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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.

hiking
26 days ago

Not sure why but my Fitbit measured closer to 10 miles rather than the 6.8 stated. Quite a workout, one of my favs

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! According to my Fitbit it was closer to 8 miles... will definitely be back!

hiking
1 month ago

I took my three sons on this trail. It had been raining the night before and everything was still wet. The steps are very slick when they are wet. I was so happy when we got to the bottom of the hill. The Vibram soles on my shoes did not give me much traction and my sons slipped several times on the rocks. I do not recommend this trail after or during a rain.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail yesterday (11/24) after we had quite a bit of rain and it wasn’t too muddy! The trail head was pretty confusing, and I completely lost the trail at one point as well, but all it all I did really like this trail! Loved all of the moss especially!

I have done this trial 3 times. Twice I went up the 1000 steps and once down. Going up is steep but reasonable. Going down is trickier for footing. The overlooks.are very nice. Combined with the other trails It is about a 2 hour trek. The last time I did the trail it was -2 degrees outside when we started. When finished it was 27 degrees. Also there is an area of native Americans carving along the trail. Add 30 minutes to check them out.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was beautiful and well worth it but I would not rank it an easy trail. This is at least a moderate, the hill about 1/2 mile in is killer.
The views at he top though are just simply amazing.
About 1/3 of the trail is remote and peaceful but the other 2/3 follows along side roads, the pool area, and some other pavilion stops.
There are some pretty rugged declines as well, make sure you have good hiking shoes with traction.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike with various terrain changes. We went 11/3, early AM, after rain, many new leaves on paths, if it weren’t for trekking poles would have fallen four times. No ticks, skeeters, spider webs, nice. Trail head (TH) marking, signage poor. We took off from area 1/2 mile off TH. We finally found the TH, which we thought was end of trail but it wasn’t; very confusing! We were temporarily bewildered (lost) and walked 3/4 mile on road to get back to car. Blazing’s are confusing, and not very generous.

hiking
3 months ago

Lots of cool views and just enough hills to get a nice little work out in. Took us a little over three hours. Not a heavily trafficked trail which is cool but there was an insane amount of spider webs across the trail which got really annoying after about a mile of running into them. Overall I’d say it was a good hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Good mix of open and wooded. Several nice views. I hiked 2 days after heavy rains and there were tons of beautiful fungi. I saw a few lizards and walking sticks. Otherwise, animal life was minimal. Lots of good rocks for collecting.

Beautiful! Steep to start. Worth the climb

hiking
7 months ago

I absolutely loved this trail! We just hiked the full trail over the weekend and I'm glad we went when we did. The spring wildflowers were in full bloom all along the path. Although my favorite part was at the bottom of the 1000 Steps junction where all the violets and bluebells covered the ground. This is one I will definitely hike again.

hiking
8 months ago

I took my dog hiking on a Tuesday here and didn't see another person on the trail the entire 6.4 miles we were out. It's very peaceful (aside from a small section near the roads) and there is a nice mix between wooded and open areas. There are also a couple spots that offer nice views. I finished the 6.4 miles in 3.5 hours and I'm a bit out of shape so I'm confident anyone can complete this hike. There are some rocky areas but they weren't that bad. This park is very well kept and has clean facilities. The office staff were all very friendly as well.

Wonderful trail run! Awesome change of scenery throughout. Highly recommended

Great trail run!

hiking
10 months ago

lotta ascents + descents over variegated terrain. definitely a workout.

paddle sports
11 months 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
11 months ago

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

hiking
Saturday, December 09, 2017

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
Thursday, December 07, 2017

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

hiking
Thursday, November 30, 2017

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
Monday, November 27, 2017

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

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

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

Monday, August 14, 2017

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
Saturday, August 12, 2017

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!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

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

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

hiking
Sunday, April 09, 2017

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

Sunday, March 26, 2017

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
Monday, February 27, 2017

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.

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