Blair Creek Section
Introduction

This was one of the first new trail sections of the OT. It passes through the Roger Pryor Backcountry on its way to the Current River at Owls Bend.

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Overview

The northern six mile of trail follow a major ridge line that divides Big Creek and Blair Creek. It then leaves the ridge and enters the watershed of Blair Creek. The trail follows Blair Creek southward as the creek carves a long, deepening valley in its descent to the Current River. Old home sites, springs, and reverting fields clad with wildflowers dot Blair Creek Valley. The trail slowly makes its way to the bluffs high above the Current River and to the most outstanding views of the river along the entire trail.

Current Trail Conditions

As of 06/24/2014, the condition is:
Open. Seasonal Growth.

Seasonal Mowing – On National Trails Day, volunteers mowed the large fields between miles 13.5 and 19.5 within the Pioneer Forest.

Expect some seasonal growth in low lands and near the creeks, but otherwise in good shape. Make sure to double check your map along roads and road crossings, as sometimes the OT markers disappear without notice. Red Trail markers and paint on trees do not designate the Ozark Trail. There is a new equestrian trail that runs concurrent with the OT on some of the gravel road stretches near Blair Creek that uses red blazes.

Please send us a report if you know of any other issues. Keep a look out for trail signs.

Trail Statistics


Hiking
Distance:27 miles
Difficulty:Moderate
Camping:

Campground: Powder Mill at Owls Bend. Primitive camping is allowed in the Mark Twain forest (100' from trail)

Total Ascent:1900' N-to-S; 2600' S-to-N (refers to total gain of all climbs on trail)
Topo Quads:Bunker, Midridge, Powder Mill Ferry
Restrictions:

Northern 9 miles: Multi-use to USFS boundary.  South of Midridge: Foot traffic only through Roger Pryor Backcountry

Trailheads and Directions
Highway P / 72 Trailhead

From Bixby, MO...
Head west on MO-32 for 2.4 mi.
Turn lest at MO-KK and follow for 15.0 mi.
Continue on MO-TT when road forks and follow for 3.7 mi.
Turn right at MO-72 and follow for 2.9 mi.
Turn left at MO-P the trailhead is 160 feet from MO-72 and MO-P intersection

From Caledonia, MO...
Head south on MO-21 for 4.1 mi.
Turn right at MO-32 and follow for 27.3 mi.
Turn left at MO-KK and follow for 15.0 mi.
Continue onto MO-TT and follow for 3.7 mi.
Turn right at MO-72 and follow for 2.9 mi
Turn left at MO-P, trailhead is 160 ft from MO-72 and MO-P intersection.

From Lesterville, MO...
Head west on MO-21 for 11.7 miles
Turn right at MO-72 and continue for 13.4 mi.
Turn left at MO-P the trailhead is 160 feet from MO-72 and MO-P intersection.

From Ironton, MO...
Head southeast on MO-21 for 10.8 mi.
Slight right at MO-21, continue to follow MO-21 for 21.2 mi
Turn right at MO-72 and follow for 13.4 mi.
Turn left at MO-P the trailhead is 160 feet from MO-72 and MO-P intersection.

CR 235 Trailhead

Directions Coming Soon!

Powder Mill Trailhead
From Ellingon, MO...
From the intersection of MO-21 and MO-106, Head west on MO-106 for 13.6 mi. If you cross the Current River bridge, you went too far.
Turn left into Powder Mill Recreation Area and Campground, and then right to parking by the Research Center.

From Eminence, MO...
From the intersection of MO-21 and MO-19, Head east on MO-106 for 13.4 mi.
Shortly after the Current River bridge, turn right into Powder Mill Recreation Area and Campground, and then right to parking by the Research Center.

Maps
Blair Creek 1
Miles 0 to 8

Blair Creek 2
Miles 9 to 18

Blair Creek 3
Miles 17 to 27

Photos
Bluffs above Current River in Summer

Bluffs above Current River in Fall

Bluffs above Current River in Winter

A Deer in Pioneer Forest

Dried Flower along the Trail

Fern Coil

Hiking along Blair Creek

Small Bluff and Cave along Blair Creek

Highway 106 Bridge at Powder Mill

Mossy Rocks

Mossy Rocks

Contacts
US Forest Service
Mark Twain National Forest
Salem District

John L Bryan
Salem District Office
1301 South Main
Salem, MO 65540
(573) 729-6656

Pioneer Forest, LLC

Greg Iffrig
PO Box 497
Salem, MO 65560
(573) 729-4641

Missouri Department of Conservation

Wildlife Division
PO Box 180
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 751-4115