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Best trails in Missouri

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Trying to find the best Missouri trails? AllTrails has 937 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Kansas City, St. Louis or Columbia, we've got you covered. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 561 easy trails in Missouri ranging from 0.6 to 78.7 miles and from 288 to 1,771 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Missouri
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#1 - River Scene Trail Loop
Castlewood State Park
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 25 m
River Scene Trail (red arrows) This three-mile loop is the most spectacular trail in the park and highlights the parks most memorable features. The trail climbs to and then traverses a series of bluffs overlooking the Meramec River. It then goes down a long wood staircase that takes you from the top of the bluffs to the valley below. From there, the trail takes you through an up-close and personal look at the river and the bottomland surrounding it. Along the way, you will pass panoramic vistas, remnants of the historic resort era and floodplain forest. This trail is designated for hiking and bicycling (hiking only on the bluff portion). Show more
#2 - Pickle Springs Natural Area
Pickle Springs Natural Area
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 59 m
Pickle Springs Natural Area: Trail through time was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1974. It features unique rock outcroppings, wet weather creekcrossings, seasonal waterfalls, bluff overlooks and shallow caves. If you like unique and unusual rock formations, this trail provides just that, in addition to ample wildlife spotting opportunities. The trail is well maintained, there are some steep uphill climbs, and several bridged creek crossings. Show more
#3 - Lewis and Clark Trail and Lewis Trail Loop
Weldon Spring Conservation Area
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 3 h 55 m
This is the most scenic hike in the Metro St. Louis Area. Three sections of the trail pass by limestone cliffs and bluff escarpments where hikers enjoy a beautiful view of the Missouri River. These sections require you to take a short spur off of the main trail. The bluffs are usually about 25 yards from the main trail. These sections come up in the first 2 miles of the hike. Moderately strenuous for Missouri hiking. One possible, yet easy, creek crossing in wet weather. Be sure, at the creek crossing, to take the fork that heads NORTH or else you will be doing the full 8.2 mile loop (Lewis Trail). Show more
#4 - Mina Sauk Falls Trail
Taum Sauk Mountain State Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 28 m
This a fairly easy hike, although the trail is rocky in some areas. The Mina Sauk Falls is at the half way point. This trail also intersects with the Ozark Trail. The trail is well marked. Please note that there are areas that are off-limits due to fragile ecological conditions. These areas are marked by small stop signs.Show more
#5 - Lewis and Clark Trail and Clark Trail Loop
Weldon Spring Conservation Area
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 28 m
#6 - Sandstone Canyon Trail
Don Robinson State Park
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 54 m
#7 - Whispering Pines Trail
Hawn State Park
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Length: 12.4 mi • Est. 5 h 53 m
Whispering Pines Loop Trail is a 9.2 mile loop trail consisting of two loops: the north loop is approximately six miles long and the south loop is approximately 3.75 miles. It meanders through a beautiful mixed hardwood and pine forest, crossing through streams and over scenic ridges. This trail is arguably the best, most scenic trail in the state. It has a little bit of everything, unusual rock formations, beautiful creeks, old forests, panoramic views, and wildlife. The trail can be strenuous at times, but the climbs are worthwhile as they afford fantastic views of the surrounding mountains. There is a connector trail that allows this trail to be cut in half to make a very nice shortened day hike. There are three backpacking campsites along the trail to accommodate an extended trip. This is one trail that should not be missed!Show more
#8 - Lime Kiln Trail
Rockwoods Reservation Conservation Area
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 24 m
Rockwoods Reservation harbors a rich diversity of plant and animal life as well as springs, caves, and rock formations. Cool, moist, north facing ravines and lush creek bottoms contrast with the nearby arid, rocky ridge tops, and south slopes. The terrain is reminiscent of the Ozark hills and, indeed, many plants and animals found in hill country are also found here. Although located near metropolitan St. Louis, raccoons, opossums, turkeys, deer, fox, songbirds, chipmunks, and snakes are common hereShow more
#9 - White Tail Trail
Parkville Nature Sanctuary
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 13 m
The White Tail Loop trail is through an urban forest. It travels up a steep hillside along a forested ravine and loops back down the other side along an old logging road. Deer and other wildlife is plentiful in the area and often seen. White Alloe Creek Conservation Area is adjoined by the Parkville Nature Sanctuary. Four short loop trails, ranging from .1 miles to .9 miles in length are found in the Santuary. Highlights between the two sites include a water fall, abundant wildlife, several streams and a shelter built on the foundation of an old girl scout cabin. A section is ADA accessible. Trail guides are available at the trail head. No Bikes, no dogs, and no motorized vehicles. Show more
#10 - Lone Wolf Trail
Castlewood State Park
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 50 m
This trail parallels the River Scene Trail on top of the bluffs before plunging into the Kiefer Creek valley. The trail then follows the south bank of Kiefer Creek. There is also a creek crossing that connects this trail with Grotpeter Trail. The trail was originally built to allow bicyclists access to the bluff area, but it is also an excellent hiking trail. Features along the trail include beautiful ridge top views, fern covered bluffs and a gravel strewn creek bed. The trail is named in honor of the Lone Wolf Club, a speak easy/tavern from the historic resort era. The club is adjacent to the park near the trail on private property.Show more
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