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So, in 10 days the wife and I are going to the Foo Fighters concert in Memphis.  I figured we can't come home without taking the few hour detour to the Ozarks.  We will have 2 nights, need a loop hike or out and back.  I've never been to the Ozarks and probably won't be back for a long while.  Any advice on what trail to hit while I'm there?

Background... we are pretty serious hikers, 30+ nights backpacking per year.  We prefer to hammock camp, but can tent if regulations require.  Thanks in advance for any input.

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Depends on where you want to go and where you are ultimately going home to.

I don't know enough about the Ozark Tr in Missouri to comment as I'm waiting for the 1000+ mile Trans Ozark Tr to be finished to thru-hike it. I have done all of The Buffalo River TR including a bushwack connecting two trail less segments which IMO would make for a nice 25 mile two nighter(not the bushwack part.

Beta, free BRT maps, thanks to Tim Ernst, here: The Nat Geo TI Buffalo River map might work for hiking too but I preferred Ernst's BRT topos. 


You might consider the North Sylamore creek Tr too, a 15-23 mile pt to pt. There are shuttlers in the Mountain View Arkansas area. This is a nice hike I've done while taking on some Ozark Higlands Tr mileage in Arkansas.  

Beta, pics,  free topos, etc here:

http://www.ouachitamaps.com/Sylamore Trail.html




 Ask here for shuttle info:




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  • 5 weeks later...

Hurricane Creek Wilderness, North of Russellville, on the Ozark Highlands Trail. By going out on the trail and back on the high water bypass, you can get a lollipop loop. Enter from Fairview TH or Fort Douglas/Big Piney TH

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