The Ozark Trail: Eleven Point Section is a 27.5 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Alton, MO that features a lake 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
Great vistas and a visit to the cool Eleven Point make this a favorite section. Recent tread repair, sawing, signing, lopping, and leaf blowing leaves this section in good shape. The trail from Hurricane Creek west to Greer Recreation Area along the "lower route" has heavy stinging nettle grown in the summer, so be prepared. This can be a beautiful area to travel in the summer, but summer growth combined with heat, humidity and insects can detract from its beauty. There are some tread issues on the lower route near east of Greer Recreation Area plus some erosion issues near Bockman Spring. This trail can be a great adventure in the summer with swimming and fishing opportunities along the Eleven Point River, but it's not a "walk in the park." The trail leaves the 3152 trailhead, winding along the side slopes to Hurricane Creek. The crossing may be unsafe to use during high water periods. The first 10 miles pass through very rugged slopes and flowage associated with the Eleven Point National Scenic River. Several fine views of the Eleven Point valley are present. From the Greer Recreation area, at mile 10, the trail parallels the Eleven Point River on its way to McCormack Lake. There is a fine picture opportunity at the mouth of Greer Spring and an excellent bluff view of the river near mile 12. A spur leads to McCormack Lake at mile 13. Continuing west, the trail winds through the rugged Eleven Point terrain and offers two more contacts with the river. Near mile 20, the trail passes next to Bockman Spring, which is part of the Spring Creek flowage. All spring water should be treated before use. The westernmost 10 miles of the trail are in the Spring Creek flowage and offer occasional views of the creek and bottom fields.
Smooth walk from McCormack Lake dam to a bluff with a great view of the 11 point river. Nice picnic table to have a seat and relax up there as well. Only about 2 miles until the views!
Must add that the waypoint that the app shows is no where even close. The trailhead is actually south on highway 19 out of Winona. You will drive 10-15 miles until turning on the county road.
Amazing view about 2 miles in
Hiked from McCormack to first bluff view. about 1.8 miles in. Was amazing. went to check out before overnighter at end of the month. Can't wait.
This totally wild country! Loved it. Going back this weekend to canoe and trout fish. Very isolated with low traffic.
The GPS point here is way off.
This is a great hike. One of my favorites it has a great combination of terrain. There are some creeks you have to cross that can be very slippery when wet. And some of the uphill portions can be taxing, but it's well worth it for the views.
The gps point is way out of place. Google directions instead of following the map in this site. :-(