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hiking
17 hours ago

The smith creek loop is not depicted correctly on this map. It’s actually closer to 6.5 miles and when you follow the red trail markers for smith creek loop you’ll see you go quite a ways off the map provided on this app. The trail is pretty rocky but beautiful. Nice look out points about half way through.

We started at the end of the Trace Section where the OT crosses Hwy 21 and hiked the beginning of the Taum Sauk section to the Goggins Mountain Spur Trail (approx 16 miles) and then exited the trail via Goggiins Mtn loop. Major creeks had plenty of water as well as the spring near Padfield Branch Creek. (Located behind an old shed.) There were established campsites near most water sources and at most overlooks. Only saw about 6 other people on the trail. The trail was well-marked and maintained except for downed trees just south of the intersection with Bell Mountain Wilderness loop. Great Hike!

By the way...the route shown with this thread is NOT the Taum Sauk section of the OT.

Great prairie and creek trail. We went when the trees were changing and it added to the beauty. The natural bridge (more like a cave) was pretty although when we went there people were camping out in the cave and left tons of beer cans and litter inside. It seemed that they were there for a while. That spoiled the highlight of this trail for us. The length of the trail was perfect. Not too challenging at all.

Our favorite

Nice easy trail. Has some scenic views and access to the Big River. Some pretty Little Rock bluffs. No one in the trail when we were there. Has a pretty little bridge.

hiking
8 days ago

What's the best general month of the year to go so that there is water in the streams and waterfalls ?

backpacking
9 days ago

backpacking
10 days ago

backpacking
14 days ago

Washed out in several places where you will have to search for the other side of the trail for awhile. Trail dips into thick stinging nettle and briar patches at times. Scenery is meh, not really worth hiking until the winter. Poorly marked. Needs maintenance

Did ridge runner north loop before connecting to Ozark trail. The trail was washed out badly in multiple places, you will have to search good for the other side of the trail in those places. Trail dips into thick briar patches and stinging nettle patches at times. Scenery is ok. Upside: if you camp out there the stars are nice and the coyotes/owls are nice to listen to.

hiking
15 days ago

Great hike! Plenty to see. Some small creek beds to cross and great distance for an easy workout.

15 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

Beautiful area, area not well maintained but it's an area we love

hiking
17 days ago

mountain biking
22 days ago

Very scenic and well taken care of in sections. Some sections have a little overgrowth, especially parts that use the Fire roads. I recommend wearing quality bug spray, as I was inflected with chigger bites.

mountain biking
22 days ago

I did about 13 miles in and out on the East Trail at Berryman. What a treasure tucked away in the Mark Twain National Forrest. The part of the trail I biked was not very scenic, but was very fun moderate trail.

The trail was very unkempt and overgrown. Would have liked to have seen the reported views from the ridge line portion of the trail, but the trail seemed to disappear less than 1/2 mile in so we didn't get that far. We were so focused on picking our way through the stickers we didn't get to enjoy much scenery, though we did get to see a large groundhog up close and a few noteworthy spiders. No plans to go back.