Best Hiking in Missouri

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#1. Matson Hill Park


Built by the Gateway Off-Road Cyclists, the Matson Hill Trail was opened in June of 2002. This well-designed and superbly graded trail is open for hikers, too, and explores deep forests, shady hollows…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis"
Augusta, MO - Hiking - 2.75 miles    Best Trail in MO - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Chubb Trail


The Chubb Trail and its companion paths offer everything a good hike should have— from challenging climbs and descents, from windy ridges and cool, calm hollows to easy meanders next to the Meramec Ri…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis"
Eureka, MO - Hiking - 7 miles    Best Trail in MO - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. Columbia Bottom Conservation Area


At Columbia Bottom, you can hike to the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, just downstream from the site of Lewis and Clark’s 1803–04 winter camp.…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis"
Cora Island, MO - Hiking - 8 miles    Best Trail in MO - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#4. Lost Valley Trail


Wandering through the quiet hideaway of Lost Valley, you’ll follow the scenic meanders of Little Femme Osage Creek, hike past a crystalclear spring, and startle deer and turkeys from their haunts in t…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis"
Weldon Spring, MO - Hiking - 9.5 miles    Best Trail in MO - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#5. Cuivre River State Park


In Cuivre River State Park’s 6,394 acres of rugged, Ozark-like terrain, you can explore 38 miles of trail. Along the way you’ll see clear streams, springs, bluff overlooks, glades, and patches of tall…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis"
Troy, MO - Hiking - 38 miles    Best Trail in MO - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#6. Rockwoods Reservation


With scenic hikes from 300 yards to 4 miles on surfaces ranging from easy pavement to winding and steep singletrack through the woods, Rockwoods Reservation has a trail for hikers of all skill levels.…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis"
Eureka, MO - Hiking - 9.5 miles    Best Trail in MO - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#7. Castlewood State Park


While exploring Castlewood State Park’s trails, you’ll hike through lush, flower-decorated bottomlands, admire panoramic views from bluffs towering above the Meramec River, and wander past the ruins o…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis"
Twin Oaks, MO - Hiking - 11 miles    Best Trail in MO - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#8. Meramec Conservation Area


In these forested hills and hollows, trails of varying lengths wind along the Meramec River, climb to a panoramic overlook of a horseshoe bend, meander along intermittent streams, visit an abandoned f…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis"
Stanton, MO - Hiking - 18 miles    Best Trail in MO - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#9. Meramec State Park: The Wilderness Trail


The Wilderness Trail, Meramec State Park’s longest hike, is beautiful and remote. You’ll enjoy splendid solitude as you wander past caves, springs, bluffs, glades, and hundreds of rock outcroppings an…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis"
Sullivan, MO - Hiking - 10 miles    Best Trail in MO - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#10. Klondike Park


Klondike Park is a scenic jewel in St. Charles County’s rapidly expanding park system. Built on the grounds of an abandoned quarry, this rugged landscape features scenic Missouri River views; paved, p…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis"
Augusta, MO - Hiking - 5 miles    Best Trail in MO - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#11. Lone Elk County Park


While exploring Lone Elk Park on the White Bison Trail, you’ll probably hike right past the park’s elk and deer herds; in the neighboring World Bird Sanctuary, you’ll see eagles, owls, and myriad othe…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis"
Valley Park, MO - Hiking - 3.25 miles    Best Trail in MO - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#12. Ozark Trail: Courtois Section


On this little-traveled section of the Ozark Trail, you’ll edge along riverside bluffs, meander along breezy highlands, and visit The Narrows, a skinny ridge dividing the Huzzah and Courtois valleys.…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis"
Crawford County, MO - Hiking - 12 miles   
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#13. Howell Island Conservation Area


Howell Island is an easy hike on an isolated 2,500-acre island in the Missouri River. Its varied habitats make it a wonderful place for birding, wildlife watching, and wildflower walks.…
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Weldon Spring, MO - Hiking - 7 miles   
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#14. St. Francois State Park


Legend has it that Civil War outlaws took cover in the hills and hollows of St. Francois State Park, which is known as “Yesterday’s Hideout, Today’s Retreat.” Later, moonshiners concealed stills along…
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Bonne Terre, MO - Hiking - 17 miles   
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#15. Buford Mountain Conservation Area


Buford Mountain is a wild, unknown gem in southeast Missouri. It’s a wonderful hike along forested ridges and rocky glades scattered along the 3-mile summit ridge of Buford Mountain.…
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Belleview, MO - Hiking - 10 miles   
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#16. Hawn State Park


Hiking the Whispering Pine Trail, you’ll enjoy panoramic vistas from windswept overlooks, admire impressive sandstone bluffs, relax beside waterfalls and cascades on Pickle Creek, and be calmed by the…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis"
Coffman, MO - Hiking - 6 miles   
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#17. Graham Cave State Park


Graham Cave, a deep overhang beneath a massive rock dome, sheltered prehistoric Americans who once hunted along the Loutre River valley. Visit this haunting cavern, then explore the ancients’ old hunt…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis"
Montgomery County, MO - Hiking - 4 miles   
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#18. Broemmelsiek Park


At Broemmelsiek Park, one of St. Charles County’s new and beautifully developed recreational gems, you’ll wander through a pleasant blend of shady woods and hilltop prairies with expansive views.…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis"
New Melle, MO - Hiking - 4 miles   
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#19. Pickle Springs Natural Area: Trail Through Time


This trail has more smiles per mile than any other trail in Missouri. It’s loaded with incredible natural wonders. And with its short length and well-designed pathway, it’s a great hike for kids and a…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis"
Coffman, MO - Hiking - 2 miles   
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#20. Powder Valley Nature Center


Short, easy trails; excellent interpretive displays; and an awesome nature center make Powder Valley the perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages to explore and learn about the natural world.…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis"
Sunset Hills, MO - Hiking - 2.2 miles   
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