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

13 days ago

Blue trail is one of 3 trails at Sugar Creek State Forest. They recently did some tree harvesting and it’s currently going through restoration so a lot of dead trees are cut down. There are some new trails made by all the vehicles that went through the forest so you will have to pay attention to where you are at so you don’t get lost. These additional trails have dead ends and before you know it, you are off the trail and wandering around. There is a highway crossing as well that connects to Yellow trail but you can follow the road down a few hundred feet and cross back over on to Blue again. Great trail to hike but make sure you follow the route in the map so you don’t get lost.

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28 days ago

Nice short trail to walk. It takes you along side the lake with nice views across the water. You can either skip the loop and go trailhead to trailhead then back again or spend another 10 mins to take the loop around off the main trail then get back on the main trail again. The loop has a connection to Thousand Hills trail at a creek crossing if you want to go that route.

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1 month ago

Orange Trail is one of three trails at Sugar Creek State Forest. It is a 2.2 mile wide, mostly flat trail with little elevation change for the first 20 mins. The next 20 mins has a few steep downhills then back up again with a little bit of flat in between.

There are a few forks in the trails that are not well marked so if you want to do the 2.2 mile loop as shown on the map, then you will keep left at the first fork, right at the second fork, then left again at the third fork.

Keep in mind that you may see a few narrow overgrown trails off to the side. These may end up leading to private property so stick to the wide open trail.

hiking
3 months ago

I'm not sure I would rate this as "Hard," but it's definitely rugged (and certainly hard if you do the entire 10.5mile trail!). Blazed in orange, with white connector trail blazes.
I found the trailhead from the main road, easy to spot. Small gravel parking lot at the TH, and others parked on the road's shoulder. I loved being alongside the lake for the nice views for nearly all of my hike. I completed 3 miles one way, then turned around to return to the TH to leave. I'd like to visit again and complete more of the trail, perhaps from a different TH. Pretty fall leaves, very quiet, and I spotted a huge blue heron gliding along the lake shore. It was a bit muddy, but not problematic (lots of rain earlier this month). It's heavily wooded for most of the trail, but it does open up to a big grassy glade that is at the foot of the lake's dam. I crossed this, following some markers, and picked up the orange blazes again. I crossed a few small creeks, nothing too tough.

3 months ago

Lakeside trail with nice views. Earthen trail relatively flat with some inclines. Numerous deer in greater park area but none on the trail itself.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail with fair markings. Mostly flat with overgrown brush from the sides onto the trail. Saw several deer and really like the lake views. Not over crowded so the spider webs were aplenty.

2 days later and my husband and I are miserable with literally hundreds of chigger bites to our legs.

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 .

trail running
Monday, February 20, 2017

I like how convenient it is to Kirksville and it's pretty well marked. It's nice for training distance runs because there are mile markers every 0.5 miles so you can plan exactly how far you want to run before turning around.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Don't think we did the right trail, but it was nice.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Backpacked 5 miles into the remote site, backpacked out this morning. gorgeous trail long the lake. The east half is prettiest if you're only doing one part. The remote sites is beautiful. filtered water out if the pond, there's a cool cave at that site.

backpacking
Sunday, June 05, 2016

Trail was not maintained at all. Backcountry campsite was nice. Typical Missouri trail. Lots of weeds and trees. Not too many scenic areas. Will not be coming back

hiking
Sunday, August 09, 2015

Super rainy the entire way, but couldn't have picked a better place to have my first solo overnight trip!

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Friday, August 25, 2017

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Friday, July 28, 2017

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

on Thousand Hills Trail

Sunday, May 07, 2017

on Forest Lake Trail

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017

Monday, September 05, 2016

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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