Explore the most popular historic site 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.

Very noisy highway traffic. Trail is not t well maintained.

walking
18 days ago

Good for kids- some play area. The name is misleading and underwhelming. The cave is tiny. There are neat chimneys along the one mile trail. Wear pants and close toed shoes- lots of poison ivy and sumac. Lots of shade, so lots of mud along the trail.

hiking
21 days ago

Great spot for us and the kids. Really cool place to visit and not too hard for young children or stroller.

Easy trail, loved the ruins of the fort. Very pretty area, interesting history.

really pretty! loved it

hiking
1 month ago

A fine, paved trail through beautiful woods and along rock faces. Lots of locals use it for biking, jogging, and dogs, and you'll see families of all ages out there in the evenings. The paved trail follows a creek, which follows a railroad, which is right on the edge of Hannibal, so you're never far from the sound of vehicles, and unfortunately there is some degree of debris at either end of the trail.

The loop marked by Shannon Street on the map is actually a second walking path, no fear of motorized vehicles. If you take that route, you will pass by grand limestone caves, the very ones which inspired the cave scenes in Mark Twain's "Tom Sawyer"! These caves all have special gates to keep people out but let the native bats come and go freely.

I went out on May 9th about 1 hour before sunset in hopes of seeing bats. But I was informed the big swarms are only in the Fall. So I didn't see any groups emerging from the caves, but I did spy a few flitting around the treetops.

hiking
1 month ago

Took my 7 and 5 year old on this trail and had no issues, they both were able to navigate well enough. While the map of the red trail shows a loop that enters and exits at two different spots at the park entrance, there is also an extended portion of the red trail that goes further into the park. The various branches of the red trail are not well marked, so we found ourselves doing the extended portion and we weren’t aware of it. I suggest using gps to identify where to go to stay on the shorter/easier route. Fun trail, well maintained, easy to identify. We will definitely be back.

1 month ago

Gorgeous hidden treasure

hiking
1 month ago

The old mill is a highlight of this short hike. It sets next to a spring that averages 81 million gallons a day. The bridge over the creek has long since washed away so it’s an out and back trail now.

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

1 month ago

Great little outing for the kids... easy trail and the kiddos loved the little waterfall and the cave.

hiking
2 months ago

Had a wonderful hike today on the Red Trail. The recent rains made the creeks impassable, unless you’re very adventurous, but there were plenty of trails to hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Dog friendly easy little trail. Nice little play and picnic area. Great for quick hikes with little ones.

The last quarter mile of the dirt road to the trailhead is nearly impassable to small cars. The hike itself was a refreshing walk in the woods. A neat little homestead and out buildings that really demonstrate the self-sufficiency of the homesteaders is the highlight.

hiking
2 months ago

nice little trail with plenty to see

Nice park but not user friendly. Signs are not very clear. But really cool old forts and nice area for dogs . By the river

If you go after a good rain there is a lovely cascading waterfall about 2 blocks before you reach the river.

3 months ago

Loved it! Kid friendly. Relatively flat, so not too difficult for my littles and plenty to entertain everyone. We especially liked the playground area.

hiking
3 months ago

Great historic site to see one of four covered bridges left in the state and equally one of the few mills left in the state. site very well preserved. Nice short hike to the cemetery.

For as short as this trail is, it's packed with awesomeness. The area itself is amazing. I could sit and look at the spring all day. Great place for family pictures. So clean!

Beautiful hike. Great scenery and not too difficult.

This is a fantastic park for kids! There are so many paths and little slopes and rocks to climb. There is even a little bitty waterfall. There is a kids play area to the right of the main entrance and directly above the cave.

Just a loop...couldn't find the fort:/

Interesting trail. Had a really nice three mile dog walk.

Such a pretty hike! Went in January, but can’t wait to see it in spring and summer when everything is lush and the river is fuller.

hiking
4 months ago

Most trails in this park will have you listening to gunshots from the shooting range in this park as well as the highway traffic noise but this Red trail will eventually lead you far enough away from both for a bit of a reprieve with just the sounds of nature.

hiking
4 months ago

Was unable to find a place to cross the creek in one direction in the loop without trekking through water which is too cold this time of year so did not complete this trail but hiked the red trail and some side trails.
You'll likely be hearing gunshots from the shooting range in this park as well as the highway traffic noise so don't go out expecting it to be just you and the sounds of nature.

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.

walking
5 months ago

Easy, flat, curvy trail. Good for walking, running, biking, rollerblading, etc. This park is rarely busy. Features a small pond and dock, a natural play area, and a playground.

6 months ago

fun trail with good views and some history

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