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  • Between the Rivers Section of the Ozark Trail

    The Between the Rivers Section of the Ozark Trail provides the necessary connection between the Current and Eleven Point Rivers. In addition to traversing impressive stands of white oak, shortleaf pine, and scarlet oak, the trail offers pleasant views of the surrounding countryside. Look into the past when nearing Bristol Cemetary, or explore the lichen- covered boulder field at Devil's Run. From Highway 60, the trail leads generally south for the first 13 miles winding through numerous small tributaries that feed the Current River, including Wildhorse Hollow, Chilton Creek, Devil's Run, and Big Barren Creek. From Big Barren Creek, the trail heads west along the north prong of Cedar Bluff Creek. The trail climbs gently out of Cedar Bluff Creek drainage and crosses a major ridge that divides the Current River watershed and the Eleven Point River watershed. The last eight and one-half mile of trail proceed generally southwest following Gold Mine Hollow, the ridge above Kelly Hollow, and Fox Hollow before ending on Forest Service Road 3152 above Hurricane Creek. There are three trailheads on this section. Highway 60- approx 3.5 miles west of Van Buren. From that point, the trail leads southwest to Foret Service Road #3152 near Hurricane Creek in Oregon County. Trail head parking is provided at Hwy 60 and at Sinking Creek Lookout Tower approx 1 mile west of Hwy J. Limited roadside parking is possible at the southern end of the trail on FS #3152.


    There are no fees.


    Hiking, Biking and Horseback riding is permitted. No motorized vehicles are permitted on any section of the Ozark Trail.


    Between the Rivers section and parking area are on Highway 60 about a mile east of Highway C. Near Sinking Creek Lookout Tower (which is not available to the public) and Forest Service Road 3152.

    General Notes:

    For additional information on the Ozark Trail, visit the Ozark Trail Assocation at For trail conditions visit Detailed Maps are available at the Planner section for download and/or view at