Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch: Pee-Wee's Crossing

4.6/5 (6 reviews)
Seymour, Missouri (Webster County)
Last Updated: 11/28/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

Pee Wee's Crossing is an extraordinarily scenic route along a shaded creek bed within Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch, better known as SMORR. Being one of two Jeep "Badge of Honor" trails within the park, the trail draws Jeep owners from great distances and for a great reason. The trail provides some of the most scenic offroading within thousands of miles. What makes this trail unique is you can either run parallel to or directly in a shallow creek bed. There are many crossovers along the route that allows you to enter and exit the creek as you choose. And for those who are looking for a bit more, there are three optional waterfalls along the route that provide you with a fun, challenging option. 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. This is one of those trails that needs to be on every person's bucket list. So don't wait, and plan your next trip to experience this legendary and amazingly scenic trail.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Pee Wee’s Crossing is a dirt and rock trail which quickly meets up with, and then runs parallel or through, a creek bed depending on your choice. The area is mostly oak woods that look like a younger growth. Due to the nature of the trail, you can frequently cross over the creek bed in numerous spots or just enjoy a drive down it. The trail does have three waterfalls ranging in difficulty, and all of them are bypassable. While the trail can be run in either direction, most choose to run the 1.8-mile trail from east to west as the eastern trailhead is close to the front of the park. This is also the way the creek flows and allows travelers to descend rather than climb the three optional waterfall ledges. Plan for a few hours to take in the amazing beauty and epic offroading as you traverse this trail
If it is raining or likely to rain, it would be best to stay out of this trail. Also, higher water levels could make this trail more difficult.

Trail Reviews

4.6/5 (7 reviews)
This trail guide's difficulty was changed on 01/28/2022
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/04/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Pee Wee's Crossing is one of the longer trails at SMORR and provides access to a number of side trails, so you can easily spend your day using this trail as your base. Other reviewers have mentioned the primary challenges here, which I agree were the very tippy drop into the creek near the mid-point and the extremely steep and challenging climb out. I took the bypass around the first one and had my own challenges making a very sharp turn and squeezing between two trees without rubbing. I elected to back out the way I came instead of attempting the final climb in my stock Gladiator, after watching a couple of JLs with lockers and a side by side or two struggle with it. That said, it was a fun trip and a great first outing with my Jeep. The staff at SMORR is fantastic and don't miss the roastery and coffee shop in town.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/04/2021

Picked up my first jeep the day before and less than 24 hours later my wife and I tackled this trail. We had a great time and had no major issues in a stock 2016 Cherokee Trailhawk though there were some parts where I definitely learned more about the vehicles capability and my own as a driver. I would recommend this trail to anyone and found it to be enjoyable. Park staff is very friendly and helpful and we look forward to going back.
Trail Review: Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch: Pee-Wee's Crossing - Travis Marshall
Status: Open
Visited: 08/14/2021

Just a heads up, we planned on spending a day at SMORR while on vacation in Branson with my Power Wagon. I called ahead, and was told full sized trucks are no longer allowed in the park at all. It might be worth adding that note to the description so people know ahead of making the trip out there.
Tim Palmer
Official Crew
38850
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/10/2020

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.
Trail Review: Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch: Pee-Wee's Crossing - Tim Palmer
Trail Review: Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch: Pee-Wee's Crossing - Tim Palmer
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