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go in the off season and go explore. get off the wood broad walk and into the woods!! blue trail was one of the best out of the weekend.

I hiked this trail plus several more miles to hw 21. The trail was well maintained as well as the camp sights. You gain elevation quickly and enjoy a challenging hike with rewarding views. Not much water so bring plenty.

My husband and I hiked this trail while it was raining. Hiking in the cold rain wasn’t fun, but the payoff when we got to the falls was amazing. The falls were so beautiful! If it’s raining or has rained recently I would definitely recommend waterproof boots.

This trail was awesome! We went the day after it had rained all day and the shut-ins were full & gorgeous! There were even some really pretty waterfalls along the trail too - again I think this was because we went right after a big rain. Manageable with tennis shoes, but waterproof hiking shoes/boots would’ve made this trail more fun since it was so wet.

hiking
20 days ago

Go after heavy rain for a big reward. Beautiful, forgot I was not in Colorado. Absolutely love Arcadia Valley.

A great family hike. Beautiful scenery. Waterfall at the midpoint made the hike.

Would not consider it an easy trail. Moderate-difficult is much more appropriate. Great views!

GPS tracked the trail near 10.6 miles.. trail should not be rated as hard. Ok, moderate, easy to follow trail.

Excellent trail hike. Elevation drops a bit as you near the falls which is the most difficult part of the hike. Go after a recent rain event or in the wet season to see the falls in all their glory.

For Missouri this is some great hiking/backpacking. It is rugged, and some decent hills that will get you out of breath. You have access to go to the top of Russell Mt. and Taum Suak Mt. along the way. I went in March, so the waterfalls a mile or so past Taum Sauk were flowing. Slept at a campsite about a 1/8 of a mile away from the falls. Without the leaves on the tree you get to see some pretty cool views along the way. During the summer the views would be much more limited. Devils Tollgate is about another mile down the trail past the falls. Give your self time to hike it, the hills and the rocky trail will slow you down a bit. The Taum Suak section of the Ozark Trail is the best hiking and backpacking in Missouri.

Phenomenally beautiful trail with many waterfalls and geological formations.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is one of the weirdest I've taken. First of all there were shotgun shells all over the place. There was also a lot of trash, and a dead dog. We got a bad vibe from this place so left after walking down to the river.

I must be a terrible hiker. People on here claim to start at the Bell Mountain Wilderness (Highway A) and get to the peak (Taum Sauk) in 6 hours with 30lbs packs and what have you. Bell Mountain to Taum Sauk is a 30 mile trail. That's 10 minute miles. Plan ahead and give yourself some time. It took us about 14-15 hours to complete across two days. Saw some boars, very pretty waterfall, amazing viewpoints. Everything you can need to know about this trail is located on the OzarkTrail website.

Absolutely worth the uphill hike. Views are beautiful, this is a photographer's dream. Just be sure to take the right trail on the way down. You have to look for your trail and a log bench on the right otherwise you will take the obvious trail that goes straight... into nowhere.

The bald Knob has an awesome view, everything else on the trail is just a long stroll through the woods. Don’t waste your with the loop unless you are doing it for the exercise.

backpacking
1 month ago

My husband and I hiked this trail last summer and it was a great experience! Definitely a rugged trail, and any visitors should be fully prepared with water and water filtration systems if they're planning on a longer trek. The views were worth any difficulties!!! We were also surprised by several cleared campsites along the way that weren't on the MO State Parks map.

I did Bell Mountain Wilderness to Taum Sauk Mountain State Park. This portion of my trip was absolutely beautiful! It was rocky, rugged, and steep; give yourself plenty of time. I planned to camp here; it took me 6.5 hours to finish this portion with a 30lb pack. I recommend doing this in the fall, winter, or early spring as there will be some overgrown areas. Ketcherside Mountain had some amazing views. Please leave no trace!!

Had a few cool little look out spots, generally easy trail, waterfalls were cool and there is a bathroom at the trail head.

trail running
1 month ago

Super fun trail to run. I have two GPS watches (Garmin and Epson) going, mine and my dogs, and didn't go "off trail" but for 0.2 tenths of a mile and both watches showed 10.55 miles, so it is longer than advertised here, but the trail head shows 10 miles. I followed the recommendations from below and ran counter clockwise and feel it was a good choice as you have more "fire roads" on the west side and lest boulder fields. The hogs have done a number on the trail though on the west side, but still runable. Took a little over 3 hours at an easy pace. Trail is CLEARLY blazed and not an issue to follow as you can almost always see the next blaze once you are at the current one. Only place that was a small issue is the creek bed area at the start as the normal spring floodings over the years can make it not quite obvious where the path is, but it's not hard to find it again. Nice views on the east side but more rock fields. Good, good trail to experience, did it with my pup and had a great time.

Nice winter hike! A scenic lookout, but mostly trees to look at. Old growth Sycamores, tall straight Pines, twisted, bent and a lot of dead trees. the 137' climb up the stairs was hard on us and our 3 old dogs, but we all made it!

It's pretty hard if you aren't a habitual hiker, but the bald knob is worth every step and drop of sweat.

breathtaking views! Go after a big rain to aee the falls in all their glory..

Walking on rocks that are 1.6 billion years old. Incredible geological history.

Fairly short, but beautiful hike. The trails footing is manageable. Pay attention to the end of the trail in the wooded part of the hike cause it's hard to find again.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a pretty fun trail due to the low traffic and occasional good views. According to my pedometer, GPS and some locals, this trail is more like 12 miles which was pretty misleading. There is a reverse notch on the trail loop back where the markers are a little sparse. Make sure you have this map downloaded and make sure you have lots of water / trail snacks because it is very easy to become disoriented.

I would definitely hike in a clockwise direction next time, I'm sure it would be much better that way!

Good scout trail.

Good scout trail

great trail! definitely get the provided walking sticks, they're extremely helpful. we'll have to come back again in the wet season, because the falls were just a trickle here in december.
lost the markers for a bit because we went straight when it curved a hard right, but the app's gps showed us where we went wrong and got us back on track.

The trail was great, it is however a horse trail as well so there are some landmines. On the trail at 9am and went counter-clockwise. In hindsight going clockwise would have timed the sun better with the Western and Eastern facing overlooks. Taking the five minute white connector to the OT is a must.

Plenty of signs there are boars in this area, wallows, rooting and rubs.

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