A great little trail. I have done all but the Sylamore section.
After leaf-off the views and vistas really open up to a classic Ozark scene, complete with rolling hills, waterfalls, deep turqoise colored creeks and rivers, and many limestone bluffs and crags.
I have observed deer, turkey, bald eagles, and the occasional armadillo on my hikes.
Right now the condition of the trail has been affected by a severe ice storm from last winter that basically shut down most of the trail. The volunteers from the Ozark Highlands Trail Association worked hard to clean up the mess, and the trail corridor is mostly clear, with the exception of the Sylamore section.
If doing a thru resupply might be an issue, as there are few places close to the trail to either buy supplies or pick up a mail drop. Many simply cache food.
Definetly get Ernst's book.