Backpacking

Victory Section of the Ozark Trail

  • Distance: 19.5 miles

  • Time: 1.5 to 2 days

  • Skill level: intermediate

  • Map: Ozark Trail Association section map

  • Description:  This quiet section traverses Cane Ridge, a prominent geographic landmark on the Mark Twain National Forest. There are a few steep climbs, but most of the trail is flat. There are numerous perennial stream crossings and many low water stream crossings after heavy rains. Expect seasonal overgrowth in the warmer months and ticks in the spring/early summer. Access can be found at the Brushy Creek Trailhead on the western terminus and at Wrangler Trailhead on the eastern terminus. The trail can be hiked in either direction. Camping is allowed at Brush Arbor and Upalika Pond Trailheads in the middle part of the trail.

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Park to Park Adventure

  • Trails: Wappapello Section of the Ozark Trail, 172 Loop Trail and Lake Wappapello Trail

  • Distance: 47 miles

  • Time: 2 to 3 days

  • Skill level: advanced

  • Map: Ozark Trail Association section map, Lake Wappapello State Park Map and University Forest Conservation Area Map 

  • Description: This challenging backpacking route connects Sam A. Baker State Park to Lake Wappapello State Park via 4 different maintained trails. Starting at Sam A. Baker State Park, take the Wappapello Section of the Ozark Trail south for 31.5 miles. Then take the southern arm of the 172 Loop Trail east bound to the Missouri Department of Conservation’s University Forest Conservation Area. From there, continue east along the southern part of Highway 172 on the Lake Wappapello Connector Trail east to the Lake Wappapello State Park’s Lake Wappapello Trail. Continue east on the southern part of this 14-mile loop trail and end at the trailhead at the state park off Wappapello Trail Road.

Between the Rivers Section of the Ozark Trail

  • Distance: 29 miles

  • Time 2 to 3 days

  • Skill level: intermediate

  • Map: Ozark Trail Association section map

  • Description: This scenic section of the Ozark Trail is located between the Current River and the Eleven Point River. Starting at the US Highway 60 Trailhead, travel south for 29 miles and end at the Katy Trailhead/3152 Trailhead. Highlights of the trip include Sinking Creek Trailhead and a connector trail to Big Springs, the largest spring in Missouri.

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