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.
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.
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.
Christopher S. on Rocky Woods Trail
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.