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#52 of 689 state parks in Missouri

Best trails in Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park

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Explore the most popular trails in Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

The state of Missouri and its principal river were both named after a tribe of Native Americans, known by the French explorers as the Oumessourit or Missouri Indians, that once lived in the area of Van Meter State Park. Today, the park provides outdoor recreational opportunities and interprets the area landscape and the Native Americans who found it to be bountiful. For many centuries, Native American hunters traversed the nearby marshes and prairies and the deep ravines and narrow ridges, locally known as the Pinnacles. In 1673, French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet composed a map that located a Missouri Indian village at the Great Bend of the Missouri River. Van Meter State Park features remnants of this early village site. A hand-dug earthwork, known as the Old Fort, and several burial mounds lie within park boundaries. The states American Indian history is also interpreted inside Missouri's American Indian Cultural Center through displays and interpretive programming. For outdoor enthusiasts, the park features hiking trails, an 18-acre lake for fishing and a campground. A boardwalk leads visitors through the Oumessourit Natural Area, which consists of a freshwater marsh, fens and bottomland and upland forests. Picnic sites and two picnic shelters are nestled under lofty trees.

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Map of trails in Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park
Park information
Acreage:
1,104 acres
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Sunday
All day
Contact
660-886-7537
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Top trails (4)
#1 - Loess Hills Trail
Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 49 m
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. VShow more
#2 - Earthworks Trail
Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 51 m
Earthworks Trail leads to American Indian site Old Fort (Earthworks) and the Mound Field. The Old Fort, an irregular, double-ditched earthwork, was built by the ancestral Missouria Indians (Oneota). TShow more
#3 - Missouri River Overlook Trail
Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 8 m
Missouri River Overlook Trail follows the ridge of a pinnacle and ends with a vista of the Missouri River bottoms, the river’s wooded edge, crop fields and oxbow lakes. The trail was constructed durinShow more
#4 - Oumessourit Wetland Boardwalk Trail [CLOSED]
Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 12 m
The .75-mile trail begins through a wooded bottomland leading up to a metal boardwalk that takes you into the Oumessourit Natural Area, a natural wetland. Definately a unique experience where you canShow more