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.

The trail would have been awesome (including a really cool cemetery). With that said the trail seems that it has not, and is not, being maintained. Many downed trees, tons of debris from flooding (I assume). We were the only ones on the trail for its entirety. Nice lake views, but a bit of a guessing game from marker to marker. I’m an experienced hiker so wasn’t bad for me, but hiker beware and be prepared.

worst maintained trail I've ever seen. We spend most of our time trying to find our way to markers. We had two small children with four adults. We had to climb over trees and walk through washed up wood from the flood.

sloops, lake, deer

Trail would be much better if maintained. Most of the time we couldn't see the trail. We definitely followed the trail markers on the trees. It became a trail blazing game for us...which one of us would see the next trail marker on the tree first? For a lot of the trail we went from marker to marker because the trail was covered in leaves, twigs, fallen logs, etc. LOTS of ticks. We must have removed 40-50 crawling ticks from our dog.

know this, the free version at least, trail marked in red is a dirt road. the trail it self was on fair shape. some down trees and muddy spots. we did 1/2 hicking trail counter clock wise on right side of
" red road trail looks like a wye on map" took us about 5 hrs. We took right side of wye back, which led through private property. We were told it was a old wage road.. Rong!

Small good for small kids to start on like the view of the lake

10 months ago

I started off on the Lake View Trail and decided to veer off on the Allison cemetery trail. It’s November so the leaves are a foot deep in places (no joke) and that made it hard to stay on trail. You would think I would be able to follow the trail markers, well, that would be the case if in fact there were trail markers. I was looking for nails on trees most of the time. I will give the trail another chance and come back when the leaves are gone, but it definitely needs some trail maintenance.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

The trail is more of a moderate level trail. There was a lot of down trees from storms earlier in the year and debris from flooding making the trail harder to follow. It's distance is 3.4 miles. The cemetery is neat to visit as well. Could be a great trail with beautiful views if they are able to get it maintained.

Monday, August 28, 2017

The trail provides beautiful views of Lake Wappapello. The length of the full circle hike (Yellow route) is about 15 miles. It traverses hilly terrain in moderately dense forest. The first third of the counter-clockwise loop is difficult to traverse due to multiple fallen trees. Be prepared to go over, under and arround these obstacles. There is also a considerable amount of garbage debris, apparently from earlier flooding. The backpack campsite is not well maintained but provides outstanding lake views.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

the lake has flooded in may and it is still flooded . most of the trail is messed up or underwater. you can still get to the cemetery but thats about it.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Beautiful site the cemetery was interesting the trail at times was pretty rock have to really watch it and when I tracked the hike it took 3.4 miles and 2 and a half hours.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Gorgeous views and well marked.

on Alison Cemetery Trail

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Definelty ranked as moderate. A fun hike with some very unique sites.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Small hike. This place has lots of history online at

Monday, October 24, 2016

Not too difficult, nice walk in the woods with lake views. Definitely wear bug spray and check for ticks!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

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

Sunday, April 24, 2016

great views ,beautiful lake ,overall great hike

Sunday, April 24, 2016

nice views and beautiful lake overall great hike

mountain biking
Sunday, December 14, 2014

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.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

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!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

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.

3 months ago

7 months ago

on Lake Wappapello Trail

Sunday, September 24, 2017

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Sunday, November 06, 2016

Saturday, September 03, 2016

mountain biking
Monday, October 25, 2010