We had always wanted to get out and hike among the fantastic scenery we knew our local area of the Ozarks has to offer. but we had two problems. Finding out how to get started and where to go. It all seemed to be a well kept secret. Unless you know someone who’s been there and done that, it was very difficult to find out what to do and where to go.
We started Ozarks Walkabout to bring into one place the information we’ve found about camping, hiking, backpacking and paddling so that you can get out and about too.
It’s our way of sharing what we’ve found, and hopefully we’ll also encourage you to get out there and enjoy all the natural beauty waiting to be enjoyed.
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Some of the pictures from our posts
Watching the evening sky at Pines Overlook Campsite, Red Bluff campground
View from the tent: mist on the lake – Berry Bend, Harry S Truman Reservoir
Lanie Kayaking on Stockton Lake, June 2012
Bacon and eggs for Breakfast, cooked on our Coleman Exponent stove
Ginger has a look at some of the bluffs on Harry S Truman Reservoir
The bluffs at Berry Bend are very nice, well worth investigating and promise some good fishing too
Early morning mist on Harry S Truman Lake, Missouri
Piney Creek Wilderness – Descending the Tower Trail
Piney Creek Wilderness – Camped off Tar Kiln Trail
Piney Creek Wilderness – Speckled Kingsnake
Look out tower at the Piney Creek Wilderness Pines View trailhead
Piney Creek in Spring
Camped near the shore of Table Rock Lake, Piney Creek Wilderness – Spring 2012
The area around the lake has ample downed wood for a campfire – December 30, 2011
Ginger, Gary and Lanie cooking lunch on the Coleman Exponent stove during a day hike on the Sac River Trai
We’re thrilled with our MSR Mutha Hubba tent. Excellent quality, easy to set up, great performance.
Ginger and Gary during a spring break backpacking trip on the Berryman Trail.
Lanie got tired of waiting for the slower adults and had a seat on the trail while we caught up.
Christmas Break Backpacking – Storm Clouds
Back on the trail again
We stopped for lunch at the Long Creek Falls. The rock formations were impressive, I’m sure much more impressive when there’s water running.
A short pause to look at the ice and Long Creek with water in it. Near Devils Den, Hercules Glades Wilderness
The view from Coy Bald looking over toward Lower Pilot Knob (the tallest of the hills in the distance)
Abandoned vehicle – Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area
My Sierra Designs Lighting XT 1 Tent – in the rain
Woods Fork in the Fall
The Yellow/Red Trail near the Carter Family Cemetery
Fall color on the Red/Yellow Trail
Bluffs on the North Fork River. We watched one Jon boat and a canoe go down the river – four people, the only people we’d seen so far.
On the ridge of the Devil’s Backbone – the drop off is very steep on either side.
By the look on my face you’d think I like backpacking…
Sitting round the campfire in Mary Hollow.
Camped in Mary Hollow
The trails are quite clearly marked with colored blazes, though in the fall leaves on the ground can disguise the trail in places.
The creek can be very picturesque in the fall.
Bluff on Jacks Fork river the Ozark National Scenic Riverway.
Unoccupied campsites at the ‘Baptizing Hole’
Dash & Leslie and Tom & Rebbie fishing at one of the many pools on Jacks Fork river, the Ozark National Scenic Riverway.
Dry run for our new tent in the front yard.
The rather inconspicuous (and unmarked) entrance to the Piney Creek Tower (Pineview) Trailhead off Farm Road 2150
Fall color on the Red/Yellow Trail at Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area, Missouri
Finishing the edges of the soles on a pair of homemade huaraches
Filtering water using an MSR Sweetwater filter at Siloam Spring, Piney Creek Wilderness
Camping off trail near Tar Kiln Trail, Piney Creek Wilderness
Piney Creek Wilderness – Camped at the mouth of Piney Creek and Buck Hollow
Campfire, star gazing, satellite and shooting star spotting by Table Rock Lake, Piney Creek Wilderness
March 2012 and the stove’s still going well – GSI Pinnacle 1.5 Liter pot & Coleman Exponent Stove
Coleman Sunlight Ridge Tent, camping at Hawker Point, Stockton Lake, Missouri
Huzzah Creek at Red Bluff Campground
Red Bluff on Huzzah Creek, Davisville, Missouri
Dillard Mill, Missouri
Camped at the Pines Overlook, Red Bluff Campground, Davisville, Missouri
Pines Overlook Campsite at night
Enjoying the view at the Pines Overlook Campsite as the sun rises
Cooking breakfast at campsite A20, Berry Bend Campground – October 2010
Dead trees in Harry S Truman Lake, Missouri
View across Harry S Truman Lake from Berry Bend Campground
Our Coleman Sunlight Ridge Tent at Berry Bend Campground in the Fall- November 2010
Ginger kayaking on Harry S Truman Lake at Berry Bend – November 2010
Our MSR Mutha Hubba tent at Berry Bend Campground – November 2010
Sunset on Harry S Truman Lake at Berry Bend – February 2012
Mutha Hubba tent camped at Rock Pile Mountain Wilderness, Missouri. You can fit this tent into some tight places.
Ginger getting breakfast ready sitting in our Mutha Hubba tent. Bell Mountain Trail, Missouri
Mutha Hubba tent tucked under a ledge near Hawksbill Crag, Arkansas
Big Bay Campground, Mark twain National Forest
Our Ascend kayaks on top of the van, campsite No. 27, Big Bay Ca
Big Bay campground runs all around the ridge to the right.
Cedar trees provide the shade at Big Bay
Table Rock Lake from Big Bay Campground
20″ Therm-a-Rest Prolite Sleeping Pad and a 25″ Therm-a-Rest Neo
Coleman Exponent Stove – Heating the water for our morning coffee, Rock Pile Mountain Wilderness, Madison County, Missouri – March 2012
Gary, all snuggled up in his Montbell Super Spiral Down Hugger #0 sleeping bag.
We camped a little close to the van, but it was the highest – and therefore driest spot around.
between the Berryman Trail head and Edward Beecher Recreation Area. These were fairly typical conditions for the higher parts on this section of the trail.
Forrest Road – CR-205 (Floyd Tower Road)
Sundown at Little Brazil Creek, Missouri
My Hiking Huaraches – Taking a break on the Berryman trail
Our campsite in Smith Mill Hollow on the Berryman trail
Ginger has some (of my) munchies on the trail
Between the Berryman Trailhead and Edward Beecher Recreation Area. These were fairly typical conditions for this part of the trail.
Peeper – We found this very noisy little fellow on a tree near our tent. Unfortunately my first picture which showed his throat ballooning out was too over exposed to use. After that, obviously intimidated by our lights and the camera flash he refused to make a sound.
We were up early and ventured down to the lakeside to see the sunrise. Fortunately the water was still very warm as I had to wade in up to my waist to get these pictures of two fishermen who were quietly trolling the lake.
Ginger booked us this very nice campsite in the Big Bay public use area on Table Rock Lake. The area was very clean the facilities good and the views from the lake shore magnificent.
Ginger sat in the shade and read, while I threw lures at non-existent fish, stood up to my chest in the warm water of the lake throwing lures at non-existent fish, and just floated around on the lake. It was a very nice way to spend time on a day when temperatures were in the upper nineties.
Super views across Table Rock Lake from the beach of campsite #35.
The view towards our campsite from halfway down the hill to the lakeside.
We were up early and ventured down to the lakeside to see the sunrise.
Get outdoors, explore and enjoy the Ozarks in the summer
Get outdoors, explore and enjoy the Ozarks in the Fall. Ginger kayaking on James River Fall 2011