Explore the most popular State Parks 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.

walking
1 day ago

Easy hike to start off a full day of exploring the park. The path is paved which is nice. It was definitely the most crowded area of the park. Interesting to learn the history of the castle from the placards.

Lot of trees down but very nice hike.

Beautiful weather, nice trail, easy to find, easy to follow, sparsely populated and a nice "surprise" at the end.

hiking
1 day ago

A Blackpoll Warbler was a surprise along this river edge trail.

Good trail but best to go really early at the weekends or mid week if you want to avoid the weekend crush. Went yesterday and it took ages to find a parking space. I guess it was the nicest day in months so everyone had the same idea. Still enjoyed the walk!

hiking
1 day ago

The nature center at the trailhead has several interesting exhibits.

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
1 day ago

My husband and I completed this 10 mile trail in a day. Absolutely beautiful! Only ran into one other couple. Lots of fallen trees to climb over and ones to duck in the trail, but it was worth it.

hiking
2 days ago

Well maintained. Narrow path. Crowded but dog friendly.

Pretty short by nice and cool on the other side of the island

There was a lot of trash, beer cans and broken glass of you follow the creek bed. Pretty big hills to walk up but quite.

hiking
2 days ago

I took my dog hiking on a Tuesday here and didn't see another person on the trail the entire 6.4 miles we were out. It's very peaceful (aside from a small section near the roads) and there is a nice mix between wooded and open areas. There are also a couple spots that offer nice views. I finished the 6.4 miles in 3.5 hours and I'm a bit out of shape so I'm confident anyone can complete this hike. There are some rocky areas but they weren't that bad. This park is very well kept and has clean facilities. The office staff were all very friendly as well.

A fave

One of the most beautiful trails I’ve been on in MO. great for kids, families, beginner hikers as well as more experienced ones.

I’ve walked these trails over and over again due to their proximity to home. Love the quiet time and taking pictures along the trail.

hiking
3 days ago

nice little trail. my kids and dog enjoyed it.

backpacking
3 days ago

Good trail, saw some deer on the way up. Nice workout.

Very peaceful. Couple of creeks. Only made it 2 miles. Dogs were done by then lol. We have little ones. A lot of horse tracks but saw none.

What we saw was nice but only had about 30 minutes. Found an old cemetery at the top of a hill. Pretty spring flowers, butterflies and the first bumblebee of the season.

nice place.

this hike is not 6.6 miles more like 4 miles.

Great trail, can see how in the spring or fall this trail would be very pretty.

backpacking
8 days ago

Hiked here on the hottest day of the year in July 2016. It felt really good in the wilderness. It was 10 miles total. Tons of ticks! I had 5 on me within the 24 hours...1 held on for 3 days. only 1 place for water but I was not brave enough to drink it and test out my purification tablets. camped at campsite 7 and all night there were tons of some kind of very large nuts/seeds dropping on our tent and I got no sleep. Beautiful trail. I consider myself a beginner to intermediate hiker but this was my first overnight backpacking trip and it was amazing!

hiking
8 days 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
9 days ago

Quick, educational hike on a well maintained trail.

backpacking
9 days ago

The trail was beautiful after a week of rain. Pickle Creek was roaring and every drainage had water in it. The trail itself was in great condition though. We started up Pickle Creek, crossed it in knee deep water to join the north loop and then camped overnight at site 3 on the south loop. We finished up the next morning on the prettiest section of the whole loop.

This trail starts with a very nice parking lot with clean, nice bathrooms. There is a very well done Memorial also close to parking lot. The bridge takes you right down to the river and it has wide paved trail. The views of the tankers passing by is really pretty cool. The trail is all paved or has cobblestones. There is a longer trail that continues through the park which I seen several deer at.
I really enjoyed it! I will definitely be back!

Great hike for anyone looking for a workout. One of my first real hiking experiences, challenged me to where I really felt as though I had achieved a milestone. Finished in an hour and 50 minutes, with very few breaks and not much sight seeing although there were plenty of places to enjoy the Mississippi River. Highly enjoyed this trail but wouldn’t recommend it to the beginner.

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