Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

great trail. a little of everything from up hill down hill. very rocky in places

Very boring besides a couple waterways, you should really just bike it instead of hiking it. Lots of bugs. Better off going somewhere else.

Beautiful trail. Very maintained. Like 60 seconds from the city. Map at trailhead, however seemed to be a lack of trail markers while on the trail.

hiking
1 day ago

Nice little place to take the kids or go for a walk. I struggle with finding good places to hike in he Kansas City area so this will do in a pinch. My 2 year old had a great time. One part of the trail goes right up next to a busy street, separated by just a thin layer of trees, so it’s not the most “nature-y” or secluded/remote by any means but still nice. Did find quite a bit of trash which is very disappointing.

hiking
1 day ago

Plenty of steps and rugged in places. Nice view of spring and cliffs with several side trails including one set of stairs that leads to a cave, although exploring it requires a permit.

The actual trail is 1.5 miles. Using the map for this app adds another half mile of the Spring Trail before you reach the trailhead. Going counterclockwise at the loop, the trail passes through a tunnel of trees until it loops back at the point where there are some views of the lake. The trail then passes through a boulder field and is rugged for the remainder of the trail. We met a ham radio operator along this part of the trail with an antennae in a tree who was contacting people in different states using Morse code, which was cool.

hiking
1 day ago

Trail passes through the woods and a glade before descending to a paved path that leads to the spring. After the spring there is a set of 216 stairs that will give you a heck of a workout. The trail then loops back to where it started.

road biking
2 days ago

Calm and serene.

hiking
2 days ago

Wide gravel trail through the woods. Well maintained. A couple easy to moderate inclines but other than that pretty level.

on Devil's Kitchen Trail

hiking
2 days ago

We actually hiked portions of Devil’s Kitchen, Colosseum, Castle and Spring trails. The Ranger tied them all together in a loop (see photo) with one short distance reversal, totally around 4 mi and we did it in less than 2 hours with photos and a few breath-catching stops during/after the 300+ stairs. It was a great way to see the various features of the park, but overall, I think we liked the Devil’s Kitchen portion slightly better because it was denser and very little traffic. Very nice hiking, possibly 5 stars for our home state of MO but we reserve our 5 star ratings for awesome national parks. :)

walking
2 days ago

Wife and I just walked this on vacation. I wouldn’t call it a hike as much as a walk. Big hilly sections though. My suggestion when you get to the loop... go right. The pools in the picture were more the creek outside the trail though not in the trail.

Good trail for even inexperienced day hikers. It for sure takes 2 hours with a small group and 30m at the falls. No chance of getting lost if you look for the red blazes on the trees.

hiking
2 days ago

Wonderful trail that passes along the lake before crossing a wet weather creek and ascending into the woods. A couple of glades are on the south loop and the views of the lake are best here. The trail loops back across the creek and ascends through the woods before popping out onto a beautiful open rocky ridge (hence the trail’s name I’m guessing) that is a tenth of a mile in length and like something you would find at Ha Ha Tonka.

hiking
2 days ago

Not exactly a walk through nature. trail goes through a neighborhood, along the road and past some storage facilities. did appreciate benches tho. overall not bad but I don't think it's one we will do again.

Nice trail. Should be fairly easy for everyone

Made a detour off the trail, into the canyon. Worth every bit! Today was very hot, but still relativitly cool on the trail. Very nice little hike. I will be back.

nature trips
3 days ago

Loved the River Scene Trail and the rugged path at the beginning of the hike. Bathrooms at the park were pristine clean. Very enjoyable!

Well defined trail, wooded with a nice lookout spot. Fun run!

Good hike. I thought I would mention in this app to stay at least 100 ft from the elk. There were several on the trail. People have been gored by the elk, granted one group was trying to take a selfie with the elk so some are related to clueless hikers. Be extra careful during mating season which is mid-August through December when the elk are particularly aggressive.

Gorgeous trail! Hiked it in a little over two hours, but we took a couple detours down into the canyon. We also hiked it backwards, which I enjoyed more as it started difficult and then got easier. Park is well maintained and beautiful. I cannot wait to go back and hike both trails!

hiking
3 days ago

Lightly used trail that passes through woodland and savannah before looping back to one of the two trailheads for this trail.

hiking
3 days ago

A nice wide well blazed trail through deciduous forest before running next to the lake. There is a short side trail that gives a nice view of the lake even in the summer. The trail is heavily used by trail riders so watch your step. There is a small cemetery next to the trail. The trail is rocky in parts but nothing unusual for the Ozarks.

decent trail, not kept up very well but there was no other hikers. cool to see the old camp buildings and the history of the area back in the 30's

Enjoyed the Lewis & Clark trail. Beautiful views of the Missouri River.

Very nice walk through the Elk’s habitat. The trail is a nice gravel and dirt path, shaded, and well marked. We were able to observe many elk grazing and laying around along with many varieties of birds.
You are also able to see the bison but only from your car as they are in a different part of the park.

Nice little trail for after the nature center.

awesome trails. nothing to hard. great views from the top of the water fall. unfortunately no water this time.

mountain biking
5 days ago

I mountain biked this trail and did not find it extremely well maintained or blazed. It had logical switchbacks and a good gradient for rainfall but there were multiple downed trees, few fresh looking as there was growth over the trees. I was glad there was no one on the trail but not glad to have to clear all of the spider webs with my face.
I did not see this trail marked for mtb but I'm not sure why not... in the 11 miles I did there and back (not finishing the trail completely) I climbed 3500 feet and although I had to jump off a lot on the way in and there was quite a lot of loose gravel the way back was a blast.
The highway 19 crossing was not the most confusing part of the trail as I saw a switchback maybe 1/2 mile after the highway for a trail with yellow markers that shared the Current River Trail for a ways. Also, leaving from the Echo Bluff trailhead (which was pretty clear and well marked) about 1/2 mile after the wheeler bridge you have to turn right to stay on the trail marked on this App's map but I believe staying straight on the double track trail will take you on the trail found on the Current River State Park's website,which has the trail ending at a lollipop of CR 19-50 and the actual Current River. IDK which is which but I had a lot of fun either way.

a lot of down trees. a lot of ticks. other than that nice rugged trail.

hiking
6 days ago

Great place to hike and have kids and dogs swim in the crystal clear water.

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