sq mi (250 km2)|
|Governing body||Missouri Department of Natural Resources|
|Website||Roger Pryor Pioneer Backcountry|
The Roger Pryor Pioneer Backcountry is a 60,000-acre (243 km2) area of private land that is managed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for hiking and backpacking by the public. The land is part of the largest private forest in the state, the Pioneer Forest, owned by the L-A-D Foundation, an endowment of the late Missouri timber magnate, conservationist, and philanthropist Leo Drey (1917–2015).
Two significant wilderness areas are included in the managed area: the Current River Natural Area which contains 400-year-old trees, and the Pioneer Natural Area adjacent to the Current River, which is home to old-growth cedar and hardwood trees.
The area is crossed by 27 miles (43 km) of trails: the 13-mile (21 km) Blair Creek Section of the Ozark Trail, the 12-mile (19 km) Brushy Creek Trail, and a 2-mile (3.2 km) Laxton Hollow Trail, which connects to the Ozark Trail. An additional trail under construction, the Current River Trail, will eventually connect Round Spring, a few miles west of the backcountry area, to the Brushy Creek Trail.
- "Roger Pryor Pioneer Backcountry". Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
- Flader, Susan. "Missouri's Pioneer in Sustainable Forestry" (PDF). Forest History Today. Forest History Society (Spring/Fall 2004). Retrieved May 7, 2018.
- "Current River Natural Area". Missouri Department of Conservation. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
- "Pioneer Natural Area". Missouri Department of Conservation. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
- "Roger Pryor Pioneer Backcountry". L-A-D Foundation. Retrieved May 7, 2018.