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Best trails in Defiance

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Looking for a great trail near Defiance, Missouri? AllTrails has 8 great trail running trails, hiking trails, kid friendly 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 Don Robinson State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Weldon Spring Conservation Area or Salt Lick Trails Nature Reserve. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in Defiance ranging from 1.7 to 7.4 miles and from 456 to 688 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 Defiance
Top trails (8)
#1 - Lost Valley Trail Loop
Weldon Spring Conservation Area
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Length: 10.2 mi • Est. 4 h 32 m
A combination of woodsy trails, old roads and a few streams to cross.Show more
#2 - Matson Hill and Oxen Trail Loop
Matson Hill Park
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 19 m
Matson Hill and Oxen Trail Loop is a 5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Defiance, Missouri that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of acShow more
#3 - Lost Valley Trail: Short Loop
Weldon Spring Conservation Area
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 3 h 43 m
Lost Valley Trail: Short Loop is a 8.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Defiance, Missouri that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily useShow more
#4 - Katy Trail: Weldon Spring to Defiance
Katy Trail State Park
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
Katy Trail: Weldon Spring to Defiance is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Defiance, Missouri that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarShow more
#5 - Howell Island Loop
Howell Island Conservation Area
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 3 h 3 m
Note: As of April 2020, the bridge connecting to the mainland is flooded. Please check with the park page for more information. The island is only accessible when the Missouri River is below 16 feet aShow more
#6 - Jacks Loop and Betty’s Lake
Broemmelsiek Park
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 6 m
Note: Users have reported that Jack's Loop is not well-marked. Be sure to record your hike to avoid getting lost.Show more
#7 - Schwede Loop
Broemmelsiek Park
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 40 m
Schwede Loop is a 1.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Defiance, Missouri that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity opShow more
#8 - Woodland Trail
Defiance, Missouri
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Length: 0.2 mi • Est. 6 m
Woodland Trail is a 0.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Defiance, Missouri that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walkinShow more