Running through the Ozarks, the 33 mile Taum Sauk section of the 500 mile Ozark Trail is generally regarded as the trails most scenic and rugged stretch. The hike begins near Edgehill and undulates between ridges and sculpted side hollows, summits Bell, Goggins, and Taum Sauk Mountains and skirts 132-foot Mina Sauk Falls.
The western access to the Taum Sauk section is located on County Road A, three miles north of the intersection with SR 49 at Edgehill, about two and a half hours south of St. Louis. Leave a second car at the Ketcherside Mountain Conservation Area, 33 miles from the trailhead on SR 21.
Overall, Ozark Trail - Taum Sauk Section is the 1st most popular hiking trail of all 21 hikes in Missouri.