Missouri November 04, 2016
11 Easy Hikes To Add To Your Outdoor Bucket List In Missouri
Compared to the likes of Colorado, Missouri’s hiking scene isn’t too difficult. But that’s what makes our trails even more inviting. Here are some of our state’s easier trails and while they may be short on distance, they’re certainly not short on beauty.
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1. Trail Through Time Trail - 1.9 miles
While hiking on this trail, you'll actually be hiking the grounds of a national natural landmark. Pickle Springs Conservation Area is a geological wonderland that features over 250 vascular plant species.
Sainte Genevieve, MO 63670
2. Spring Branch Trail - 2 miles
This packed gravel trail follows a small stream flowing from the Bollefer Spring past remains of the Bollefer springhouse.
1050 Charles J Becker Dr.
Imperial, MO 63052
3. Long Trail - 1.6 miles
While visiting the Springfield Nature Center, take a hike on the Long Trail. You'll cross quite a few bridges to get through Galloway Creek and Lake Springfield.
4601 S. Nature Center Way
Springfield, MO 65804
4. Devil's Icebox Trail - 3.75 miles
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park would have to be my favorite state park near the Katy Trail. While hiking Devil's Icebox, you'll get to see the 63-foot high natural tunnel known as the rock bridge and the double sinkhole entrance to Devil’s Icebox and Connor’s Cave. This trail is predominately wood planked, so you don't have to worry about tripping over tree roots as much.
5901 South Highway 163
Columbia, MO 65203
5. Cave Spring Trail - 1 mile
William Klein Park serves as a little oasis for city dwellers in Kansas City. This is the largest and longest standing privately run park in Jackson County. Explore various old stone structures while hiking around this park.
8701 E Gregory Blvd. Raytown, MO 64133
6. Old Kate Trail - .9 miles
Some days, I wish every waterfall trail only required less than a mile of hiking. Luckily, Old Kate is that kind of trail. Short and sweet, but gorgeous nonetheless.
100-198 E. 12 St. Parkville, MO 64152
7. Drover's Trail - 3 miles
Take in the fresh air and aroma of preserved tallgrass prairies at Prairie State Park while hiking Drover's Trail. You'll also run into some new friends along the way. I'm talking herds of wild buffalo.
128 NW 150th Ln.
Mindenmines, MO 64769
8. Hickory Ridge Trail - 1.2 miles
This easy trail at Powder Nature Center is perfect for the whole family. It's paved, so feel free to bring the stroller or anyone who utilizes a wheelchair.
11715 Cragwold Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63122
9. Spring Trail - 1.5 miles
Along this trail you'll get to take in the beautiful crystal clear waters of the spring at Ha Ha Tonka State Park.
1491 State Road D
Camdenton, MO 65020
10. Maple Hollow Trail - .5 miles
This half mile paved trail features some of the most beautiful wildflowers you'll ever see in Cape Girardeau.
2400 County Park Dr.
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
11. Bethany Falls Trail - 1.3 miles
Bethany Falls Trail is located at the Burr Oaks Nature Center. This 1,071-acre property located in Blue Springs, is known for its beautiful forested hillsides and limestone boulders and outcrops.
1401 NW Park Rd.
Blue Springs, MO 64015
The weekend is upon us, so there’s no reason to not go explore the great outdoors. Where’s your favorite easy hiking trail in Missouri? Let us know!
Address: 5901 South Highway 163 Columbia, MO 65203 Address: 128 NW 150th Ln. Mindenmines, MO 64769 Address: 1491 State Road D Camdenton, MO 65020 Address: 4601 S. Nature Center Way Springfield, MO 65804 Address: 1401 NW Park Rd. Blue Springs, MO 64015 Address: 100-198 E. 12 St. Parkville, MO 64152 Address: 8701 E Gregory Blvd. Raytown, MO 64133 Address: 1050 Charles J Becker Dr. Imperial, MO 63052