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We didn't get far because you literally have to wade through the river to begin the trail. However, I did it . It was only knee deep and not slick - just be ready to take off your shoes and wade across. So, we spent the day climbing around the beautiful waterfall and up the mountain beside it. We were able to see quite the view just there! It was so worth it!

Beautiful hiking !! Nice people an great for dogs also!!!

Beautiful trails and definitely worth it. Not good for the winter months due to the creek crossing and if you have a dog, the shooting range isn’t great, especially if they’re jumpy. Guns were literally shooting the entire time we were hiking.

First two miles of the trails were great, but was not able to continue due to the lack of trail markers. The switch backs we were suppose to encounter were not visible from any point, and poor signage led to a bad experience.

the trail is well marked and maintained very well. can't wait to get back there.

Definitely good for beginner hikers or bikers. Some of its paved until you get out on the trace trail part of it.

Great downhill spots and rock formations

Loved it. The camp host was on site and very helpful--he got us checked in without having to wait until the office officially opened, so we could hit the trails well before dark. The walk-in campsites, which is where we stayed, can't be reserved, but we were there mid-week and were able to choose from three open sites. While they're not very removed from one another (you can see and hear fellow campers), it was still a great experience. We picked a site right next to the creek and feel asleep to the sound of gurgling water and tree frogs.

The bathhouse is also quite nice with individual shower rooms and laundry facilities. Firewood and ice are available when the office is open (or the host is available), and, of course, the trails are epic. Beautiful scenery, well-maintained paths, and good, long trail loops for hours of hiking.

P.S. I agree with other reviewers: Keep your stuff secure from raccoons--those little buggers are quite clever and persistent!

Great trail and backpacking experience. Note that the raccoons are very very clever. Actually bit through my URsack - made for a very hungry last day. Also the Alltrails map isn't as accurate as the map you can get at the trailhead. Wife and I did the North and South loop as well as the pickle creek section - which is is rugged. Plenty of water, scenic views, and good times.

We backpacked this section of the Ozark Trail last week on a hotter than usual day. The scenery, cave, and water crossing was fun. we camped at Bass River Resort and then canoed/kayaked back to the trailhead the next day. Would do this again.

Gorgeous! Must see in MO!

Nice walk through Ozarks rolling hills!

We did the 2 1/2 mile section from Lower Narrows trail head, North to the Courtois creek crossing / Bat Cave. We were just messing around, looking for a hike to do while our friends were floating the Huzzah. We had our 5 and 7 year old kids with us. The hike wasn't difficult, but it wasn't really what I was looking for. I was hoping for something more scenic with views of the Huzzah and Courtois rivers. Next time I will do more research to find a better section. It was around 5 miles, there and back. One bonus was that we actually had decent AT&T cell service while on the trail, unlike the campground we were staying at.

I somehow ended up walking a paved trail that started at the Ozark Community Center. It was a pretty trail but I will need to complete the actual Trace Creek section trail.

Great campground. Solid hike with beautiful views.

Overgrown in the summer. Beautiful in colder weather. Well marked and some beautiful views.

This hidden gem was great!! My husband and I both agreed that late fall/early springtime would be better times to go, simply because you can really enjoy all of the rock formations.

One of the volunteers that helps upkeep this section of trail and has been involved in the Ozark Trail for a number of years has a kickstarter going to help publish a book that highlights many gems along the Ozark Trail.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2019427560/the-ozark-trail-images-of-missouris-longest-hiking?ref=category

Well marked. Thick swamps and had to trail blaze just to continue. Not well maintained. No clean water to filter or treat. Otherwise pretty good

What an amazing trail system, hiked all the trails on Thursday. Right now it is a little over grown in the areas close to water which lead to me ending up with a lot of ticks on me through the hike (58 on me and 17 attached). I did about nine miles of hiking with my wife in early spring and the vegetation wasn't crowding the trail as much. I would suggest if you are going to do a hike that includes the South Loop make sure to wear light weigh pants no matter the temperature this summer. All three of the backcountry campsites are great and they are free, the two on the South Loop are close to water, the one in the middle of the North Loop isn't. Easily worth multiple visits even if it means having a couple of ticks.

After locating the western trailhead I only made it a few yards before having to pick my carbon fat bike over the first of hundreds of downed trees crossing the trail. Never could get on a roll and actually stay on the bike for very far the whole 19 miles. In many areas the trail was so overgrown that I was plowing through heavy vegetation and this being April 25 I question if it would be passable in a few weeks. Many water crossings. No great views. No cool features. Goes through Seed Tick Hollow... and they mean it ! Took my wife and I six hours to remove 3000 ticks from the dog she picked up despite tick control treatment! My pockets were full of ticks. I rate the trail "All the punishment, non of the reward." If you want a much better local wilderness mountain bike trail that's fun fat bike perfect, go to the University Forest Trail.

backpacking
Monday, March 20, 2017

If you want solitude, this is your trail. I didn't see anyone on the trail the entire trek. I started on the south end of the trail. Finding the trailhead was extremely difficult. I originally went the wrong way based on the directions provided. I did not make it to the Wrangler TH, but parked at the end of the trail about 1.5miles down the way. I left my car on the side of a gravel road as there was no parking. I soloed this trail over a couple days and got lost a few times. Overall the campsite at Upalika TH was nice as it was next to a huge pond. The bad part about this trail was all of the county roads I had to cross. Also, at Upalika TH there was a main road that went by that had lots of ATV trails in the area. Not so much solitude here. :( In the end this ended up being an easy trail with little elevation gain or loss. Not really any cool natures scenes (waterfalls, rock formations, large creeks) either which was a bummer.

Nice hikes with some steep hills. Love doing the pickle creek loop and being able to cool off the in creek and sit on the bluffs.

Rode this in and out trail recently. It is a gem! Hardly any traffic... we saw one trail runner. Bring a lot of snacks and water. I can only assume once the mosquitos are out you'd need to protect against them and ticks so come prepared! Great climbs... super fun descents. Be smart, come prepared and the cell coverage is almost non existent.

Really nice stroll through the Ozarks hills. Trail isn't travelled enough to be really well defined, but I had no problems finding my water through going either direction. I parked at Crane Lake, hiked over to Marble Creek Campground and then returned back the same way to my car at Crane Lake. Was around an 18 Mile out and back.

hiking
Sunday, February 26, 2017

This is a beautiful section of the OT!! It doesn't get as much traffic as the Northern sections, but man it is awesome!

backpacking
Sunday, February 26, 2017

One of my favorite sections of the OT!! It doesn't get a lot of foot traffic, so it maybe a little faint in areas, but a really beautiful hike! If it works out, the scenic overlook of the 11 point at the boom hole would be an awesome place to camp for a small group!!!

backpacking
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

First time to Missouri and I was not dissatisfied. Trail conditions were good considering the amount of leave cover, only real downfall was amount of traffic even this early in the year. The weather was unseasonably warm as I'm sure that played a part. I would consider another trip down the Ozark Trail again. Many other sections to explore.

Beautiful walk and need to get near the pickle springs trail.

backpacking
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Easy to follow, well marked trails that weave through a very diverse area made for a great weekend trip. The WCs that don't connect to campsite 1 (I forget their numbers definitively) may are may not be worth it, but Pickle Creek and both loops provide great visuals.

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