Missouri December 19, 2016
11 Picturesque Trails In Missouri That Are Perfect For Winter Hiking
Bundle up! It’s time to take in the fresh air on these beautiful trails this winter. Here are some of my favorites that stay open, no matter how cold it gets outside.
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1. Shaw Nature Reserve - Gray Summit
This beautiful nature reserve is an extension of the Missouri Botanical Gardens and is home to 14 miles of hiking trails.
307 Pinetum Loop Rd.
Gray Summit, MO 63039
2. Prairie State Park - Mindenmines
Hike with the buffalo while navigating through Prairie State Park. I recommend hiking Drover's Trail, where you can decide between the .25-mile small loop or the 2.75-mile large loop.
128 NW 150th Ln.
Mindenmines, MO 64769
3. Katy Trail - Rochport
This 264-mile rail trail runs from Machens to Clinton. Rocheport is one of the more popular trail heads and features a beautiful bridge tunnel, views of the Missouri River and towering limestone bluffs.
700 1st St.
Rocheport, MO 65279
4. Klondike Lake Park - Augusta
Explore 4 miles of natural and paved hiking trails as you wander through wooded trails, a small lake and a sand quarry.
4600 S. Missouri 94 Augusta, MO 63332
5. Taum Sauk Mountain - Ironton
See the tallest waterfall in Missouri when you hike the Mina Sauk Falls Trail. After a freeze, you might even see it frozen in place.
Ironton, MO 63656
6. Sam A. Baker State Park - Patterson
Wooded trails wind through this park that has both the St. Francis River and Big Creek running through.
Patterson, MO 63956
7. Onondaga Cave State Park - Leasburg
If it's too cold to hike outside, head inside Onondaga Caves to learn about its geologic wonders such as the King's Canopy, the Twins, and other unusual speleothems. The temperature stays about 57ºF year-round, so still be sure to bring a light coat inside.
7556 Hwy H
Leasburg, MO 65535
8. Crowder State Park - Trenton
There are over 17 miles of trails to hike at this beautiful state park in northern Missouri. Some of the trails will pass by its beautiful frozen lake.
Trenton, MO 64683
9. Columbia Bottom Conservation Area - St. Louis
This 4,318-acre area features a view of the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, more than 6.5 miles of river frontage, 800 acres of bottomland forest and a 110-acre island.
801 Strodtman Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63138
10. Castlewood State Park - Ballwin
To catch sweeping, panoramic views of the Meramec River, take the 1.5-mile River Scene Trail at Castlewood State Park.
1401 Kiefer Creek Rd.
Ballwin, MO 63021
11. Clifty Creek Natural Area - Dixon
Clifty Creek Natural Area was the first designated natural area in Missouri and features a beautiful natural bridge as well as dry glades and lush stream bottoms.
Where’s your favorite winter hike in Missouri? Let us know in the comments.
Address: 307 Pinetum Loop Rd. Gray Summit, MO 63039 Address: 128 NW 150th Ln. Mindenmines, MO 64769 Address: 700 1st St. Rocheport, MO 65279 Address: 1401 Kiefer Creek Rd. Ballwin, MO 63021 Address: 76 MO-128 Trenton, MO 64683 Address: 801 Strodtman Rd. St. Louis, MO 63138 Address: 7556 Hwy H Leasburg, MO 65535 Address: 4600 S. Missouri 94 Augusta, MO 63332