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.
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.
As of 09/30/2015, 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.
Trailheads and Directions
Highway P / 72 Trailhead
From Bixby, MO...
CR 235 Trailhead
Directions Coming Soon!
Powder Mill TrailheadFrom 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.
US Forest Service
Mark Twain National Forest
John L Bryan
Pioneer Forest, LLC
Missouri Department of Conservation