The Ozark Trail: Current River Section

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The Ozark Trail: Current River Section is a 29.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Ellington, Missouri that features a river and is rated as difficult. 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
29.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,228 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

trail running

forest

river

views

wildlife

Although this section begins at the Current River, it quickly turns off toward Stegall Mountain. Some believe it is the most scenic trail in Missouri. The trail begins by crossing to the west bank of the Current River on the Highway 106 bridge. It then heads south, generally paralleling the river for approximately two miles. From that point it proceeds up Indian Creek, crosses a saddle on the south end of Barnett Mountain, and descends to Rocky Creek. The trail passes a beautiful shut-ins area between Buzzard Mountain and Mill Mountain before heading for Stegall Mountain. Glades atop Stegall Mountain allow expansive and unrestricted views of the Ozark landscape. From Stegall Mountain the trail heads southeast through Peck Ranch Wildlife Area toward Highway 60. Spring maintenance including sawing, lopping, and leaf blowing has left this section in great shape! Make sure you have a good map and compass or gps between Stegall and Peck Ranch as the MDC burn area can be difficult to follow if you are not familiar with this section. There will be seasonal growth in the bottomland areas of the trail, but the corridor should be generally free of downfall. If you enjoy hiking/backpacking in the summer, this is a good destination. It has a lot of good swimming holes to cool down from the heat. Just remember that you'll encounter an occasional weedy patch with all the rain this area has received.