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.

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22 days ago

The Boardwalk Trail is an easy but interesting hike in Pershing State Park. It was unusually hot when we visited (95 degrees), leaving most of the water levels low or totally gone, unfortunately. I would have liked to visit earlier in the Spring or in the Fall, when the water levels would be higher. We saw a grey catbird and many squirrels, but not much wildlife outside of that. We did see plenty of fungus and florals.

Easy but well maintained

Took some young boy scouts on this trail and it was a very good outing. Not to hard for younger or inexperienced hikers. Lots of nature to see and observe.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

We did this trail in February starting from the Pershing SP side. It was well marked with blazes on the tree but once you leave the SP and cross into the CD side you have to look for the few brown pole markers. We never did find that end but we were able to enjoy a nice snack along the Locust Creek before heading back.

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Monday, September 03, 2012

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.

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Monday, September 03, 2012

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.

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Sunday, May 01, 2011

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.

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Sunday, May 01, 2011

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.

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Sunday, May 01, 2011

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

Saturday, March 05, 2016

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Saturday, March 05, 2016