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The Ozark Highlands Trail has been called one of the best-kept secrets in the Midwest, even the country. Winding through the rugged Boston Mountains, the highest part of the Ozarks, this area is one of my favorites.

It is rugged. In Missouri I can be standing at the bottom of a watershed and still make it to the top of the nearest ridge line within a couple of hours, even carrying a pack. In this area of Arkansas, getting from "bottom to top" can take half a day.

The trail is maintained entirely by volunteers. It winds approximately 200 miles, from north of Fort Smith to a junction with the Buffalo River southeast of Harrison. These scenes were in a 20-mile section between Cherry Bend and Lick Branch. It's rated as one of the prettiest areas of the trail and I won't disagree.

 

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