Ozark Trail: Middle Fork Section

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Mark Twain National Forest

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.

Length22.7 miElevation gain2,670 ftRoute typePoint to point
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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.

From Bixby, MO... Head east on MO-32 10.5 mi. Turn left on MO-DD The trailhead is 280 ft from MO-32/MO-DD intersection. From Caledonia, MO... Head south on MO-21 for 4.1 mi. Turn right at MO-32 and follow for 14.4 mi. Turn right at MO-DD trail head 280 ft from MO-32/MO-DD intersection. From Lesterville, MO... Head west on MO-21 for 3.7 mi. Take a slight right at MO-49 and continue 19.3 mi. Turn right at MO-32 and continue for 5.1 mi. Turn left at MO-DD Trailhead is 280 ft MO-32/MO-DD intersection. From Ironton, MO... Head northwest on MO-21 for 3.6 mi. Turn left to stay on MO-21 and continue for 6.8 mi. Turn left at MO-32 and follow for 14.4 mi. Turn right at MO-DD Trailhead is 280 ft MO-32/MO-DD intersection

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Jon Pritts
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Garry Williams
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Paul Ruff
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I started on my MTB ride off of Highway 32 Highway DD trail head and turned right. I went a little over 5 miles to a cool rock formation with small stream and little waterfall. It was cool took lots of pictures and GoProed the whole ride. I thought the trail was tough for my novice self but now that I have experienced it, I would definitely go back. Ride back to trail head about 11 miles total. Took break and went about 1.5 miles towards counsel Bluff lake. Turned around and rode back. 13 miles wore me out. It was exhilarating. Not easy.

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Stephanie Schweppe
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Alex Marchica
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David Stores
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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

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Austin Chandler
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Great downhill spots and rock formations

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Eric Milan
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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.

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James Unterreiner
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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.

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Erich Haezebrouck
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Garry Williams
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Esther Lopez Borner
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Louie Casciaro Jr
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Mike H
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Marcie Hayes
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Mike H
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Allison Thiele
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Mike H
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Marcie Hayes
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Erich Haezebrouck
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Mike H
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Marcie Hayes
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Bill Keaggy
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Jarrid Snyder
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Jason Kotterman
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Flora Moore
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Alan Kridelbaugh
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