Karkaghne Section
Introduction

This section is 29 miles long. There is a pretty good gap without water sources between Bee Fork and Grasshopper Hollow, so water planning is important.

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Overview

The lower 18 miles of this section were constructed in the 80's, running from Sutton Bluff to Highway 72. In 2000, a 10-mile extension to Oates was added. This is mainly a side-slope trail, running just below the ridge-tops as it snakes its way from Oates to Highway 72, occasionally dipping into the valleys as it crosses the West Fork of the Black River, Bee Fork and a few hollows along the way. Near the southern end of the trail is a side-trip to Grasshopper Hollow, the largest fen complex in non-glaciated North America.

Current Trail Conditions

As of 05/10/2017, the condition is:
Open.

This section is in nice shape considering the abuse it took from the derecho a few years ago.  Expect some season growth, but should be mostly tree free.

Watch closely for signs around the spur to Brushy Creek lodge to make sure are heading the right direction.

The crossing at Bee Fork is flood prone and can be hard to follow, so keep an eye out for signs.

Storm damage repairs have been completed from the Sutton Bluff area through Hwy TT.

Trail Statistics


Hiking

Biking

Equestrian
Distance:29 miles
Difficulty:Moderate
Camping:

Campgrounds: Sutton Bluff. Primitive camping is allowed in the Mark Twain forest (100' from trail)

Total Ascent:2700' N-to-S; 2400' S-to-N (refers to total gain of all climbs on trail)
Topo Quads:Oates, Corridon, Bunker
Restrictions:

none

Trailheads and Directions
Highway J Trailhead

From Bixby, MO...
Head west on MO-32 2.4 mi.
Turn left at MO-KK follow for 7.4 mi.
Turn left at MO-J continue for 3.8 mi.
Turn right on gravel road, small hand lettered sign indicates Ozark Trail Parking.

From Caledonia, MO...
Head south on MO-21 for 4.1 mi.
Turn right at MO-32 and continue for 7.2 mi.
Turn left at MO-A and follow for 8.4 mi.
Turn left at MO-49 and follow for 4.8 mi.
Turn right at MO-J and continue for 7.8 mi.
Turn left on gravel road, small hand lettered sign indicates Ozark Trail Parking.

From Lesterville, MO...
Head west on MO-21 for 3.7 mi.
Take a slight right at MO-49 and continue 4.7 mi.
Continue onto MO-J for 7.8 mi.
Turn left on gravel road, small hand lettered sign indicates Ozark Trail Parking.

From Ironton, MO...
Head southeast on MO-21 for 10.8 mi.
Slight right at MO-21 Veterans Memorial Hwy and follow for 13.3 mi.
Slight right at MO-49 and follow for 4.7 mi.
Continue on MO-J for 7.8 mi.
Turn left on gravel road, small hand lettered sign indicates Ozark Trail Parking.

Brushy Creek Lodge
From Bixby, MO...
Head west on MO-32 2.4 mi.
Turn left at MO-KK follow for 7.4 mi.
Turn left at MO-J continue for 6.3 mi.
Turn right at CR-831 and continue for .4 mi.

From Caledonia, MO...
Head south on MO-21 for 4.1 mi.
Turn right at MO-32 and continue for 7.2 mi.
Turn left at MO-A and follow for 8.4 mi.
Turn left at MO-49 and follow for 4.8 mi.
Turn right at MO-J and continue for 5.3 mi.
Turn left at CR-831 and continue for .4 mi.

From Lesterville, MO...
Head west on MO-21 for 3.7 mi.
Take a slight right at MO-49 and continue 4.8 mi.
Continue onto MO-J for 5.3 mi.
Turn left at CR-831 and continue for .4 mi.

From Ironton, MO...
Head southeast on MO-21 for 10.8 mi.
Slight right at MO-21 Veterans Memorial Hwy and follow for 13.3 mi.
Slight right at MO-49 and follow for 4.8 mi.
Continue on MO-J for 5.3 mi.
Turn left at CR-831 and continue for .4 mi.

