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Just south of Highway 50, about midway between Sedalia and Warrensburg, lies an often overlooked gem of the Missouri state park system. Knob Noster State Park is an ideal spot for relaxing and forgetting the cares of the world - even if just for a few hours. The park is an interesting mixture of prairie, savanna and forest, with 3,934 acres lying along both sides of a meandering creek. Several small lakes in the park cater to the fisherman, and non-motorized boats may be used. Picnic sites dot the lakeshore and three open picnic shelters make an ideal place for group get-togethers in a tranquil setting. The outdoor adventurer can enjoy several trails running through the park, including an equestrian and an all-terrain bicycle trail. Budding naturalists will enjoy hiking out to one of the savanna restoration areas and seeking out the many bird species found in the park. Pin Oak Slough Natural Area along Clearfork Creek has been recognized for its unique natural beauty. For visitors wanting to enjoy more than just a few hours here, there is a wooded campground with modern amenities. Two group camps offer outdoor facilities and fun for larger, organized groups.
This review is for the North Loop Trail; I couldn't find it listed on this site.
I chose the 2-mile North Loop Trail because I was short on time; I'd like to return and hike the Opossum Hollow Trail.
The North Loop Trail is nicely marked throughout, blazed in yellow. It offered good variety and some steady incline. I spotted two deer and a woodpecker. I had the trail to myself--saw no other hikers.
It was tricky to find the trail head; look for it directly behind the playground equipment that is adjacent to the campground.
Darrell S. on Opossum Hollow Trail; Knob Noster S...
Trail was nicely marked with red blaze and well maintained. Also had a few shortcuts marked along the way that headed back to the trailhead. Terrain was a mix of dirt, large rocks and roots but fairly easy to maneuver on foot. Several bikes passed us along the way but everyone was very respectful and excused themselves as they rolled through. Trail length was actually 6.2 miles from the trailhead sign and back but info board reads 5.5 miles.
I was pleasantly surprised by the scenery on this trail. I did not expect it to be quite so pretty in this part of the state. It reminded me more of the Ozarks then Central Missouri. The only downside is that they don't allow back-packing on this trail. However, one could easily hike the trail and stay in a campsite....if I had all my equipment with me today, I would've done just that as we would've had the whole park to ourselves. Will keep this one on my short list of day-hike trails that are close to home. Well worth the hike! Saw 3 other people the whole way.
The trail is primarily equestrian usage. Their are other trails in the park that are open to mountain biking and hiking that may be less competitve thatn McAdoo. Nice layed out trail for the area. Close to Kansas City, a big plus. Nice trail but not spectacular regarding unique trail features.