Arrow Rock State Historic Site Campground is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked trail located near Nelson, MO that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and fishing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
From Kansas City Travel east on I-70 for approximately 90 miles to Exit 89 (Blackwater/Arrow Rock). Take Route K north and continue through Blackwater to Hwy. 41. Turn left onto Hwy. 41 and travel north for six miles. The historic site is on Hwy. 41. From St. Louis Travel west on I-70 to Exit 98 (Arrow Rock/Pilot Grove). Turn left/north onto Hwy. 41 and continue for 13 miles to the historic site. From Springfield Travel north on U.S. Hwy. 65 to Exit 78. Take I-70 east to Exit 89 (Blackwater/Arrow Rock). Travel north on Route K to Hwy. 41. Turn left/north onto Hwy. 41 and continue to the historic site. From Chillicothe/Trenton Travel south on U.S. Hwy. 65 to Carrollton. Continue south on U.S. Hwy. 24/65 to Waverly. At Waverly, turn left/east to continue on U.S. Hwy. 65 to Marshall. Turn left/east onto Hwy. 240/41 and travel to the junction of Hwy. 240/41. Turn right/south onto Hwy. 41 and continue 10 miles to the historic site.
Very neat trail that goes around the outside of the park through wooded area. Can access trail at lookout point in the park.
I really enjoyed the wooded trail, which was more rugged than I expected. But the big payoff was the trail that led to the river, with a big, sandy bank. No one around, and a beautiful day to sit on the riverbank and watch the current move.
Loved the visitor center and the quaint shops.
A trip to Arrow Rock is for the visit to the State Visitor Center and Historic town tours. Trails are simple bike/hike trails from State park to the visitor center and town. It makes a pleasant visit to do a bike tour, though most people walk, and you can drive to any of the sites. Their is a small river bluff trail. It is a nice weekend trip for sight seeing not hiking.