Walter Woods Conservation Area Trail

EASY 10 reviews

Walter Woods Conservation Area Trail is a 0.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Shoal Creek, Missouri that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.6 miles
26 feet

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly


nature trips





historic site

Walter Woods Area trail is a paved trail looping through a forested area, a wetland area, a fishing lake and historic structures remaining from when this was a fish hatchery.

3 months ago

This is more of a light walk. Hardly anyone was there which was really nice. It has some cute little bridge crossing and beautiful scenery

7 months ago

Love coming to Walter Woods. It is definitely more of a walk rather than a hike, but it is a pretty walk. Usually nobody else is there when we visit, which is nice. The trail is paved and well maintained, a few small bridges that cross creeks, and a beautiful stone conservation building. Our dogs love coming here, and is a nice alternative to some of the busier trails around Joplin.

11 months ago

I have been going to this park for years. It is not a hike, it is a light walk. Bird watchers love this path. Perfect for taking kids and dogs on. The trail is paved the whole way through. The "lake" is more of a pond and I believe is only used as a fishing education pond, and I think that recreational fishing is not allowed. An adult looking for exercise is going to have to run this trail, loop through several times, or both. It is wheelchair friendly.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Walter Woods trails are well maintained. I was referred to the site while visiting Wildcat Glades Audubon visitor center. It is more of a walk than a hiking trail so I was disappointed from that regard. However it was a pleasant hike through the woods. It would be great for young kids.

5 months ago

6 months ago

Sunday, August 06, 2017