The Ozark Trail: Taum Sauk Section

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The Ozark Trail: Taum Sauk Section is a 33.7 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Belleview, Missouri that features a lake 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
33.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5,370 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

This is one of the finest trails in Missouri. It’s rugged, scenic, and passes by one of the best swimming areas you’ll find. Generally in good shape, mostly tree free, but expect some seasonal growth. Hwy 21 to Taum Sauk to JSI should be mostly clear, with a tree down here and there and some seasonal growth. Hwy A to Johnson’s Shut-Ins Scour Area is reported as mostly clear. When the water is high near Johnsons Shut-Ins, continue north into the park and cross at the Scour or Hwy N. It’s hard to understate how great this section is. You have 1.5 billion-year-old mountains, igneous glades, springs, grand vistas, odd rock formations, and a swimming hole complete with natural flumes. The section is 35 miles in length, but lends itself to two different hikes: one from Highway A to Shut-Ins (15 miles), and the other to Shut-Ins to Taum Sauk (12.5 miles ( although you can continue to Highway 21 for a total of 18 miles). This trail will slow you down– you’ll find your average speed drop a mile-an-hour for your normal pace as you negotiate the rough terrain. One person described the tread as “a natural stair-stepping machine.” Look for the cairns in the igneous glades, as it’s easy to get lost.