The Kings River Overlook Nature Trail is a moderate, 1-mile, out-and-back hiking trail along a bluff overlooking a bend in the Kings River. The trail is on the eastern border of McIlroy Madison County Wildlife Management Area.
The trail is for foot traffic only, and hikers should be very careful to stay away from the bluff's edge.
The Kings River carves through sandstone, shale and limestone on its journey north to the White River, which flows into Missouri's Table Rock Lake.
The trail is an excellent place to view bald eagles, red-shouldered hawks, turkey vultures and other birds that soar using the updraft from the bluff. Deer and turkey are plentiful on the WMA, but are very cautious of humans.
Be aware of hunting seasons on the WMA and wear hunter orange or other brightly colored clothing for safety. Camping and repelling are not allowed along the trail.