A backpacker’s paradise, the Ozark Highlands Trail offers numerous opportunities for good old-fashioned dispersed camping along a picturesque route, totaling nearly 200 miles. Scenery varies from high and rocky to deeply forested. Opportunities for fishing and hunting abound, but with only foot traffic allowed along the trail, you’ll be safe from the possible danger or annoyance of four-legged beasts. Hikers rule!
Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to guests per site
Hike in
No ADA access
No picnic table


Offered near the campground.

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Wind sports
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Ozark Highlands Trail.

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Gabi T.
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March 15th, 2017

There are several places to camp along the OHT. Do your research and get a guidebook (and even some terrain maps) before taking off on this one. Its not exceptionally difficult but does require some preparation. The trail is poorly maintained and overgrown in several places because all trail maintenance is volunteer through the Ozark Highlands Association. All together the trails winds its way 220 miles through the Ozarks and St. Francis National Forest. You can expect lots of nice waterfalls, old home/building sites, old railways, lovely mountain top views and and beautiful foliage.

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March 31st, 2019
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May 21st, 2018
Ozark-St. Francis National Forests
United States
Phone Number
(479) 964-7200
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35.918° N, 92.917° W
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Tent Only - Hike In: 1 Site
(Up to people per site)

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