Explore the most popular fishing trails in Missouri with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
3 days ago

I loved this trail. It takes you deep in the woods, and it has many great views and sights to see. Highly recommend it. I made a video with some highlights from my trip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUQxymOH9iQ

Cool trail on the lake. Had a nice breeze, clear weather, and swimming area. Nice overlook trail with good elevation that breaks off loop.

backpacking
5 days ago

This trail is absolutely beautiful! Definitely a good beginner hike. Came here for a backpacking trip but cut the trip a day short. First day I was covered in seed ticks and went to wash off in the closest bit of water which had leaches in it. Beautiful trail just don't recommend coming here in August!

We enjoyed our 2 1/2 hike on Saturday Aug 4th. The weather was perfect for hiking. The map read that there "would" be ticks and to use tick repellent but of course that's the one thing we didnt bring. Half way through the hike we got seedticks up to our ankles Even my dog got seed ticks on her legs. So what I would recommend is to bring tick spray and a change of shoes for after the hike. After our hike, we went to Moon Valley and waded around in the water. That helped our ankles

Paved trail with much of it in shade. I really enjoyed the Dewey Short Visitor Center by the dam. I parked at Showboat Branson Belle parking lot and walked toward the dam. .8 miles then back. I also went the other direction toward another state park area which is also .8 miles. This trail is in sections with many benches to sit and enjoy the view. I use the restrooms at showboat park area but there are outhouse type restrooms at each of the Missouri state park areas. I love this trail and will do the entire beautiful walk He next time I am in town.

paddle sports
13 days ago

Great float river. Very busy, do during the week to miss the crowds We did 26 miles talking out at Lead Mine.

backpacking
13 days ago

Did this trail last weekend but had to stop at the creek. Water sources along trail are low because lack of rain and smelled so I would not filter.
Going south bound from Ozark Outdoor, at the 2.5 mile mark there are trees down over the trail and will require you to climb over them.
Overall great hike and beautiful views.

Close to home, paved so good for strollers. Good river view. enough hills for a decent workout!

One of my girlfriend and I's favorite place to go :) Lots of views and you can see alot of deer on the lower levels. highly recommend for anyone, friendly for all ages

This was mostly a horse trail. The conservation department has re-routed the trail we were trying to follow causing us to take a wrong(?) turn and cutting a couple of miles off of our intended route. Instead of hiking down along the Niangua River we skirted the ridge above it. Also, according to the map, at one point we had a choice of three paths back to our vehicle. Fortunately, we chose the correct one as the other two ended up being closed to allow vegetation to regrow. However, we didn’t discover that until we saw signs where the other two “old” trails merged with the “new” one. Also, there was not one point where we could find an actual paper map to follow. We happened upon a campground that showed us where we were and where we needed to go. Be prepared to do a lot of up hill!

hiking
16 days ago

Nice trail that’s mostly a fine gravel path. There are multiple resting / viewing areas with benches. Also it was surprisingly scenic being so close to the Chesterfield valley shopping centers.

Not marked well . The camping spot is not marked well and it is on the side of a hill . The lake is beautiful
Trail is nice a lot of wild life if you plan to camp use a hammock not a tent .

First hike, great experience! Panoramic views. We started at the east and ascended via the stairs. They are well maintained and really get the blood pumping. A few more inclines made for a great hike. Cooled down with the Meramec river trail.

First 1/4 to 1/2 mile a little tough but rest of trail easy enjoyable

hiking
20 days ago

This trail was nice and had good views of the lake. Also is a great trail for anyone who is adverse to elevation changes. The only down side (in my opinion) is the narrow width of the trail, which made it difficult for my German Shepard to heel next to me while walking. Furthermore crossing paths with fellow hikers was tricky in some spots due to the narrow trail with steep banks on one side and the lake on the other.

7/28/18 trail still closed for maintenance to reroute 1 mile of the trail.

Grew up on this stretch of the river. One of the most beautiful places. Lots of trails, fishing, hunting, and canoeing opportunities. Summer is very hectic with tourists. I've quit going on the weekends because of the # of people. Autumn is perfect...less people....amazing colors.

walking
20 days ago

Easy, wide, flat mostly graveled trail around the lake. If you start from the boat ramp parking lot the trail starts on the left and goes clockwise around the lake. If starting at 2nd parking lot the trail starts at the dam. There is a 2nd shorter trail around the smaller lake. It connects on each side of the dam. The smaller trail is gravel on the far side of the lake and is a mowed grass path along the parking lot side. Nice little trail.

This area is perfect for walking your dog or children.

hiking
23 days ago

This trail was great and had very pretty views! My only complaint is that it’s a very thin path and when traffic is heavy, it can be difficult to get around people. We had our dog with us, which wasn’t a huge problem until passing situations.

We just hiked this trail two days ago and really enjoyed the cliff caves, rocky creek beds and tunnel at the end. We took the East trail and it took about 4 hours there and back. However, we all returned with horrible, itching rashes on our ankles despite wearing long pants, heavy socks and bug repellant. I think seed ticks may be the culprit after doing some research as we all had tiny black specs freckling our feet and ankles after hiking. I don't know how to protect oneself from seed ticks but I would certainly look into it before hiking this trail again.

Great trail to hike with lots to see. Horses also use the trial and there was a tremendous amount of manure on the trail today. More than I've ever seen on this trail

Amazing views all around this trail! As a big dude the end is tough but extremely rewarding!

Easy trail. Pretty wide open. Bring good shoes since there are jagged rocks along the trail.

This trail starts out behind the rock pavillion. It is pretty steep along a wet weather creek. Path is narrow and rocky but very doable. It crosses the hwy at the top and then levels out at the top through the pine before making it's way down the hill (not as steep) to end at the naturalist cabin near the hatchery. The Naturalist was welcoming and showed my young nieces snakes, turtles and fish along with some hides and bones that they kept in the office. If you go left out of the office you can take a short hike along the spring fed lake and hatchery which loops back along the river. I enjoyed this hike with a group of all ages. There is also a trail around the 7 springs that start the current river. And of course an ice cream or meal at the lodge is always welcomed.

Nice little trail to end the day, it is paved and gravel so easy for all ages. Hiked the hillier pine ridge trail first.

Great trail for kids! The beginning of the trail is a little exhausting if you aren’t used to elevation, but the rest is easy breezy! Beautiful views and photo opps. Lots of puppers on the trail so be on alert if your dog isn’t used to making friends.

walking
26 days ago

Easy access, level and paved walking surface, plenty of options to fish (although nothing was biting!). It’s a newer park so no tree shade but there are covered pavilions when you want to rest and get out of the sun. Lacks a playground so the kids were disappointed about that. But great for me for walking/running.

SPIDERS EVERYWHERE

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