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.

senderismo
fangoso
2 days ago

We love Babler Park, today we took the Dogwood trail it was marked green good throughout but it does have various places you can go different paths. It was pretty muddy on spots today, we had the trail to ourselves, only had one person pass us.

senderismo
fangoso
2 days ago

Was a nice day for a hike but unfortunately we tried to take two different hikes at Babler and ran into lots of muddy spots, not the whole trail but some very muddy area, nice trails overall. We love Babler Park

senderismo
fangoso
3 days ago

insectos
3 days ago

This is a really special place. The trail probably has some of the best views in Missouri. Pictures don't really do the views of the hills and the waterfall justice. It would probably be my favorite trail if it wasn't so busy.

senderismo
fangoso
rocoso
3 days ago

Great hike! Family friendly and moderately difficult with rocks to navigate. Hiking boots recommended. Beautiful waterfall to view!

senderismo
fangoso
insectos
lleno de maleza
3 days ago

senderismo
fangoso
3 days ago

Beautiful hike. We did it with our 3 kids. If you’re hiking with kids on your back, be very careful. The mud can be really slippery. Our 3.5 year old loved it, but was a little too long. Recommend doing the just the left loop if you have a little one walking themselves. There were definitely people on the trail, but it wasn’t overly crowded on a Friday late morning.

senderismo
fangoso
lleno de maleza
rocoso
3 days ago

Intended to start at the Whispering Pines Trailhead and do the North (Short) Loop but my friend said to move over to the Pickle Creek Trailhead near an adjacent parking lot and access the North Loop from there; I am so glad we did! Following the creek was really pretty; terrain was rocky sometimes requiring climbing carefully around boulders. Doing this section of Pickle Creek adds about 0.7 miles to the North Loop mileage. Trails were a little muddy in places but not horrible; a lot of walk arounds. Trail is well marked but was a bit confusing at creek crossing because it felt like you were going back where you came from, but trust the blazes. Creek was a little high from recent rains and our shoes and socks got wet. There were several small waterfalls. The pine forest was a nice break after all the rocky terrain near the creek areas. It was a good workout. If you want a longer hike, follow signs for the South Loop, which will be about 14 miles total. FYI, There is a detour near the beginning of the Whispering Pines Trailhead (if you walk the trail clockwise) that adds about .7 miles to the hike. Since we started at Pickle Creek Trailhead and walked counterclockwise, we hit it near the end of the hike. If you want to cut your hike short, you can take the white connector shortcut (connector#3) which cuts the hike mileage in half. Total mileage, accessing the Whispering Pines North Loop via the Pickle Creek Trailhead, was about 7.6-7.8 miles once you added on the extra from the trail detour. You need to be in pretty good physical shape to do this trail.

senderismo
fangoso
lleno de maleza
rocoso
3 days ago

If you continue on a mile or so past the falls on the Ozark Trail to Devil's Tollgate, that area is overgrown somewhat, and expect two small water crossings. The falls loop is very rocky and slow going but well worth it! Definitely wearing boots instead of trail runners next time.

senderismo
fangoso
rocoso
4 days ago

Great hike. Plenty of inclines. Lots of wildlife

senderismo
4 days ago

Absolutely beautiful! My 4 kids 14, 11, & 8 all loved exploring this carved out Cave area! The water was peaceful, and we even saw a few bats and some icicles! It was easy to get to this area, we also hiked up to the other side to check it out. Paths are marked well!

mochilear
fangoso
lleno de maleza
rocoso
4 days ago

Did the full section from Highway A to Highway 21. Finding the trailhead at Highway A trailhead is a bit challenging. It is roughly 50 yards NORTH on the right side of Highway A from the parking lot. First 10-11 miles are really overgrown and trail markers are missing in some places. The wet spring made the trail wet throughout the hike. Agree with the “stair stepper” description, there are a couple of pretty steep climbs. Watch for ticks just pass where the trail crosses highway N, looks like there was a fire years ago and the grasses are taking over everything making for some ideal habitat for those critters. Crossing the Black River (near Johnson Shut-Ins) involved making a raft out of my sleeping pad to float my backpack while I swam across. I wasn’t up for getting my boots soaked and there didn’t seem to be a good place to try it barefoot. There is a bridge option but that added more miles that I cared for. Overall, pretty tough hike, the current wet conditions make it especially messy and some of the climbs are challenging. I’d do it again but probably in the fall or after a long dry spell.

senderismo
fangoso
lleno de maleza
4 days ago

senderismo
fangoso
4 days ago

senderismo
fangoso
4 days ago

senderismo
caído
fangoso
lleno de maleza
rocoso
4 days ago

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