Ozark Trail: Courtois Section

MODERATE 26 reviews

Ozark Trail: Courtois Section is a 12.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Leasburg, Missouri that features a waterfall 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.

12.2 miles
1,496 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash






horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

paddle sports

trail running







wild flowers




old growth



The Curtois Section begins at the Huzzah Conservation Area and ends at the Hazel Creek Campground. Most people choose to only walk a segment of the trail. The trail south of the Courtois to Butts road is rocky along the creek, then follows a double-track road to the edge of Huzzah CA land. The new trail between Huzzah and Bass Resort and on to Harmon Springs was just completed in Spring 2010 and open. The trail from Harmon Springs to Hazel creek is in good shape and is very popular with mountain bikers and equestrians. Overall this section is in nice shape. There may be a couple of trees down here and there, but should be mostly tree-free. The new trail east of Bass' Resort is now open. You still have a small portion of road to walk from the entrance to Bass, but after you cross the the low-water bridge stay to the right side of the road and look for the trail entrance also on the right. Courtois Creek in the Huzzah Conservation Area can be subject to flooding. Consider calling Bass River Resort (573)786-8517 or Ozark Outdoors (800-888-0023) for a river update. Portions of the trail in bottomlands or open areas can be weedy in the summer, especially near Harmon Spring.

13 days ago

Did this trail last weekend but had to stop at the creek. Water sources along trail are low because lack of rain and smelled so I would not filter.
Going south bound from Ozark Outdoor, at the 2.5 mile mark there are trees down over the trail and will require you to climb over them.
Overall great hike and beautiful views.

6 months ago

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

7 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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

10 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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.

Monday, July 31, 2017

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.

Friday, October 21, 2016

A taste of everything here. Can be tough in spots but plenty of calm terrain as well. I recommend a night at Bass.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

April is an excellent time to go. Good temperature, bugs not out yet but wildflowers in full bloom. Saw an incredible variety of flowers. The best spot was along the bluff base by Bat cave just after (wet) crossing the Courtois river. Saw lots of large birds as well like Heron, Turkey Vultures, an Eagle and Osprey and several I wasn't sure of. Heard several 0wls and turkey. Beautiful camp on bluff top at mile 8 overlooking the Huzzah. At Bass resort we rented a canoe and floated the Courtois/Huzzah/Meramec back to our car including a night camping on a gravel bar. Excellent trip. Joe King has uploaded an excellent track file. Note: The flood of Dec 2016 left many trees down in the water which made for tricky canoeing but not bad if you know what you are doing.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

First section of Ozark trail mostly followed active logging roads. The trail is over blazed in areas where it isn't necessary and under blazed at key points. The logging Rd hits a Y that isn't blazed at all walking toward courtois Creek. Bear left.... Going right takes you to the back side of the shooting range. Logging rds to one side.. The last 1000yds of the trail are actually a "trail" and it follows the river and some pretty bluffs and caves.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Started hiking at the Hazel Creek trailhead on Saturday morning, November 21st and finished on Tuesday the 24th. We averaged twelve miles a day, could have gone faster but due to error we had to make all our food with a campfire and the days were short. The entire section was blazed beautifully. There were only two spots where there were minor navigation questions over the entire 48 miles. The trails are in excellent shape. Stayed the third and final night at Bass River Resort in a cabin and also had a pizza delivered.

The section from Bass River to Ozark Outdoors was my favorite. The trail and caves along the Courtois were awesome, the forests in the hills above were picturesque. Can't say again how nice it was to hike such a well maintained trail, kudos to the OTA for the trail condition and markings.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

This section of the Ozark Trail is 48 miles according to the Ozark Trail Association map. It begins at the Huzzah conservation area and ends at the Hazel Creek Campground. I hiked the trail starting on Friday, April 11 and ended on Sunday, April 13 a total of three days. I got a late start and only hiked 13 miles on Friday. But it worked out okay because I was able to rent a cabin at bass River resort and they even delivered a pizza. I hiked 23 miles on Saturday to arrive at the Berryman campground. Then did 14 miles on Sunday to finish the hike at Hazel Creek Campground. The trail was in great shape and well blazed. It was a great hike. My goal is to section hike the Ozark trail and then do a thru hike. I have one section down and several to go.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Excellent trail thru backcountry Ozark mountains. My friends and I did this last summer in the August heat and I don't recommend going at that time of year. Trail essentially runs up and down the entire length with very little flat. We camped overnight and did the full hike in 2 days. We're going again in a few weeks and hope to fare better against mother nature. BRING TICK SPRAY!

Sunday, September 02, 2012

This trail is misplaced. The map shows a trail in Ozark, Missouri. It starts at the Ozark Community Center.

It is a nice trail along the Finley river.
My rating is for the Ozark trail.

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