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Experience Missouri’s Wilder Side on the Ozark Trail – A National Recreation Trail

Learn more about Missouri's longest multi-use National Recreation Trail.

Walking Stick at Barton Fen – Ozark Trail
 Walking Stick (insect) on an Ozark Trail sign at Barton Fen, Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri. The sign shows the trail is open to hikers and horseback riding. In the background, there is a trail winding through the forest.

Missouri's longest multi-use National Recreation Trail provides over 430 miles to explore in the Ozarks where the landscape is rugged, remote, and diverse.  From standing on Taum Sauk Mountain, the state's highest spot to encountering a herd of wild horses, adventures abound to create lasting memories. The Ozark Trail takes you through hardwood forests next to crystal-clear streams, along sheer bluffs and rocky balds. Hiking the Ozark Trail is a unique and rewarding experience that should not be missed as the trail offers a combination of challenging terrain and breathtaking scenery that will keep you captivated from start to finish. The trail is marked and well-maintained by the Ozark Trail Association, making it accessible for users of all skill levels.  It's all right here in Missouri's rugged backyard. The Ozark Trail is a breathtaking destination that offers a range of activities, opportunities for exploration and adventures including exploring the area’s rich history and natural wonders, the trail provides something for everyone to enjoy.  

Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a first-time adventurer, the Ozark Trail is a must-visit destination in the Missouri Ozarks. And by using our Online Trip Planner to plan your trip, download trail maps, check trail conditions, all that’s left is to pack your bags, lace up your hiking boots, and head to the Ozark Trail to explore the beauty of this unique and incredible destination. 

Fall Along the Ozark Trail in Missouri
Looking up into a tall tree showing fall colors of red, orange, green, and yellow. Fall along the Middle Fork-John Roth Memorial section of the Ozark Trail in Mark Twain National Forest