Ozark Trail Taum Sauk Mountain State Park to Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park

Ironton, Missouri 63650

Ozark Trail Taum Sauk Mountain State Park to Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park

Ozark Trail: Taum Sauk Mountain State Park to Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park Professional Review and Guide

"The Ozark Trail is Missouri’s version of the Appalachian Trail. As of 2010 many sections of the trail are still under construction. The section of trail from Taum Sauk Mountain State Park to Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park is considered by many to be the best portion of the trail. This section offers rugged terrain, the highest point in the state, and beautiful scenery."

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"With nearly 400 miles of mostly linked trail sections, the Ozark Trail is the premier backpacking destination in Missouri. Future plans for the trail have it reaching from St. Louis to the Arkansas border, and then linking with the Ozark Highland Trail in Arkansas to create a 700-mile trail and through-hiker paradise. Deer, turkeys, bobcats, bears, and bald eagles are just a few of the wild animals that you may encounter while hiking over the rugged hills of the Ozarks.

At 1,772 feet, Taum Sauk Mountain is the highest point in the state of Missouri. Many consider the 13.2 miles of the Ozark Trail between Taum Sauk Mountain State Park and Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park to be the most rugged section of the entire trail. This stretch is best done as a shuttle, but can be done as an out-and-back trip for hikers looking to spend several days in the area."

"The Ozark Trail is Missouri’s version of the Appalachian Trail. As of 2013, many sections of the trail are still under construction. The section of trail from Taum Sauk Mountain State Park to Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park is considered by many to be the best portion of the trail. This section offers rugged terrain, the highest point in the state, and beautiful scenery. Bring your swimsuit for this one and plan plenty of time to soak in the pools at Johnson’s Shut-Ins.

With over 350 miles of mostly linked trail sections, the Ozark Trail is the premier backpacking destination in Missouri. Future plans for the trail have it reaching from St. Louis to the Arkansas border and then linking with the Ozark Highland Trail in Arkansas to create a 700-mile trail and through-hiker paradise. Deer, turkeys, bobcats, bears, and bald eagles are just a few of the wild animals that you may encounter while hiking over the rugged hills of the Ozarks."

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Trail Information

Ironton
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
13.2
Distance
Shuttle
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
8 hours
Duration
Spring through fall
Season
Taum Sauk Mountain State Park
Local Contacts
USGS: Ironton
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Oct 2018