OT - North Fork Section

Area Status: Open

Thirteen miles of maintained trails wind along ridgetops and hollows among mixed oak hardwoods and southern pine. There are two trailheads that access the trail. There is parking available at both trailheads. From Blue Hole Trailhead to the northern loop of the North Fork loop, the Ridge Runner and Ozark Trails run concurrently.

At a Glance

Fees: There are no fees.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: No motorized vehicles permitted past the parking lot.
Closest Towns: Pomona, MO
Water: None
Operated By: USFS and Ozark Trail Association
Information Center: Ava Cassville/Willow Springs Ranger District
Email | Phone and Address

General Information


The Pomona Trail Trailhead is located 1 mile west of Pomona, MO on the south side of P Highway. The Blue Hole Trailhead is located 9 miles west of Pomona, Mo on P Highway, then turn left on AP Highway, go approximately 3 miles and the trailhead will be on the right side of road.

General Notes:

For additional information on the Ozark Trail, including trail conditions and detailed maps, visit the Ozark Trail Association.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

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Dispersed Camping

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Dispersed camping is the term used for free camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means there are no toilets, no structures, no trash cans, no treated water, and no fire grates. There are extra responsibilities required for this type of camp. It's a must to educate yourself before you try it, but we hope the adventure of dispersed camping in the Mark Twain National Forest calls to you!

  1. Pick a Campsite and follow the Leave No Trace Principles
  2. Camp 100 feet away from trails and water sources.
  3. Treat any water found in the area before consuming it.
  4. Human waste (Feces) must be buried at least 6 inches deep and covered.
  5. Pack out all of your garbage.

Day Hiking

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Horse Riding

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