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




horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips


bike touring

bird watching







wild flowers





over grown


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.

over grown
2 months ago

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.

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.

2 months ago

10 months ago

Sun May 10 2015