Fall is the perfect season to get outdoors and enjoy the crisp weather. I especially enjoy it because there tend to be less of those pesky Oak Mites biting at me. Check out these beautiful, forested trails for some truly enjoyable hiking.
1. Whispering Pines Trail - Hawn State Park
This beautiful 4,953-acre state park features a 9.75 mile trail for hikers.
12096 Park Dr.
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
2. Lewis and Clark Trail - Weldon Springs
Have your pick between the Lewis or Clark trail. If you're short on time, the Clark Trail might be best since it's about 2 miles less.
6990 S Missouri 94
St Charles, MO 63304
3. Lone Spring Trail - Cuivre River State Park
These 5.2 miles will take you past a flowing spring, the Northwoods Wild Area and Big Sugar Creek.
678 State Route 147
Troy, MO 63379
4. Turkey Pen Hollow - Ha Ha Tonka State Park
Soak in the beauty of dolomite glades and woodland plant communities during this 6.5 mile hike.
1491 State Road D Camdenton, MO 65020
5. West Ridge Trail - Weston Bend State Park
This relatively easy 3.25 miles hike will give you an astonishing view of the Missouri River. During the fall, it's definitely something you don't want to miss.
16600 Missouri 45 Weston, MO 64098
6. Mina Sauk Falls - Taum Sauk Mountain State Park
For the best hiking experience, go a couple days after a rainfall. That way, the mud on the trail will have dried up, but the water in the falls will still be running.
Ironton, MO 63656
7. Fox Hollow Trail - Lakeside Nature Center
This little nature center tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Kansas City, is a perfect oasis for those looking for some peace and quiet on their hike.
4701 E Gregory Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64132
8. Katy Trail - Katy Trail State Park
The Katy Trail is about 237-miles long. Since you'll most likely not be able to cover that distance in a day, I recommend walking on the Rocheport to New Franklin route. Most of it is wooded and you'll notice towering limestone bluffs on one side and the Missouri River on the other.
700 1st St.
Rocheport, MO 65279
9. Devil's Icebox Trail - Rock Bridge Memorial State Park
For only being 3.75 miles long, this hike is packed with geological features. Along the way you'll come across a 63-foot high natural tunnel known as the rock bridge and the double sinkhole entrance to Devil’s Icebox and Connor’s Cave.
5901 South Highway 163
Columbia, MO 65203
10. Little Blue Trace - Independence
Little Blue Trace Trail is about 15 miles long. However, I recommend picking it up near Little Blue Parkway. As you go north, you'll come across a couple walk of bridges and hike below the iconic Little Blue Trace railroad tracks. There are many open areas of this trail, but near this section, it is mostly wooded for a couple miles. Park at the QuikTrip, and walk down the hill to the trail.
4005 S Little Blue Pkwy.
Independence, MO 64057