There’s just something about the forest that’s so magical. Maybe it’s the quiet that allows us to hear the melody of the birds and the rustle of the trees in the breeze. Or perhaps it’s just the sheer beauty of the landscape that surrounds us. Trail Among The Trees, arguably one of the most enchanting hikes in Missouri, really is one of those trails that you just have to experience for yourself.

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What do you think are the most beautiful hikes in Missouri? Let us know in the comments! On the hunt for more picture-perfect trails? Here are 10 of the best hikes in Missouri.

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Where can I find scenic hikes in Missouri?

One of the best ways to spend time outdoors and to get to know the Missouri landscape is on one of its many scenic trails. If you’re a fan of waterfalls, you’ll definitely want to add the Mina Sauk Falls Trail (which leads to the tallest waterfalls in Missouri) and the Rocky Falls Shut-Ins Trail to your to do list. The Smithville Lake Trails are gorgeous all year around, although if you hike them in the summer, you can follow up by cooling off in the shimmering lake or by relaxing on the sandy beach.

What is there to do at Gateway Arch National Park in Missouri?

Everyone can likely agree that the highlight of Gateway Arch National Park in St. Louis is the Arch itself. A trip to the top is pretty much a requirement for any first-time visitors, as the most recognizable Missouri landmark boasts some of the most spectacular views of the city. Did you know that you can also explore the 91-acre park on a winding trail that spans just under two miles? The easy trail is predominately flat, making it doable for those with wheelchairs and strollers. However, there are some inclines that could make it tough to travel for both wheelchairs and strollers. Bring a picnic along, too as there are picnic tables and benches throughout the park.

What is the largest state park in Missouri?

Getting out and exploring is easy, especially with 92 state parks in Missouri. Spanning more than 17,500 acres, Lake of the Ozarks State Park earns props as the largest state park in Missouri. The park boasts a full menu of amenities – boating, fishing, and swimming in the lake by the sandy beach in the summertime. One of the highlights of the state park is, undoubtedly, Ozark Caverns. Guided tours are usually offered on select days. There’s so much to do at the popular state park that you probably won’t be able to fit it all in one day. Consider booking one of the charming cabins or adorable yurts for a leisurely getaway.

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