The Ozark Trail: Karkaghne Section

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The Ozark Trail: Karkaghne Section is a 28 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Black, MO that features a river 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.

28.0 miles Point to Point

dogs on leash




mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


horseback riding




wild flowers





old growth

over grown



This section is 28 miles long. There is a pretty good gap without water sources between Bee Fork and Grasshopper Hollow, so water planning is important. The lower 18 miles of this section were constructed in the 80's, running from Sutton Bluff to Highway 72. In 2000, a 10-mile extension to Oates was added. This is mainly a side-slope trail, running just below the ridge-tops as it snakes its way from Oates to Highway 72, occasionally dipping into the valleys as it crosses the West Fork of the Black River, Bee Fork and a few hollows along the way. Near the southern end of the trail is a side-trip to Grasshopper Hollow, the largest fen complex in non-glaciated North America. Current Trail Conditions As of 08/03/2010, the condition is: Caution for Hiking. Caution for Bikes and Horses. Recent storm damage and heavy growth have been reported 1.5 mi north of Sutton Bluff (mi 94), just south of the top of Sutton Bluff (between mi 96 and mi 97), and between Bee Fork and 2309 (mi 100 and mi 105). Hikers may be able to get through, but bikes and horses can not. You can by-pass this area using a road route: CR-849 to CR-854 to CR-862. From 2309 to Hwy P Trailhead has been recently cleared. 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. Mountain biking and horse riding on these sections of trail is not recommended due to the large holes in the tread. The Forest Service will be making repairs on the tread on this section over the next year. It will take some time.

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