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CS Tuple from Leawood, KS on 5/12/2020 5:36:42 PM:
Hiking the trail from Machens to Clinton, starting in a few days. Looks like the beginning of the trailhead at Machens is closed down. Any suggestions best place to start our hike.

 
Jim from St. Thomas on 5/13/2020 3:37:27 PM:
St. Charles is where most east to west trail users start.

 
Michael from Camdenton on 5/13/2020 5:12:26 PM:
Yes this is true, but the hike from st Charles to Machens is really worth the effort! I hiked from Clinton to Machens loved every moment!!??

 
BikerBoy from Maryville, IL on 5/14/2020 7:34:16 AM:
You can start at Machens if you want. You will just need to have someone drop you off (there has never been any parking at Machens). A half-mile after you start, you will encounter a large washed out area. Easy for you to hike through (about 50 ft). A little tougher for cyclists. If you want to park, then Black Walnut is the first place on the Eastern end. But like others said, St. Charles is the best place to park if you want your car to be safer.

 
Michael from Camdenton on 5/15/2020 7:34:07 AM:
Start in Black Walnut ??

 
Michael from Camdenton on 5/15/2020 7:58:11 AM:
It’s approximately 5 miles from Machens, it’s the last spot you can park a car , before Machens.