Nestled in the southeast region of Missouri, Lake Wappapello State Park offers a variety of recreation opportunities ranging from an exciting day on Lake Wappapello to a quiet stroll through the Ozark forest. Lake Wappapello is popular with fishermen who cast their lines in hopes of reducing the excellent population of white bass, crappie and bluegill, as well as largemouth bass and catfish. Water enthusiasts will also enjoy swimming, boating and water skiing. The park features a swimming beach and paved boat ramps. On-shore recreation options include miles of hiking, backpacking, equestrian and all-terrain bicycle trails. Visitors can enjoy lunch in two picnic areas, which include picnic sites, shelters and playground equipment. Two campgrounds -- one perched on the ridge and one nestled near the lake -- offer basic and electric hookup campsites, hot showers, modern restrooms and laundry facilities. Eight modern cabins with kitchens, perfect for families, can be reserved for use. Lake Wappapello State Park provides a pleasant atmosphere for a myriad of park visitors whether they are looking to fish, boat, camp or just enjoy an afternoon barbecue and an evening sunset.
As a novice hiker at 61 yrs old, I took the Alison Cemetery Trail as an easy introduction. The trail itself was pleasant, (bug spray a must have) but seeing a 450 yr old cemetery being swallowed by rising lake water was, to me, a disgrace! I will never use this trail again.
The trail was well marked. It seemed that the trail was not used recently, especially by the amount of spiderwebs I ran into. There was some horse waste on the trail, but it was old. The trail next to the lake had a lot of thick, tall bushes and trees down over the trail. The other part of the trail was wide enough where a four wheeler could use the trail. The whole circle trail was about 16 miles. Just make sure to use/bring bug spray
This trail should NOT be listed as a mountain bike trail. Unmaintained double track that is poorly marked. Very rough with steep climbs and no switchbacks. Three experienced single-trackers had to hike a bike half of the first 8 miles. We took the gravel/pavement back. Low lying areas were marshy and tore up by horses. Decents were steep, loose and had many softball sized rocks hiding under leaves. This is a hiking trail at best. I wouldn't even suggest trail running here.
Amazing trail to walk. Beautiful scenery, wildlife, nice view of the lake. The cemetery is kinda neat, lots of old graves. Don't blink. There are plenty of photo opportunities. Don't blink, don't look away. Hope u enjoy the walk. I think it moved, don't blink!
This is a very easy and relaxing trail. The views of the lake are nice but not breathtaking. Alison Cemetery is wonderful in the fact that is old and sits right along the trail and lake. A white stone angel atop one of the graves is a bit unnerving but thrilling to see at the same time.
Walk this trail with a friend or partner and have a lovely, relaxing stroll.