Explore the most popular lake 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.

hiking
15 hours ago

Trail was well maintained. Very little in the way of lake views on this section anyway. Mostly just a trail through the timber. Easily hiked. Good for kids or older folks. It does run very close to a roadway of some sort. We could hear traffic driving by quite a bit during the route. Good little offshoot to a picnic table gave us a good place to Jetboil coffee. It’s true what others have said about it being a part of the Lakeview trail.

We started out behind the old gym and went straight up the hill....and I mean straight. Pretty steep. Once at the top we got a peak at the river and then made our way back down. Nothing spectacular. Did finish along the lake that was hand dug in the 1930's which was nice. I would start and go clockwise next time to come down the steepest part. Make sure to get a tour of the historical buildings while you're there.

hiking
1 day ago

we only hiked for 30 minutes in/30 min out. pretty easy trail that ran parallel to the st. francis river.

Great hike. Looking forward to returning.

3 days ago

Easy, clean, and peaceful.

hiking
3 days ago

Great view of the lake towards the middle of the trail. It's not blazed very well at all. Almost felt lost for the majority of it. Still worth it, just make sure you take a park map with you.

hiking
3 days ago

Much better than walking the streets.

love the different flora and fauna

yellow loop is now closed permanently which is a 3 mile hike, terrain isn't the best. it is meant to be for horses. red is still open but is a 6 hour hike 9 miles.

trail running
5 days ago

Fun little 2.5 mile trail run. Very well maintained trail, forest groomed, and some decent hills. Some rocks on the trail, but nothing technical. Also have the potential to jump on at least two other trails to stretch you run out. Neat little state park trail on Lake of the Ozarks.

great

Lovely hike for a mid-summer hike! The trail was balanced with both hills and flat areas. The trail is gravel/dirt and narrow with overgrown brush in areas. Most of the trail is shaded. We saw countless elk, deer, and turkey along the trail. At times we had to take an alternate route to avoid disturbing the wildlife on the trail. We inspected ourselves after the hike and found we were covered in hundreds of seed ticks on us despite DEET insect repellent. We drove through the bison area but didn’t have any sightings. We will return again soon!

hiking
8 days ago

I thought it was really pretty! The lookout point that overlooks the river is well worth it. It’s a fairly easy trail. Narrow, but not too much of an incline. Mostly throw the woods, but there is a pretty field and overlook of the river. Boaters seem to be really friendly. They’ll wave as the boat by.

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
8 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!

The trail was well marked with easy access to the trailhead. There are plenty of trail maps but no bathrooms. The trail is very rocky and narrow making the rating of “moderate” accurate. My two children got excited for a bench at about two miles. They sat down only to realize a minute later that they were COVERED in termites! My five year old was in pure horror! We tried to finish the loop with the shortcut but after a quarter of a mile farther, we decided it was best to turn around. After returning back to the car and fully stripping their clothes, we also found three ticks on my husband and daughter. Heads up that this is not a young kid friendly hike. I wish we would’ve have gotten a chance to see the entire trail and what it has to offer. I gave it three stars because I’m sure it’s a good trial for others, but I wish I’d known it wasn’t for my family. Oh well, you live and you learn.

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.

The walk was really pretty, but there is no signage and I didn't go out for long or very far because of this.

We parked at the Smoke and Davey Trailhead and took the Neale Trail. So great. Somewhat challenging, very cobwebby at 8 am but found a good stick to help with that. Very well maintained and pretty views everywhere. When the trail crossed the cement path that ran down the center of the trail system we occasionally saw another person but aside from that no other people once we were in the woods. Great views of the lake.

hiking
15 days ago

Returned with a troop of scouts and did the trail.

Not a bad trail. Good walk. Very limited view of the lake, so not that exciting.

Nice view of the lake. Easy trail with some rough terrain.

hiking
15 days ago

Easy trail. Loose gravel/rock. Shaded areas.

The map on this app combines the .4 mile unpaved Engine House Ruins Trail (a point to point trail) with the 1 mile paved Braille loop trail. The Engine House Ruins Trail starts halfway around the loop of the Braille Trail at the old roofless rock engine house building and passes by an old flooded quarry before connecting back up with the Braille Trail. The Braille Trail passes by the same quarry on the opposite side from the Engine House Ruins Trail. The trail is very busy on summer weekends but gives a nice view of the Elephant Rocks in the park.

Beautiful trail, but we walked through a patch of seed ticks. Worth checking out if you’re in the Ozarks

easy. simple. genius!

walking
17 days ago

Towne Park is located just north of Wentzville off of Highway 61. It is a pleasant mixture of prairie and woods. The approximately 8' wide, 1.1 mile asphalt-paved trail offers a nice, fairly level all-weather place for walking, running, and biking.

This loop trail takes you around a central prairie field with woods on the outer side. The are also several earthen interconnected spur trails through the woods that you can add to increase distance to your walk and create a more hiking-like feel to your visit.

Near the parking area are two playgrounds for children, a pavilion, a pond, and a modern vault toilet facility. The park is nice for families and well maintained by St Charles County. It is also dog friendly but requires a leash.

I might add the the name Towne Park comes from the family that donated the land rather than meaning that this is some sort of town park.

hiking
19 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.

Had a great hike with my husband. the beginning of the trail was a bit confusing- you have to walk to the "lookout" in order to find the trailhead. The steps leading from Taneycomo waterfront back up to the lookout was handbuilt in 1938, look for the engraved poem!

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 .

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