Follow This Abandoned Railroad Trail For One Of The Most Unique Hikes In Missouri

Missouri is well known for having the longest rail-to-trail park in the nation. The Katy Trail is just over 237 miles long and follows the Missouri River almost across the entire state. However, there are more converted rails-to-trails in the state that many people don’t know about. We think this 35 mile trail is one of the best hikes in Missouri, and it should be your next hiking or biking adventure. Check it out!

Have you been on the Frisco Highline Trail? Have you hiked or biked the entire length of the trail?  Do you think it is one of the best hikes in Missouri? Tell us about it in the comments below.

Are you interested in taking a train ride down an old rail line? Just outside of the Kansas City metro is a historic train company that will give you an old-school thrill.

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Best Hikes In Missouri

March 24, 2022

What is one of the most scenic hikes in Missouri?

Hiking is the one activity just about everyone can do, and we have a ton of scenic trails in Missouri to explore. In fact, Missouri’s home to approximately 1,193 hiking trails, including a portion of the longest rail trail in the United States. The Katy Trail meanders 240 miles through Missouri, making it a bucket list-worthy trail. With 26 trailheads from Machens to Clinton, it’s easy to hop on and off and to complete the trail in sections. Or, if you’re up for it, you can complete it in one epic journey. The Missouri section of the Katy Trail is wheelchair-accessible and gives travelers a glimpse at some of the state’s most charming small towns, including St. Charles, Columbia, and Portland.

How do I find kid-friendly hikes in Missouri?

A hike just might be one of the best ways for a bit of family bonding time. After all, spending time in nature, breathing in the fresh air, away from technology for a bit? It’s a win-win for all. You’ve definitely come to the right place if you’re looking for kid-friendly hikes in Missouri. Missouri has a ton of them, and many are around a mile, give or take. Add a bit of art among nature to your day with a trek, for example, along the 1.4-mile Laumeier Sculpture Park Trail in St. Louis. The Old Kate Trail, which meanders through Parkville Nature Sanctuary near Kansas City, features a waterfall while the Engine House Ruins Trail at Elephant Rocks State Park offers a look at the rocks, a quarry, and the ruins. Make sure everyone’s wearing sturdy shoes when you follow the 1.3-mile Bethany Fall Trail in Blue Springs. If the kiddos like climbing, they’ll love the limestone outcroppings, perfect for climbing and exploration.