Explore the most popular nature trips 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
23 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.

Only giving it 4 starts because it wasn't well marked. There are several WORN paths were trail blazes would help keep you on track. Other than that the trail was VERY enjoyable. Although it's short, it's definitely worth the trip - just bring a map or GPS.

Nice trail consisting of two loops. Also has areas specifically for mountain bikers. Couple hilly areas and would cross lots of little runoff streams in wet weather. Several interesting rock formations.

Flat paved loop. Quick to run

great trail. well maintained. liked the different terrains. very quiet and peaceful.

on Shut-in Trail

hiking
2 days ago

Easy hike to the Shut ins....very flat unless you take the trail to connect to Mudlick....that is straight up! Took a dip in Big Creek and had lunch on the sand bar before going back.

Loved the trail. Beware if you need shade. Parts of the trail go on for miles without shade. And if you follow the trail right next to the river, you'll walk the whole way in sand.

Good trail

We only did the Hamilton iron works trail which was only .2 miles. Nice short trail with cool structures but came out with hundreds of tiny ticks.

This is an easy trail for those who want to get into hiking. The scenery is really on the back end. There are other trails nearby like Hickory Grove.

hiking
3 days ago

Wonderful shady trail

Really nice trail that is convenient to St. Louis (and close to the burbs). I went trail running today, in the midst of hot and humid Missouri summer. The trail was perfectly shady with off-shoots to view the river from the bluffs. I ran the 5.3ish Clark trail and only had to walk partly up one ascent so the hills were reasonable for an experienced runner and a nice work out. The trail narrows near the fork between the two trails but was easy to navigate. I found the signage acceptable knowing to keep an eye out for trail markers. The trail was not terribly busy mid-Saturday morning but the parking lot was full. Highly recommend!

North loop. 6 1/2 miles

What a wonderful place to hike! Water, bluffs, forest, glades-what more could you ask for?? Plus you can connect to other trails!

Nice short east trail. Only concern are the hunters along the trail shooting squirrels. So recommend wearing brightly colored clothes.

This is great trail to get lost on and people are scarce. If you don't like the challenge of getting lost bring a GPS. The elevation doesn't change by that much and the scenery is actually quite nice. During my hike it rained and made everything green up, however there were lots of spider webs. I believe this would be a great place to visit during Autumn or Winter, especially if you live on the north side of Springfield.

Great hike. Looking forward to returning.

hiking
3 days ago

A labyrinth of trails allows you to choose your distance. Early morning animals were active including deer and turkey. Both horses and mountain bikers use this trial. Only downside to hiking here.

great park to hike at, good scenery and probably the quietest parks i've ever been too. The biggest problem I had was not wearing any bug repellent and the park even has a sign at the trailhead saying to wear repellent. But I continued anyway and when I got home later that day the amount of larvae ticks or chiggers I had on me I would call an infestation!!! never had that my bugs on me at one time. Moral of the story is I'm investing in bug repellent...

This is a well kept secret so there are no crowds. Trails can be slippery when wet and sturdy shoes are recommended. I like doing this hike in the early spring when the snow melt fills the clear creek. Great place for a family picnic along the creek at the arch. If you have time the loop is scenic. Also a good place to bring your canine partner.

nice trail with great views and kids love it

There are several fallen trees you have to navigate around and the signage is not great. Otherwise, it’s a gorgeous and shaded hike with views of the river below.

Good moderate hike with well marked routes. You also can make it an 8.3 mi hike with a small extension of the trail.

it's sad that they had to reroute the trail but still a great local hiking trail. great overlooks of the river, some loose rocks but overall and easy trail.

Not allowing dogs ruins this trail

on Dogwood Trail

4 days ago

awesome trail.

Nice walk through the “woods”. Like taking dogs on new adventures!

hiking
4 days ago

Much better than walking the streets.

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