hiking

dogs on leash

forest

The outstanding features of what is now Pershing State Park attracted Gen. John J. Pershing during his boyhood years and continue to attract visitors to the park today. A hike down the 1.5-mile boardwalk or 6.5-mile Riparian Trail allows visitors to glimpse a slice of presettlement Missouri. Visitors can see an active meandering stream with oxbow sloughs and cutoffs, a gently sloping upland forest, a mature bottomland forest and an expansive river bottom prairie, marshland and swamps. Other hiking trails, totaling 3.5 miles, allow for wildlife viewing and naturalist-led walks. For visitors wanting to savor more of this 3,527-acre wetland masterpiece, the park provides a shady campground with electric and basic campsites, modern restrooms, hot showers and laundry facilities. Four small lakes and Locust Creek provide anglers with an opportunity to catch a variety of fish. Several picnic sites, a picnic shelter and an enclosed shelter with kitchen facilities make Pershing State Park an ideal location for family reunions. Whether for a few hours or a few nights, come explore the natural features of Pershing State Park that make it a rare natural jewel in northern Missouri.

For Missour, this is a nice state park and campgrounds with hiking and other activities. One of Missouri's few remaining covered bridges is is just a couple miles away Locust Creek Covered bridges.

hiking
4 years ago

Didnt care for walking on a boardwalk. Only used it to get to the Riparian trail. Moderate amount of traffic. Not much to look at.

hiking
4 years ago

My experience here was dreadful! We only made it 1.5 miles on this trail before we finally gave up trying to find the trail. It had not been maintained. The view was not something to see either. Would not recommend this for a dog walk... Will never go there again.

hiking
5 years ago

Trail followed Locust creek, caught in the spring during wildfloor bloom. Basic trail, secluded. Hard to find a nice camp spot that was not to prone to be wet. Would not do the hike in the summer. Alot of low lying areas. The misquitos would be bad.

The covered bridge was quite interesting. Nice side trip.

hiking
5 years ago

Unique trail, a wooden boardwalk over a wetland area. Lots of signs of wildlife, spring flowers, and a big black snake. Worth a stop. Pershing state park is a nice setting, full for fee camping. Fishing and other things to do.

hiking
5 years ago

I caught this trail just right. The forest flowers were in full blooom along with the dogwoods. Nice little trail.