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  • Victory Section of the Ozark Trail

    Named after the one-room schoolhouse that formerly stood near the trailhead, this isolated section of the Ozark Trail is separated from the Wappapello Lake Section’s southern terminus by the Black River and three miles of rugged terrain. The trail follows through heavy oak forests, some areas of which were toppled by a tornado in the past decade, with small meadows and streams providing variety in the landscape. Water is available in creeks along the trail.

    Four trailheads offer access to the western section of the completed trail: Wrangler to the east, Upalika Pond near the center, Walton Chapel (AKA Brush Arbor) also in the middle of the section, and Brushy Creek, on the northwest end of this trail section. Water for horses is available near all trailheads except Wrangler. The Victory Section of the Ozark Trail is a 17.4-mile point-to-point with a six-mile loop on its eastern end called the Victory Horse Trail. It is located in Wayne, Butler, and Carter Counties, near the communities of Ellsinore and Hendrickson. Access to the adjoining Victory Horse Trail is located near the Wrangler Trailhead.


    There are no fees.


    Leave No Trace: Pack out what you pack in; be prepared and minimize your impact. Avoid use of the trail during wet conditions.


    From Greenville-Travel south 14 miles on U.S. Highway 67 and turn left on State Highway 172. Continue one mile; the trailhead will be on your left.

    From Hendrickson-Take State Highway 49 west 4.8 miles and turn left onto County Road 427. Stay on CR 427 for 2.3 miles and turn left on Forest Road 3112. Continue .4 miles and the trailhead will be located on the left

    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