Drover's Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mindenmines, Missouri that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

2.6 miles
85 feet

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly




nature trips



wild flowers



no shade

no dogs

Drover's Trail starts by crossing a small stream that is frequented by prairie wildlife. The trail continues up a hill where the rolling prairie can be viewed and hikers can imagine how the cowboys felt as they watched the prairie grasses sway in the wind. Bison frequently roam this area of the Park ***A small loop of .25 miles is accessible in a wheelchair or stroller. Bison frequently roam this area.***

6 months ago

We went on Saturday. I expected it to be busy because it was a nice weekend. It was not. We did see the buffalo and they were not behind any fence. The trail was not marked real well, but it is prairie so you can't really get lost

10 months ago

I came for the bison. I'm not a big fan of hiking in open prairies...I prefer wooded trails. But I was excited to try something new on a sunny but cold January day. The visitors center is a nice amenity, and I spoke with the nicest park staff there. She really helped me decide which trail(s) to do and how to enjoy the scenic views. After hiking about an hour, I saw the bison just on the other side of a fence that the park ranger told me not to cross. I watched the herd of about 12 bison for a while, then backed off a bit, then returned to watch them file out of their grazing area, passing through an open gate. They were quiet and calm; I never felt threatened. Really exciting experience!
The trail itself has virtually no markings. If you are not super good with an internal compass, you will need a map and some tips from the park ranger. I really think they need some trail blazes. I saw only one at the very beginning of this trail--a painted stone set in the ground. You can't really get lost since it's open prairie, but I would like to have more way-finding available.
The 4th star is for the bison and the wonderful park ranger.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Easy trail, I always love seeing the bison. The number of ticks this spring (2017) was ridiculous; even though saturated with repellent, my husband and I removed over 100 ticks on each of us during our trek across the plain! Because of this, we prefer this hike in the fall and winter. The staff at the visitor's center are always great, and the restrooms spotless.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Be ready for bison. Got stuck between two herds and could not cross the path safely for a while, but that really is not common. Over all a good trail, flat with few creek crossings and watch for bison dong. But maps describing the trails are confusing.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Prairie trails are a special hiking experience. personally I preffer winter or spring for best scenery. Anything but boring as most suppose for the spacious panorama's, for theever changing scenery and for the wildlife

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