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backpacking
9 days ago

Did this trail last weekend but had to stop at the creek. Water sources along trail are low because lack of rain and smelled so I would not filter.
Going south bound from Ozark Outdoor, at the 2.5 mile mark there are trees down over the trail and will require you to climb over them.
Overall great hike and beautiful views.

Easy trail. Pretty wide open. Bring good shoes since there are jagged rocks along the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

This was an enjoyable hike through the Ozark woods. There are a couple of wet weather waterfalls. While the trail is mostly wooded, there are some glades that provide a nice view. A thunderstorm blew in while I was at the half way point, which did create a little excitement. The highlight was a Whitetail Deer next to the trail that made a loud snort and ran off as I did some trail running to avoid the rain and lightening.

This trail follows a steep paved service road uphill (if you go clockwise) and then follows along Highway H leading to the park’s visitor center (which has a great collection of nature and hiking books for sale) and finally it overlaps the Blue Heron Trail back to the starting point.

Beautiful hiking !! Nice people an great for dogs also!!!

Beautiful trails and definitely worth it. Not good for the winter months due to the creek crossing and if you have a dog, the shooting range isn’t great, especially if they’re jumpy. Guns were literally shooting the entire time we were hiking.

the trail is well marked and maintained very well. can't wait to get back there.

backpacking
10 months ago

We backpacked this section of the Ozark Trail last week on a hotter than usual day. The scenery, cave, and water crossing was fun. we camped at Bass River Resort and then canoed/kayaked back to the trailhead the next day. Would do this again.

We did the 2 1/2 mile section from Lower Narrows trail head, North to the Courtois creek crossing / Bat Cave. We were just messing around, looking for a hike to do while our friends were floating the Huzzah. We had our 5 and 7 year old kids with us. The hike wasn't difficult, but it wasn't really what I was looking for. I was hoping for something more scenic with views of the Huzzah and Courtois rivers. Next time I will do more research to find a better section. It was around 5 miles, there and back. One bonus was that we actually had decent AT&T cell service while on the trail, unlike the campground we were staying at.

hiking
Monday, July 31, 2017

One of the volunteers that helps upkeep this section of trail and has been involved in the Ozark Trail for a number of years has a kickstarter going to help publish a book that highlights many gems along the Ozark Trail.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2019427560/the-ozark-trail-images-of-missouris-longest-hiking?ref=category

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Very nice hike for everyone. I would recommend starting by going right instead of left. Trails are very well maintained.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Nice hike but very dense vegetation on some parts of the trail. Very pretty mossy ground cover in certain areas!

paddle sports
Monday, November 07, 2016

Yes, this is a canoe float, not a hiking trail.

hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2016

~400' elevation gain. Saw a few deer. Nice easy hike.

hiking
Friday, October 21, 2016

A taste of everything here. Can be tough in spots but plenty of calm terrain as well. I recommend a night at Bass.

hiking
Sunday, April 24, 2016

April is an excellent time to go. Good temperature, bugs not out yet but wildflowers in full bloom. Saw an incredible variety of flowers. The best spot was along the bluff base by Bat cave just after (wet) crossing the Courtois river. Saw lots of large birds as well like Heron, Turkey Vultures, an Eagle and Osprey and several I wasn't sure of. Heard several 0wls and turkey. Beautiful camp on bluff top at mile 8 overlooking the Huzzah. At Bass resort we rented a canoe and floated the Courtois/Huzzah/Meramec back to our car including a night camping on a gravel bar. Excellent trip. Joe King has uploaded an excellent track file. Note: The flood of Dec 2016 left many trees down in the water which made for tricky canoeing but not bad if you know what you are doing.

hiking
Sunday, February 28, 2016

Did this one a while ago. Pretty easy trail. Park is nice because in addition to hiking there is a cave to tour.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

First section of Ozark trail mostly followed active logging roads. The trail is over blazed in areas where it isn't necessary and under blazed at key points. The logging Rd hits a Y that isn't blazed at all walking toward courtois Creek. Bear left.... Going right takes you to the back side of the shooting range. Logging rds to one side.. The last 1000yds of the trail are actually a "trail" and it follows the river and some pretty bluffs and caves.

hiking
Thursday, November 26, 2015

Started hiking at the Hazel Creek trailhead on Saturday morning, November 21st and finished on Tuesday the 24th. We averaged twelve miles a day, could have gone faster but due to error we had to make all our food with a campfire and the days were short. The entire section was blazed beautifully. There were only two spots where there were minor navigation questions over the entire 48 miles. The trails are in excellent shape. Stayed the third and final night at Bass River Resort in a cabin and also had a pizza delivered.

The section from Bass River to Ozark Outdoors was my favorite. The trail and caves along the Courtois were awesome, the forests in the hills above were picturesque. Can't say again how nice it was to hike such a well maintained trail, kudos to the OTA for the trail condition and markings.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

One of our favorite hikes! We probably do it at least once a month!!!

paddle sports
Sunday, October 26, 2014

Nice easy float.

hiking
Sunday, April 27, 2014

This section of the Ozark Trail is 48 miles according to the Ozark Trail Association map. It begins at the Huzzah conservation area and ends at the Hazel Creek Campground. I hiked the trail starting on Friday, April 11 and ended on Sunday, April 13 a total of three days. I got a late start and only hiked 13 miles on Friday. But it worked out okay because I was able to rent a cabin at bass River resort and they even delivered a pizza. I hiked 23 miles on Saturday to arrive at the Berryman campground. Then did 14 miles on Sunday to finish the hike at Hazel Creek Campground. The trail was in great shape and well blazed. It was a great hike. My goal is to section hike the Ozark trail and then do a thru hike. I have one section down and several to go.

hiking
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Excellent trail thru backcountry Ozark mountains. My friends and I did this last summer in the August heat and I don't recommend going at that time of year. Trail essentially runs up and down the entire length with very little flat. We camped overnight and did the full hike in 2 days. We're going again in a few weeks and hope to fare better against mother nature. BRING TICK SPRAY!

camping
Tuesday, June 04, 2013

One of our favorite campgrounds in the Missouri State Parks. We have hiked all the trails, toured both caves and floated the river all while camping here numerous times.

hiking
Tuesday, June 04, 2013

We love to walk this trail clockwise and the north end of the trail has pretty waterfalls if it has been raining. There is 3 Geocaches on this trail at the time I posted this so that is a bonus.

walking
Sunday, September 02, 2012

This trail is misplaced. The map shows a trail in Ozark, Missouri. It starts at the Ozark Community Center.

It is a nice trail along the Finley river.
My rating is for the Ozark trail.

camping
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I have camped here twice now. Hiked some of the trails, toured the for fee cave, canoed the adjacent Meramec River, and hiked the adjacent Huzza conservation area. A wide variety of things to do. Great, well maintained campgrounds, from primitive tent to nice RV sites. A nice destination for camping and plenty to do when your are there.

paddle sports
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Meramec river is a meandering spring fed class I float stream. Very scenic in the upper portions. Many sand bars for primitive camping. Great fishing. Great for kids. Many outfitters and can be canoed a couple miles or a hundred miles. highly recommend. Many outdoor recreational opportunities in the area.

hiking
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Easy trail through the Ozark highlands. Follows a creek a short distance, takes one through a savannah and back over to the campground. Nothing spectacular, but did enjoy the wildflowers in bloom when we went.

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