Matson Hill Park Trail

EASY 38 reviews
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Matson Hill Park Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Defiance, Missouri that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
600 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

hiking
3 days ago

Did all three trails - Matson Hill, Oxen Mill, and Hayes. Totaled around 9 miles. These trails are all connected so you can do just the first one, or the first two, or all three. They are probably rated in my opinion as easy to moderate. You won't find any overlooks here but a lot of diverse nature to see on all three trails

hiking
11 days ago

great trail, several stream crossings,

hiking
17 days ago

nice Trail did both the Matson Trail and The Oxen Trail took approximately 5 miles well-marked

mountain biking
20 days ago

I would consider this to be "Moderate" difficulty, at the least, for MTB! I'm pretty sure I stayed on the Matson Hill Loop and there were a lot of "technical" parts (layered rocks, multiple sized roots, ect.) Definitely a place I need more practice at! The natural formations were beautiful!!

hiking
21 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great area to escape the suburbs. Nice array of wildlife. Trail is groomed well. I hike but will probably try to mountain bike one day.

hiking
1 month ago

Found this trail more difficult because it had so many roots, rocks, and rough areas. Constantly watching where to step. Considered it deep woods hiking with a meadow view if you include Oxen Mill Trail.

hiking
3 months ago

nice clean trail through the hillside. Nothing to impressive on the trail but would make for a good mountain biking trail.

hiking
4 months ago

not what we expected. we went with the anticipation of hiking for 3miles but the signage on the trail was very unclear and didn't have mileage at all so we ended up accidentally vearing of on oxen mills trail which looped around back to the original trail so I'm not even sure how many miles we actually went and we ended up running most of it because I was going to be late to work because of our "detour". We were out for a little over two hours. lots of parts of the trail very muddy and it hasnt rained in 4 days.

hiking
6 months ago

Happened to stumble across this trail and we happened to be at the top...very fun walk down! Don't think I would have been so thrilled had I found it at the bottom. Will certainly be back to check out other trails in the immediate area solely based off this one.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail... a little tougher than I expected, and we ended up doing 3.6 miles somehow??

mountain biking
8 months ago

Lol, there is nothing easy about this trail on a mountain bike. I love it because it has some great fast downhill sections and some really technical sections. I reiterate.....this trail is not easy. I took my wife there and she literally cried she was so frustrated.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Enjoyed our hike on this quiet, well groomed trail. Saw 4 adult deer grazing on the hillside. Encountered one other hiker and a couple of cyclists, on a 70 degree day! Great views and loads of blooming wildflowers!

hiking
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Thursday, April 14, 2016

I love this trail, one of my families favorites.

hiking
Thursday, March 17, 2016

Beautiful

hiking
Sunday, March 06, 2016

hiking
Wednesday, November 04, 2015

hiking
Thursday, October 08, 2015

Just there two days ago and took this trail. Well groomed. Watch out for roots and rocks trip hazards though. Wide, no weeds, no brush, no ticks or chiggers. Only four bike riders and no other hikers. Peace, solitude. Nice views from the top of the hill at trail head.