Ozark Trail - Courtois Section

Leasburg, Missouri 65535

Distance61.4mi
Elevation Gain192ft
Trailhead Elevation1,075ft
Top1,075ft
Elevation Min/Max901/1075ft
Elevation Start/End1075/1075ft

Ozark Trail - Courtois Section

Ozark Trail - Courtois Section is a hiking trail in Washington County and Crawford County, Missouri. The Harmon Spring Campground, Brazil Creek Campground, and Berryman Campground camp sites can be seen along the trail. There is also parking along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Ozark Trail - Trace Creek Section.

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis (Menasha Ridge Press)
Steve Henry
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"On this little-traveled section of the Ozark Trail, you’ll edge along riverside bluffs, meander along breezy highlands, and visit The Narrows, a skinny ridge dividing the Huzzah and Courtois valleys." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis (Menasha Ridge Press)
Steve Henry
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"On this little-traveled secton of the Ozark Trail you'll edge along riverside bluffs, meander along breezy highlands, and visit The Narrows, a skinny ridge dividing the Huzzah and Courtois valleys. This 9-mile stretch of the Courtois Section of the Ozark Trail has a little of everything - single-track trail, some old roads, stream crossings, vistas from breezy ridgetops, bluffs, caves, and mixed pine and deciduous forests. For overnighters there are campgrounds at Onondaga Cave State Park, Ozark Outdoors, and at the south trailhead in Huzzah Conservation Area. If you prefer roughing it smoothly, Ozark Outdoors, located next to the north trailhead, offers cabin rentals and shuttles. If you burn out on hiking, you can rent canoes and tubes and float the wide and lazy Meramec River or the more intimate and challenging Huzzah and Courtois creeks. Scenery: Ridgetop cistas and riberside bluffs." Read more

Ozark Trail - Courtois Section Reviews

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2/28/2010
I walked this trail last summer and missed over half of it. Today I walked the entire loop and an very glad I did it in the dead of winter. Beautiful day for a hike. I loved how much I could see through the bare trees. There is so much here in such a confined place. I can't wait to return when the wildflowers are in bloom.
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1/3/2007
Very nice area. The streams are beautiful and the trails are well marked. After a heavy rain the previous day, the trail was muddy and very slippery in many places. The temp was in the upper 40's---perfect for hiking. I found the petroglyphs disappointing, as they are generally fairly faint, and overwhelmed by graffitti from the late 1800's and early 1900's. I'd suggest going when you are most likely to be the only person in the reserve. Man-made noise in the wilds is pollution as far as I am concerned, and the nature of the reserve trails puts you within ear-shot of other hikers much of the time, even if they are on the other side of, or in, the ravine. I was the only person in the Reserve initially (mid-week, mid-day, schools in session)---very peaceful. But, I heard two other hikers down in the ravine as I hiked the ridgeline trail out. Also, I arrived from the north on Piney Creek Road heading south. Be warned, the road is gravel and essentially one and a half lanes wide. There is one VERY steep and long up-hill section of road on the way. I was driving a small pickup truck with nothing in the bed, so rear wheel traction was not great to start with. I made it, but was spinning my tires and shooting out gravel by the time I reached the crest of the road. I would not try this with any ice or snow unless I had a four-wheel drive vehicle. The approach from the south may be better (or worse!!).
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