About me

My name is Jim Warnock (trail name – Tater). I explore the Ozarks by trail and like to carry a camera. On this blog I’ll share pictures and thoughts related to wherever the trails may lead.  You’ll also find a few thoughts from my dog, Hiker. Our goal is to inspire you to lace up your hiking shoes and head into the woods. My trail guide, Five-Star Trails: The Ozarks, is a good tool for exploring the Ozarks. It’s available at Amazon and Barnes and Nobel. I love local book stores, so tell your favorite place for books to stock it.

Follow me on Twitter: @jimwarnock

Follow me on Instagram: @ozarkmountainhiker

Passing the 100-mile marker of the Ozark Highlands Trail.

Passing the 100-mile marker of the Ozark Highlands Trail.

Hiker says, "Pick it up the pace there "Tater!"

Hiker says, “Pick up the pace there, Tater!”


Taking a break next to newly built trail at Lake Alma.


15 thoughts on “About me

  1. Outstanding blog. Been doing White Rock Mt, Ozark Highlands, Devils Den, Mena area since 1996. Lots of great memories and pics. Keep it up. Thx Dan

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  3. I have been enjoying your blog for a long time. My home state is Arkansas been gone for almost 50 years but return from time time to visit. Still miss and love the beautiful state.

  4. Hello! I just found your blog through Google! I was wondering…how are the Ozarks January through April? Is there a lot of snowfall? (I am possibly going to be in southern Missouri, and I love hiking.) Any thoughts would be appreciated!

    I’m going to read a ton more of your posts now! 🙂

  5. As a “short haul” hiker, (<10 miles per hike), I know I will enjoy reading about your hiking adventures. I winter in Arizona so I am familiar with a number of hiking trails mostly in Maricopa County (Phoenix area). Thanks for stopping by and following my travel and photo blog.

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  7. Great to meet you out on Lake Alma Trail today. I look forward to checking out all the wonderful hikes in the area. I’m enjoying your blog, great stuff.

  8. Great to meet you and Bob on the Ozark Trail today. I hope you got some sunshine to brighten the Fall colors. I look forward to reading your trip report. Enjoying your blog.

  9. Jim, I’m really looking forward to reading your book. And Hiker is a beautiful dog! Y’all are truly an inspiration to my spirit!
    I’m going by Barnes & Noble today.

  10. I hope you don’t mind,I’m going to use one of your quotes on my blog this week and I might like to use a few others later. With credit of course.

    “Give me the tangled shapes of nature over the orderly lines of civilization! Like beautiful twisted wood, good trails and lives well lived rarely follow a straight path.” -OzarkMountainHiker.com

    I hope our paths cross someday. I’m a photographer and painter of the Ozarks. I lived in Paris, AR for twelve years half way up Mount Magazine, but I’m in St Louis now. You can see my art and blog at my website below.

    Garry McMichael

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