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The Ozark Trail: A Guide to Hiking Missouri’s Mountains

You might not recognize the name, but don’t let that dissuade you: The Ozark Trail (OT) deserves more attention than it tends to garner. Brimming with rocky streams, dolomite glades, plunge-pool-filled shut-ins, and hidden caves, the OT flaunts some of the most geographically unique hiking you can find anywhere.

The Ozark Mountains are home to over 390 miles of trails, including the 14 (mostly) continuous sections of the Ozark Trail. But most thru-hikers come to the Missouri Ozarks for the main event: The 230-mile Ozark Trail thru-hike between Onondaga Cave State Park southeast of St. Louis and the western edge of the Mark Twain State Forest.

If you’re searching east of the Rockies for stunning scenery, technical terrain, and a long hike option sans the AT crowds, this is your pick. Read more…

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