“A sweet singletrack, contoured trail that winds up and down ridges and hollows.”
— Jim Davis
Features: Fall Colors — River/Creek
Shuttle service to the end of the trail can be arranged locally at the DD/32 BaitShop - please call 573-244-5292 to schedule. The main trailhead parking is located on Hwy DD 100 yards north of Hwy 32 in Iron County, Mo.
The surface is mixed hard-pack dirt to loose gravel, with wet-weather creek crossings, and sections heavily populated with rocks thrown in for good measure.
What will you see? Aside from endless miles of empty backcountry trail... Long, winding switchback turns that climb up rolling Ozark mountains. Average climbing is about 100' per mile. On the flip side, we have rolling downhill for up to a mile through oak and pine forests. Summertime in Missouri means vegetative growth time. The blackberry brambles on occasion reach out and grab ya.
We do have a summer mowing program to keep the trails clear in the bushy season. Most sections get at least one pass with the mowers and loppers. Our sawyer teams tackle the heavy stuff that blocks trail. When notified of deadfall or other related damage our sawyers receive an email blast every Thursday with any new reports. Some trees are cleaned up right away, others may lay for a few months until someone can get there.
What is hard? Sometimes all of it. The trail itself is a gem to run, however the remoteness and rolling hills can take it's toll after climbing three or four ridgelines via switchback trails. The Middlefork section of the Ozark Trail has something like 30 switchbacks along it's 23-mile course.
Flora & Fauna
This trail features a couple mile-long downhills through pines, oaks, hickory, sassafras, dogwood, spring-fed rock-bottom brooks, a small waterfall, and more. Wild hogs, black bear, and mountain lions have been documented along this section of trail.