Level: Advanced
Length: 21 mi (33.8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: -
Total: 5 riders

Mountain Biking Ozark Trail: Karkaghne Section

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#101 of 165 mountain bike trails in Missouri
#14,332 in the world

Another section of the Ozark trail. Fast and flowing with a guaranteed back woods experience. This section of the ozark trail has some of the largest uphills in the area. To begin your ride starting at Hwy J trail head, (this is actually the end of the Middle fork section) follow the washed out gravel path about 100 yards across the creek and continue on the trail labeled OT. From here its a little over 10 miles of well marked singletrack to the paved road that takes you down to Sutton Bluff recreation area. See ozarktrail.com for more information.

First added by pdinsurance on Aug 30, 2010. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Black
Drive 7.8 miles west on Hwy J. Trail head is on the left.
(Well marked, but easy to fly by and miss)
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  • CFM   ✓ supporter

    I'd heard horror stories about the Karkaghne Section of the Ozark Trail. Too steep, washed out, overgrown, etc. Needless to say I didn't have high expectations when a group of us went to ride the first stretch of the upcoming OT100MTB. Right from the start it was a different trail than I imagined. Yeah, it had been groomed for the race, but we enjoyed a rolling course through the countryside with swoops and dips and tight sections. As we got closer to Sutton Bluff Recreation Area the climbs became longer and steeper, very steep and very long. But none of it was washed out and all of it was rideable, if you had the engine. The back side descents were narrow, just barely clinging to the hillside. You had to keep on your toes to make the sharp turns that were thrown in. Its not among the best singletrack I've ridden but it gets some points for epicness. In the end it was a very challenging and satisfying ride.

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