Sutton Bluff Trailhead
From Bixby, MO...
Head west on MO-32/MO-49 toward County Rd 79A for 2.4 mi. Continue to follow MO-32.
Turn left at MO-KK and follow for 15 mi.
Continue on MO-TT and follow for .6 mi.
Turn left at NF-2236 and follow for 7 mi.
Trailhead is on the right. Look for the Ozark Trail Trailhead sign.

From Caledonia, MO...
Head south on MO-21 for 10.5 mi.
Turn right on MO-N toward Johnson's Shut-ins for 18.9 mi.
Slight right at MO-21/MO-49/MO-72 and continue to follow MO-21/MO-72 for 3.2 mi. Look for the Sutton Bluff sign.
Turn right at NF-2233/Karkaghne Scenic Dr and follow for about 7 mi. When the pavement ends, keep to the left.
Turn left at NF-2236 and follow for about 3 mi. down past Sutton Bluff campground, cross the low water bridge, and continue up and around the hill.
Look for the Ozark Trail Trailhead sign on the left.

From Lesterville, MO...
Head west on MO-21/MO-49/MO-72 and continue to follow MO-21/MO-72 for 6.7 mi. Look for the Sutton Bluff sign.
Turn right at NF-2233/Karkaghne Scenic Dr and follow for about 7 mi. When the pavement ends, keep to the left.
Turn left at NF-2236 and follow for about 3 mi. down past Sutton Bluff campground, cross the low water bridge, and continue up and around the hill.
Look for the Ozark Trail Trailhead sign on the left.

From Ironton, MO...
Head southeast on MO-21 for 10.8 mi.
Slight right at MO-21 Veterans Memorial Hwy and follow for 16.2 mi.
Turn right at NF-2233/Karkaghne Scenic Dr and follow for about 7 mi. When the pavement ends, keep to the left.
Turn left at NF-2236 and follow for about 3 mi. down past Sutton Bluff campground, cross the low water bridge, and continue up and around the hill.
Look for the Ozark Trail Trailhead sign on the left.

Highway P / 72 Trailhead

From Bixby, MO...
Head west on MO-32 for 2.4 mi.
Turn lest at MO-KK and follow for 15.0 mi.
Continue on MO-TT when road forks and follow for 3.7 mi.
Turn right at MO-72 and follow for 2.9 mi.
Turn left at MO-P the trailhead is 160 feet from MO-72 and MO-P intersection

From Caledonia, MO...
Head south on MO-21 for 4.1 mi.
Turn right at MO-32 and follow for 27.3 mi.
Turn left at MO-KK and follow for 15.0 mi.
Continue onto MO-TT and follow for 3.7 mi.
Turn right at MO-72 and follow for 2.9 mi
Turn left at MO-P, trailhead is 160 ft from MO-72 and MO-P intersection.

From Lesterville, MO...
Head west on MO-21 for 11.7 miles
Turn right at MO-72 and continue for 13.4 mi.
Turn left at MO-P the trailhead is 160 feet from MO-72 and MO-P intersection.

From Ironton, MO...
Head southeast on MO-21 for 10.8 mi.
Slight right at MO-21, continue to follow MO-21 for 21.2 mi
Turn right at MO-72 and follow for 13.4 mi.
Turn left at MO-P the trailhead is 160 feet from MO-72 and MO-P intersection.

Maps
Karkaghne 1
Miles 0 to 11

Karkaghne 2
Miles 11 to 22

Karkaghne 3
Miles 21 to 29

Photos
Pasture at Brushy Creek Lodge

Turtle in Bee Fork

West Fork of the Black River

Dragonfly in Grasshopper Hollow

Grasshopper Hollow fen

Grasshopper Hollow interpretive trail

Sutton Bluff area

Sutton Bluff area

Contacts
US Forest Service
Mark Twain National Forest
Potosi District

Potosi District Office
Hwy 8 West
Potosi, MO 63664
(573) 438-5427

US Forest Service
Mark Twain National Forest
Salem District

John L Bryan
Salem District Office
1301 South Main
Salem, MO 65540
(573) 729-6656