The Ozark Trail: Blair Creek Section is a 26 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Bunker, 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 was one of the first new trail sections of the OT. It passes through the Roger Pryor Backcountry on its way to the Current River at Owls Bend. All clear as far as we know, except for a few step overs in Pogue Hollow. Please send us a report if you know of any other issues. Due to major wind damage resulting in hundreds of downed trees, this section of trail still has many deep holes in the tread left from tree root balls that blew over, and Ozark Trail markers have not been repaired yet. Tread repair on this section will be needed and will be in the plans over the next year. It will take some time. The northern six mile of trail follow a major ridge line that divides Big Creek and Blair Creek. It then leaves the ridge and enters the watershed of Blair Creek. The trail follows Blair Creek southward as the creek carves a long, deepening valley in its descent to the Current River. Old home sites, springs, and reverting fields clad with wildflowers dot Blair Creek Valley. The trail slowly makes its way to the bluffs high above the Current River and to the most outstanding views of the river along the entire trail.
As there is no listing for it, I am adding a review of LAXTON HOLLOW TRAIL, which dead ends into the OT: Blair creek section. We hiked there and back again, only about five miles of traversing glade trails and goat trails. The scenery is exceedingly beautiful in the winter landscape. Much of the path looked as if it was constructed by hobbit- all covered in a cushy blanket of mosses and leaves. The views overlooking the draws were spectacular. I will be trying this trail in other seasons!
This is one of the better sections of the Ozark Trail network in that there is abundant water along it. We hiked from North to South and encountered many water sources even in October. There is a lot of walking in the woods without much interesting scenery. Hiking this in the fall or winter is nice because you can see the creeks and where the trail is on the hillsides, making the trip more interesting. I was frustrated in the early miles that there were no good places to get down to Blair Creek. It looked very inviting for a dip and yet no good beach or sand bar was very accessible.
It takes a lot of looking around to find a decent campsite unless you are willing to camp in the bottoms which--in the fall--were damp from heavy dew and fog. This trail is nice and secluded although there were quite a few ATV drivers on the forest roads. One pair stopped to talk with us and could not understand what motivated us to be walking in the woods. How could that be interesting? He also was surprised that we were not carrying guns, saying "I wouldn't sleep in these woods without a gun." I thought human risk, but he said because of coyotes or cats. Neither caused us any concern. This is not a difficult trail. In most places it was pretty well marked.