Ruby Jack Trail

The Ruby Jack Trail - a 16 mile "Rails to Trails" project that starts in Carthage, MO and goes through the towns of Oronogo and Carl Junction, and extends all the way to the Kansas State Line.

The 8 eastern miles (Carthage through Oronogo) are complete and include several parking areas.  The 8 western miles (MM highway, thru Carl Junction and on to the Kansas State Line) are open but need upgraded.  

The 2014 Mother Road Bicyle Tour will offer the option to ride the Ruby Jack Trail.


Ruby Jack Trail video is now available...

There is a trail head with parking located in Carthage near the intersection of Oak Street and Old 66 Highway. It is located across the street from the city golf course. The GPS Coordinates for the trail head are: N 37° 10.547'   W 94°  20.701'. Click on the coordinates for a detailed map of the trail head.


Parkinig is also available at

County Road 164 north of Old 66 Blvd                          +37° 10' 26.11", -94° 21' 17.52"

County Road 180 Near Leggett and Platt Corporate

County Road 200 south of MO96                                +37° 11' 43.68", -94° 27' 21.91"

Grant St In Oronogo South of 96

The Ruby Jack Trail is now officially open to the public! All 16 miles of the trail are currently open for hiking and mountain biking, but the 8 western miles can be very rough.  This section will be developed next.  A lot of work needs to be done before it can be used by all types of bikes. Please be careful when hiking or biking on the 8 western miles of the trail. Remember, use of any motorized vehicle on any part of the trail is expressly forbidden. Please report any use of motorized vehicles on the trail to the JTC or the Jasper County Sherrif's Dept.