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Best trails in De Soto

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Looking for a great trail near De Soto, Missouri? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, dogs leash trails, forest 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 Castlewood State Park or Hawn State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Pickle Springs Natural Area or Salt Lick Trails Nature Reserve. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in De Soto ranging from 1.5 to 6.8 miles and from 541 to 889 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 De Soto
Top trails (6)
#1 - Rockywood Trail Loop
Washington State Park
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h 4 m
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. Show more
#2 - Opossum Track Trail
Washington State Park
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 15 m
Opossum Track Trail traverses a section of the 68-acre Washington State Park Hardwood Natural Area, an area of land set aside for protection because of its natural beauty. Along sections of the trail, you may notice depressions in the earth which seem un-natural. Prior to the park’s construction, this area was prospected for a mineral called barite, locally known as tiff. The depressions are the remains of those prospecting operations. Barite is used in the production of drilling mud and paint. As you hike along this scenic trail, you may also enjoy several breath-taking views of the Big River valley, particularly near the Civilian Conservation Corps overlook. The trail meanders through a typical Missouri oak-hickory hardwood forest, abounding with wildflowers, songbirds, native wildlife, majestic trees and trickling water winding its way along an ancient creek bed. This trail is moderately difficult. Along the trail, you may encounter slippery conditions, rocks and roots sticking up in the trail’s natural surface, steep grades and creek crossings without bridges.Show more
#3 - 1000 Steps Trail
Washington State Park
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 46 m
1000 step trail loops up a steep forested hill following stone steps placed by the CCC to the top of the ridge then heads across the ridge before returning by descending the bluff and following the bluff's bottom back to the trailhead. This trail was constructed by Company 1743 of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1936. In fact, most of the outstanding rock work in the park is a result of their efforts, including the large stone steps that give 1000 Steps Trail its name. After climbing the stone steps up through the oak/hickory hardwood forest, you will encounter more of the CCCs handiwork: an overlook shelter built into the hillside to resemble a natural outcropping. This stone shelter overlooks the Big River valley and makes a nice resting place after the long climb up the talus slope. Hiking along this trail, you may see wildflowers, native songbirds, frisky squirrels and other small mammals, majestic hardwood trees and abundant dolomite rock outcroppings. This trails also meanders through the 68-acre Washington State Park Hardwood Natural Area, an area of land set aside for protection because of its natural beauty. This trail is moderately difficult. Along this trail, you will encounter several bridges and stonework that may become slippery, rocks and roots sticking up in the trails natural surface, and steep grades traversed by uneven stone steps. You may also notice a number of downed trees along many sections of the trail; these are a result of severe storm damage, and the area will recover as time passes.Show more
#4 - Victoria Glades Conservation Area Loop
Victoria Glades Conservation Area
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
#5 - Rockywood Trail
Washington State Park
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 20 m
#6 - Big River
Washington State Park
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Length: 3.3 mi
The river is pristine and natural. The float is not interrupted by signs of civilization. The river is also known for fine fishing.Show more