Ozark Trail: Courtois Section is a 11.5 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Leasburg, MO that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This trail uses the western half of the Berryman loop trail, adds a 12-mile section to the south to reach the Trace Creek Trail, and connects to the North into the trail at Huzzah Conservation Area. The trail south of the Courtois to Butts road is rocky along the creek, then follows a double-track road to the edge of Huzzah CA land. The new trail between Huzzah and Bass Resort and on to Harmon Springs was just completed in Spring 2010 and open. The trail from Harmon Springs to Hazel creek is in good shape and is very popular with mountain bikers and equestrians. Overall this section is in nice shape. There may be a couple of trees down here and there, but should be mostly tree-free. The new trail east of Bass' Resort is now open. You still have a small portion of road to walk from the entrance to Bass, but after you cross the the low-water bridge stay to the right side of the road and look for the trail entrance also on the right. The Berryman portion of the trail is showing its age (70 years!) and is the subject of a future improvements and a renovation project. Courtois Creek in the Huzzah Conservation Area can be subject to flooding. Consider calling Bass River Resort (573)786-8517 or Ozark Outdoors (800-888-0023) for a river update. Portions of the trail in bottomlands or open areas can be weedy in the summer, especially near Harmon Spring. As this section is incomplete, the OTC has not published a brochure. You can get information on the Huzzah CA from the Missouri Department of Conservation and info on Berryman from the US Forest Service.
A taste of everything here. Can be tough in spots but plenty of calm terrain as well. I recommend a night at Bass.
First section of Ozark trail mostly followed active logging roads. The trail is over blazed in areas where it isn't necessary and under blazed at key points. The logging Rd hits a Y that isn't blazed at all walking toward courtois Creek. Bear left.... Going right takes you to the back side of the shooting range. Logging rds to one side.. The last 1000yds of the trail are actually a "trail" and it follows the river and some pretty bluffs and caves.
Started hiking at the Hazel Creek trailhead on Saturday morning, November 21st and finished on Tuesday the 24th. We averaged twelve miles a day, could have gone faster but due to error we had to make all our food with a campfire and the days were short. The entire section was blazed beautifully. There were only two spots where there were minor navigation questions over the entire 48 miles. The trails are in excellent shape. Stayed the third and final night at Bass River Resort in a cabin and also had a pizza delivered.
The section from Bass River to Ozark Outdoors was my favorite. The trail and caves along the Courtois were awesome, the forests in the hills above were picturesque. Can't say again how nice it was to hike such a well maintained trail, kudos to the OTA for the trail condition and markings.
This section of the Ozark Trail is 48 miles according to the Ozark Trail Association map. It begins at the Huzzah conservation area and ends at the Hazel Creek Campground. I hiked the trail starting on Friday, April 11 and ended on Sunday, April 13 a total of three days. I got a late start and only hiked 13 miles on Friday. But it worked out okay because I was able to rent a cabin at bass River resort and they even delivered a pizza. I hiked 23 miles on Saturday to arrive at the Berryman campground. Then did 14 miles on Sunday to finish the hike at Hazel Creek Campground. The trail was in great shape and well blazed. It was a great hike. My goal is to section hike the Ozark trail and then do a thru hike. I have one section down and several to go.
This trail is misplaced. The map shows a trail in Ozark, Missouri. It starts at the Ozark Community Center.
It is a nice trail along the Finley river.
My rating is for the Ozark trail.