Ozark Trail: Middle Fork Section

MODERATE 10 reviews
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Ozark Trail: Middle Fork Section is a 22.7 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Belleview, Missouri that features a lake 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.

Distance: 22.7 miles Elevation Gain: 2,670 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bike touring

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

over grown

rocky

Plentiful water with rock-bottomed creeks, small waterfalls, and a mix of hardwoods and pines. Fast becoming a favorite destination! Contoured trail that winds up and down the ridges and hollows of the headwaters of the Black Fork of the Middle River. Pines, oaks, hickory, sassafras, dogwood, and paw-paws surrounding spring-fed rock-bottomed brooks, a small waterfall, and a wetland that is home to the endangered Hines Emerald Dragonfly, along with spring wildflowers and the occasional deer, turkey, and hawk. Plus much more. While this section of trail has no commanding vistas, it's a great trip with plenty of small wonders, as you wind through the remote forests of the Eastern Ozarks.

hiking
over grown
rocky
2 months ago

running
Sun Jan 13 2019

Had a great time trailrunning with a couple friends this entire segment on 01/06/18. We found it very runnable with just a few trees to hop. We ran point to point starting at Council Bluff lake, running 4 miles to the beginning of the Middle Fork section ending at Hwy J parking near Oates. My Garmin Fenix 3 recorded this section point to point SoBo as22.89 miles with 2800ft of gain. Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/2060795375/shareable_images/map_based?hl=en-US&v=1546811321

Wed Oct 18 2017

Great downhill spots and rock formations

Sun Mar 05 2017

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.

hiking
Thu Oct 22 2015

I've hiked and Mountain Biked this trail. It's best in the fall as there are a couple of areas that can get over grown. Easy flowing with plenty of water.

backpacking
2 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Sun May 10 2015