I live in the Ozarks and believe it is impossible to get truly lost.
First, whenever I strike out in a new area I take a compass reading.
However, my theory about it being impossible get lost in the Ozarks goes back to logging practices.
If I were ever to get "confused", I would simply start walking uphill. Eventually I would come to an old logging trail. I would follow that uphill where it would come to an old road, that road would lead to a more used road, etc.