The Ozark Trail: Blair Creek Section

MODERATE 4 reviews
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The Ozark Trail: Blair Creek Section is a 26.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Bunker, 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.

DISTANCE
26.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3028 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

old growth

over grown

rocky

This was one of the first new trail sections of the OT. It passes through the Roger Pryor Backcountry on its way to the Current River at Owls Bend. The beginning of the trail follows a major ridge line that divides Big Creek and Blair Creek. It then leaves the ridge and enters the watershed of Blair Creek. The trail follows Blair Creek southward as the creek carves a long, deepening valley in its descent to the Current River. Old home sites, springs, and reverting fields clad with wildflowers dot Blair Creek Valley. The trail slowly makes its way to the bluffs high above the Current River and to the most outstanding views of the river along the entire trail.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Nice walk through Ozarks rolling hills!

hiking
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

As there is no listing for it, I am adding a review of LAXTON HOLLOW TRAIL, which dead ends into the OT: Blair creek section. We hiked there and back again, only about five miles of traversing glade trails and goat trails. The scenery is exceedingly beautiful in the winter landscape. Much of the path looked as if it was constructed by hobbit- all covered in a cushy blanket of mosses and leaves. The views overlooking the draws were spectacular. I will be trying this trail in other seasons!

hiking
Wednesday, November 05, 2014

This is one of the better sections of the Ozark Trail network in that there is abundant water along it. We hiked from North to South and encountered many water sources even in October. There is a lot of walking in the woods without much interesting scenery. Hiking this in the fall or winter is nice because you can see the creeks and where the trail is on the hillsides, making the trip more interesting. I was frustrated in the early miles that there were no good places to get down to Blair Creek. It looked very inviting for a dip and yet no good beach or sand bar was very accessible.
It takes a lot of looking around to find a decent campsite unless you are willing to camp in the bottoms which--in the fall--were damp from heavy dew and fog. This trail is nice and secluded although there were quite a few ATV drivers on the forest roads. One pair stopped to talk with us and could not understand what motivated us to be walking in the woods. How could that be interesting? He also was surprised that we were not carrying guns, saying "I wouldn't sleep in these woods without a gun." I thought human risk, but he said because of coyotes or cats. Neither caused us any concern. This is not a difficult trail. In most places it was pretty well marked.