Pee Wee’s Crossing is an extraordinarily scenic route along a shaded creek bed within Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch (SMORR). Being one of two Jeep “Badge of Honor” trails within the park, the trail draws Jeep owners from great distances, though the trail is, of course, available for all to enjoy. The trail provides options to run either parallel to or directly in a shallow creek bed, with frequent crossovers all along the route. A couple small optional waterfall ledges along the route provide travelers with a fun diversion if they so desire. Be sure to pack a lunch as the trail offers several possible spots to stop for lunch and enjoy the sounds of a babbling creek.
7 day forecast for Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch: Pee-Wee's Crossing
Pee Wee’s Crossing is most commonly entered from its eastern trailhead, just west of the park office and electric campsites, however the trail is two-way, so travelers may also enter the western trailhead off Ranch Road 1 near the rear of the park.
I attended the Jeep Jamboree USA event at the SMORR over the weekend and was able to catch Pee-Wee's Crossing during the event. Southern MO has received 42" of rain so far in 2020, so the trail was very wet with Pee-Wee's Crossing resembling a river from start to finish. The waterfall at Waypoint 3 is difficult and best suited for a vehicle with a little lift and a locker. An open diff TJ with our group got a little hung up at the tree on the right and needed a little tug to get past the section. This trail was a lot of fun playing in the water.
PeeWee's rating is slightly deceptive, given that your departure angles will dictate your overall rating. It is of note that if the trail is wet, that difficulty goes up a level. Also of note - the by-passes on this trail are worse than the challenges on the trail, so go ahead and tackle that off camber ledge drop into a wheel eating hole in the creek (it's better than the WAY OFF CAMBER bypass between two trees that will cause panel damage). Even with 2.5" lift, we hit the skids many times on this trail - and enjoyed every minute.
We were *really* surprised by the "camp road" at the end of PeeWee's which is a challenge in itself with a monster hill that took an unexpected amount of skill to make it up just to get back to camp. While PeeWee's might be Moderate, the getting back to camp is another test in itself.
Our custom '05 Jeep Liberty Limited w/ Tru-Lok, w/ 2.5" lift and 32" tires had few issues.
Overall, Guard Rail and PeeWee's are located at SMORR which has dozens of trails that scale on up to "INSANE" and will challenge and/or break your toys. It is a great weekend expedition.
Pee-Wee's Crossing was a beautiful trail that runs through half of SMORR. You are in and out of the creek bed for a majority of the trail. A mild trail that has a few mild off camber spots from rocks or drop offs. Highly recommend taking a ride down the trail.
JP began his off-road adventures as a "Toyota guy", then later crossed the dark side when he bought a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. Describing himself as a 'heavy overlander / moderate crawler', he enjoys everything from long beach runs, to the mountains of Colorado, to the rocks of Moab.