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Rockywood Trail Loop

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Washington State Park

Rockywood Trail Loop is a 6.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near De Soto, Missouri that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.2 miles Elevation Gain: 853 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Rocky Woods Trail takes you through Washington State Park and connects to the shorter 1000 Steps Trail. There is CCC stonework, expansive views from several stone buildings, stone steps in some areas, small caves, and springs. The trail goes up and down through rough terrain, use caution after heavy rains.

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 days ago

Wonderful views and beautiful floral on a mostly shaded trail, which allowed a very pleasant 90° midday hiking. Trail markings were kind of confusing for the orange trail, if you aren't familiar. It was disjointed. Very true to its name. A much rocky terrain. Beautiful rocks, cute toads and unique butterflies were highlights. Highway traffic can be a nuisance.

hiking
8 days ago

Very pretty Missouri trail. It was pretty muddy from a recent light rain. Be ready for mud and slippery rocks. Trekking poles came in really handy for this terrain. Most of the trail is shaded and it is nice and green. There are many large rock formations and multiple areas with really nice views. Some hills but nothing too terrible. A nice trail I will defiantly hike again.

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
28 days ago

Lots of terrain change. Super muddy. Very rocky which was slick in some spots. Tons of lizards and butterflies. Saw two different kinds of snakes!! Not my jam. Definitely on the hard side of moderate. Probably won’t do again but glad I did it.

hiking
29 days ago

nice views, a little muddy but definetly worth checking out.

walking
muddy
29 days ago

Very pretty trail. Lots of small intermittant streams crossed the trail. Mud made it slippery in a lot of places but the mud was only ~2-3” deep, at most. There was one creek that was deep. We were able to rock hop without it overtopping low cut hikers.

hiking
off trail
rocky
1 month ago

Good trail would recommend take the alternate trail by the bluff looking over to river had a lot of fun there.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

I cannot say enough great things about this trail. It was long, challenging, beautiful, intriguing, different, eclectic. The terrain and the flora seemed to change so much it was like being in different parts of the country on a six-mile loop. We completed the trail in about 3.5 hours, but we are coming back to take our time to really enjoy and take in the scenery. You must watch your step and bring excellent hiking boots to navigate the trail comfortably; there were muddy spots, but surprisingly not as many as we anticipated with the rain the day before. Making extra time to take in all the sights is a good idea, too. This has by far been my favorite trail to date and I can't wait to get back.

hiking
blowdown
2 months ago

It’s a good trail for beginners if you go on the loop trail you will most likely hit the bluff right off of the bat and then the rest of the hike is just through the woods there’s a few good spots to see but after the beginning there’s nothing really special.

hiking
icy
muddy
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

hiking
icy
muddy
scramble
3 months ago

hiking
icy
muddy
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

This is the second time I've completed this Trail. I didn't do it in a short amount of time but what can I say that's because it's frozen icy January in Missouri. Love this Trail the first time loved it even more this time. Highly recommend for anyone who wants to feel like they have seen Superman's home. the ice formations were the best part of this hike today. -HH

muddy
off trail
rocky
washed out
4 months ago

Went after really hard rain. If you have good hiking boots, would recommend. Was fun. 90% of the trail is next to moving water. About 1.8 miles in we did have a slightly difficult creek to cross. We walked maybe 300 steps to find a safe spot. And there was flooding, but no warning that it would affect the trail. The last 1/4 mile was completely under water. (Near the 1000 step trail) and we had to walk through the woods to the parking lot. Ton of fun, really challenging, took a little more than 3 hours

hiking
4 months ago

I LOVE LOVE LOVED THIS TRAIL! The first part was convenient with restrooms lol but overall it’s great! A little rocky. Between the 2 and 3 mile there was a section where it looked like someone went thru there and places their own trail markers with blue markers and there was also pink and black markers. If you are not familiar with trail etiquette and following original trail markers these could confuse someone so just beware!! I only went off trail where I noticed park restrooms (instead of squatting) and I logged in at 7.3 miles! Loved it!

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