Loess Hills Trail is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Miami, MO that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The Trail is a two mile loop trail passing through second growth timber and patches of old farm pastures as it circles a small fishing lake. The trail s typical of rolling Loess hills terrain. Van Meter state park has a total of 6 trails ranging from .16 miles to two miles. Their is a vistor center/museum on indian history and their are indian burial mounds located at the park.
We hiked the Loess Hills trail in a lull of a rainstorm. Normally, that would deter me from hiking, but we'd driven a ways and we're glad we hit the trail. The trail winds around a small lake. You'd expect it to follow the shoreline, but you get very few views of the lake until the very end of the trail when you cross the dam.
The terrain around the lake is beautiful; hills, marshy areas, and open fields. The hike doesn't take long, but it's well worth it. There are other trails to hike at Van Meter State Park, enough to keep you busy for the day.
We hiked this trail in the early spring, when the wildflowers were blooming and the underbrush wasn't so heavy. There's lots of good camping in the park, too, as well as historical and cultural displays.
The trail is a very simple hike through the woods and old pasture as it loops around a small lake. Terrain very level. undemanding. Worth doing if your at the park for the other amenities, but not a destination.