Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch: Guard Rail

3.6/5 (6 reviews)
Seymour, Missouri (Webster County)
Last Updated: 12/01/2022

Trail Information


ORV Park
Guard Rail, a trail in the Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch better known as SMORR, is a Jeep Badge Of Honor Trail and for the right reasons. This fun, scenic, and mildly challenging trail offers everything needed to create an amazing offroad adventure. The trails in this area are truly legendary and worth the drive from long distances to visit and experience. While taking your 4x4 down this epic and legendary trail, you will climb up and down long steep hills, through flowing limestone creeks, and squeeze through oak woods that are just too pretty to explain. If you can, make a weekend of it, camp at the park, overland, and rock crawl, and just enjoy what a neat place this is. We promise it will be one of your favorite trips.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Guard Rail is a short dirt and rock trail in the oak woods of Southern Missouri and is an intermediate scenic trail capped on both ends with a steep descent/ascent and sections following a very scenic and beautiful creek bed in the middle. While the trail can be run in either direction, most choose to run the .5 mile trail from east to west in dry conditions, which will have you descending the lesser grade on the eastern end and ascending the steeper incline on the western end. The steep ascent on the western edge is often heavily rutted and is mildly off-camber, making the climb a challenge for vehicles. For lesser-equipped vehicles or newer drivers, multiple attempts at the climb and/or potential winching may extend the duration to complete the trail.
Rain will make the ascent extremely slippery and increase difficulty, especially the western end. Please add at least a +2 rating if the trail is wet.

Trail Reviews

3.6/5 (7)
Official Crew
Seasonal Closure
Visited: 12/01/2022

Should have closed for the season
Rated 3/5
Visited: 04/09/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

The exit (we ran it in reverse) of Guardrail has gotten worse, JL Rubicon on 37s did not make it up, there is a LOT of mud and deep ruts going up the hill along with a good ledge. These pics don't even come close to what it looks like now. EVERYONE in our group had to pull cable at least once. The rock buggies all took another exit. We also tried the "Harder" line to the left and found it was even more time consuming. The trail is basically the same as Peewee's Crossing other than the exit. The link below is a video of our trip through Guardrail.
This trail guide's difficulty was changed on 01/25/2022
Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/04/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Take this review with a grain of salt, because this was my first ever experience on a Jeep trail. That said, I think the previous reviewer hit it on the head when he said that the video doesn't capture the steepness of the initial and final inclines. I made it in my stock Gladiator Sport S with just a little dragging here and there that was probably due to my choosing of the line. The first drop and last climb were stacked with a lot of large, loose rocks that made progress a little tricky. Still, a fun trail and a great introduction to Jeep BOH!
Official Crew
Rated 2/5
Visited: 06/11/2020

Guard Rail is a steep climb that is not really difficult. Although the route is fun, I an surprised that it is classified as a Jeep Badge of Honor trail. There are many better trails in the Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch.

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