By: Todd Horn
09/18/12 02:59:06 PM
Peck Ranch Refuge (the fenced portion, including miles 153.5 through 159.5 of the Ozark Trail) totaling approximately 12,000 acres will be shut down to all public access from March 1st, 2011 and is tentatively scheduled to reopen sometime this summer. We will be conducting a "soft" release for the elk and maintaining very little disturbance is crucial to their success. I understand the impacts on the Ozark Trail users for this brief amount of time. However, with the success of our reintroduction efforts we may be able to provide the public a once in a lifetime hiking experience in the very near future.
The Ozark Trail north of the Peck Ranch fenced area will still be open, from the Parking lot South of Stegall Mountain (mi 153.5) running North.