Level: Advanced
Length: 48 mi (77.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: -
Total: 11 riders

Mountain Biking Ozark Trail: Courtois Section

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#80 of 169 mountain bike trails in Missouri
#5,435 in the world

This segment of the Ozark Trail runs for 48 miles. The northernmost 7.5 miles pass through the Huzzah Conservation Area and are designated "Hiking Only." Mountain bikes aren't allowed on the trail until the Lower Narrows Trailhead. Since this trailhead can be difficult to find most people start at the Bass River Resort 5 miles further on. The trail here uses about a mile of gravel road in an eastward direction before turning back into the woods. This segment also uses the western half of the Berryman Trail on the way to its southern terminus at the Hazel Creek Trailhead and Campground.

First added by CFM on Aug 24, 2014. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Travel east from Steelville on Hwy 8 approximately 10.5 miles. Turn left on Butts Rd. and follow to the Bass River Resort.
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  • mongwolf

    Beautiful backcountry riding. Just one more reason MO has so much mountain biking to be proud of.

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  • CFM   ✓ supporter

    As part of the OT100MTB race I rode a large part of this section of the Ozark Trail from the Berryman Campground to Bass River Resort. The western half of the Berryman is also a segment of the Courtois Section and the reroutes cut in by the Ozark Trail Association in recent years made this part perhaps the best of the whole race. The swoops and turns in and out of the hollows along the hillside were an absolute blast to ride. Once I turned off the Berryman the tread became a bit more rugged but still fun. The last several miles into Bass River Resort skirted Courtois Creek and provided some of the most challenging climbs of the race. Although this section was a lot of fun to ride, the pavilion at Bass Resort was a welcome site at the end of a long day.

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