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A visit to Washington State Park is sure to be a memorable experience for anyone. A favorite attraction here are the Indian rock carvings found in the park. These carvings, or petroglyphs, are believed to have been made around A.D. 1,000 and give clues to the lives of the prehistoric Indians who once inhabited this part of Missouri. Washington State Park retains many of its original buildings constructed in a rustic architectural style in the 1930s by African-American Civilian Conservation Corps stonemasons. In addition to a lodge, there are quaint stone hiking shelters, a picnic pavilion, and the beautifully laid stone slabs that make up the 1,000 Steps Trail. The three hiking trails at Washington State Park provide every experience, from an easy stroll with bluff-top views of the river to a vigorous excursion through 10 miles of rugged Ozark terrain. Park visitors also can enjoy camping, fishing and swimming -- in a modern pool, or in the Big River. Available for rental are canoes and comfortable cabins with fully-equipped kitchens. Come and see for yourself why the area now known as Washington State Park has been attracting visitors for nearly a thousand years.

paddle sports
6 days ago

Fun little section with the put in and take out less than a mile apart. Great section for quick trips when you just need to get in the water and mess around

hiking
1 month ago

My Fitbit scored this as 113 flights of stairs, and it does not score descents. Awesome workout.

hiking
2 months ago

Wouldn't consider the trail to be rated as difficult - it is more of a moderate. Relatively steep, but the steps give you solid footing.

on 1000 steps trail

hiking
2 months ago

Trail is marked as hard. I would consider it moderate. Nice trail though. Nice views...

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice loop trail with a variety of terrain and scenery. Completed this in the evening in a little less than 3 hours. Some parts of the trail are very close to roads and traffic, but other parts are very quiet and private. The old cabin ruins and and geology is very interesting. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. Total recorded mileage was 6.3 miles for the whole loop.

hiking
2 months ago

rugged terrain with lots of loose rocks, great scenery + nice trek

I really enjoyed this hike. Covers a large portion of the park. Pretty scenery...

Pretty decent hill at the beginning, nice overlook area but a lot of the trail is near the sounds of civilization; swimming pool, roads, tractors.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail! Definitely keep a close eye on any little ones you bring though. The rocks can be very slippery and there are some steep drop offs. The views are beautiful from the lookout!

Terrain fairly rugged. Lots of steps and incline. Not easy!

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Moderately rugged trail. There is a hidden cave off the track worth visiting.

I just found this gem after moving to Jeff Co. I dont find the difficulty very hard as my 3 year old did the hike pretty quickly and with more ease than most hikes we usually do. We did the hike mid March and it was still very beautiful.

backpacking
11 months ago

The hill is steep and the rocks are slick. Not a bad hike for my first one

Monday, February 06, 2017

Not a long trail but very impressive with all the steps - has a nice overlook area also.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Very nice trail - did not see anyone else on the trail but the section near the road was very loud with car noise. There are a lot of different types of areas on this trail - this trail also overlaps with the Opossum Track Trail and the 1000 steps trail - it also passes by the petroglyphs area where you can stop off at.

Monday, February 06, 2017

This was a nice trail - very large hill near the beginning if you start at trailhead located across the street from the Thunderbird lodge but after that it was very easy to hike on

hiking
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

spent he afternoon with wife.
trail took close to two hours, very easy to follow.

hiking
Saturday, October 08, 2016

FYI - Trailhead starts at the lodge for those looking for it. I had to do a bit of driving around to find it, and the state park maps were not of much assistance.

Maybe I'm hard to impress, but to me, this was just an average hike. It was a clean trail with relatively well-marked blazes. It was fall, so the dropped leaves sometimes made it difficult to find the trail.

All in all, it's a nice hike, I wouldn't consider it difficult. It's a tad long for some. But really from an elevation gain, I did not find myself out of breath while hiking.

Some neat rocks and geological features along the trail as well as some overlooks. I could hear the roads and local gun range while hiking, so that took a little bit of the "getting away" feeling that I typically want. But, the trail itself was not busy at all and only ran into one other hiker.

I also agree with the rocks and tree roots. If you're new to hiking or have weak ankles, this is a trail you might want to consider some footgear with some support or take trekking poles.

If you want something to test out your new backpack\boots and trekking poles on, and don't want to get too far away from your car\civilization where you're hurting or lugging something you hate, this is your trail.

I'd give it 3.5 stars if I could.

on Rocky Woods Trail

Thursday, September 29, 2016

One word. Awesome! Trail was very clean and well marked. My only issue was that I was looking down A LOT. Someone else mentioned that this was the trail to sprain an ankle. I agree! Take it easy and be careful on this trail.

All in all I highly recommend this trail to anyone and everyone.

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