Hiking Missouri's Ozark Trail: Scenic and Secluded - thesalemnewsonline.com: Local News

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The Taum Sauk section of the Ozark Trail is one of the most popular, especially the part of it that goes from Taum Sauk to Johnson’s Shut-Ins state parks. It starts at Missouri’s highest point, passes the state’s tallest waterfall and ends at the most popular swimming hole. The route has gorgeous scenery through rugged backcountry.

The website descriptions say this of the hike between the state parks, “If this author could only hike one trail in Missouri this would be his choice.”

Bill Bryan, director of state parks, hiked the section and said, “The hike is epic. The scenery is awesome. The terrain is formidable. Not to be overlooked, or taken lightly.”

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