Best Backpacking in Missouri

This list represents the most popular backpacking in Missouri. Use this list to plan your next Missouri backpacking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Liberty, Kearney, Watkins Mill (Lawson), Excelsior Springs, and Richmond, MO

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    Liberty, MO

    One of the most famous robberies attributed to the notorious James Gang was the daylight holdup of Clay County Savings in Liberty back in 1866. The robbers took $60,000 in gold and currency, ...
    •  One day to several days
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    One of the most famous robberies attributed to the notorious James Gang was the daylight holdup of Clay County Savings in ...

  • #2 Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge (Mound City), MO

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    Mound City, MO

    Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Established in 1935, it provides more than 7,000 acres ...
    •  One day to several days
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    Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife ...

  • #3 The Lake of the Ozarks, MO

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    Lakeland, MO

    Located 165 miles from Kansas City, the Lake of the Ozarks is one of the Midwest’s premier playgrounds. Because of the increased speed limit and the construction of new highways, it is a quick ...
    •  One day to several days
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    Located 165 miles from Kansas City, the Lake of the Ozarks is one of the Midwest’s premier playgrounds. Because of the increased ...

  • #4 Jamesport, Missouri

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    Jamesport, MO

    In Jamesport, the Amish community offers a glimpse of a bygone era. These people are part of the Old Order Amish, who are direct descendants of the Mennonite Anabaptists, a group that developed ...
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    In Jamesport, the Amish community offers a glimpse of a bygone era. These people are part of the Old Order Amish, who are ...

  • #5 Smithville, Missouri

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    Smithville, MO

    The small town of Smithville offers some shops and boutiques, but it is primarily known for being one of Kansas City’s favorite weekend vacation spots for boaters, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts. ...
    •  One day to several days
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    The small town of Smithville offers some shops and boutiques, but it is primarily known for being one of Kansas City’s favorite ...

  • #6 Carthage, Missouri

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    Carthage, MO

    Founded in 1842, Carthage was the site of the first major land battle of the Civil War after the U.S. Congress formally declared war against the South on July 5, 1861. Events of the battle are ...
    •  One day to several days
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    Founded in 1842, Carthage was the site of the first major land battle of the Civil War after the U.S. Congress formally declared ...

  • #7 Blue Springs and Concordia, Missouri

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    Blue Springs, MO

    The growth of the Kansas City suburb of Blue Springs has been phenomenal. The high standard of living, good schools, and other amenities are a draw, along with popular parks and wildlife areas ...
    •  One day to several days
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    The growth of the Kansas City suburb of Blue Springs has been phenomenal. The high standard of living, good schools, and ...

  • #8 Parkville and Weston, Missouri

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    Parkville, MO

    The land for the town of Parkville was purchased in 1840 by Colonel George S. Park, a veteran of Sam Houston’s cavalry who recognized the value of riverfront land for steamboat trade. As trade ...
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    The land for the town of Parkville was purchased in 1840 by Colonel George S. Park, a veteran of Sam Houston’s cavalry who ...

  • #9 Lone Jack, Kingsville, Warrensburg, Sedalia, and Jefferson City

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    Lone Jack, MO

    A historic Civil War battlefield, one of the largest botanical gardens between Kansas City and Denver, a first-class bed-and-breakfast, and a dog that made national history back in 1870 are part ...
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    A historic Civil War battlefield, one of the largest botanical gardens between Kansas City and Denver, a first-class bed-and-breakfast, ...

  • #10 Independence, Sibley, Lexington, and Waverly, MO

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    Independence, MO

    Founded in 1827, Independence became known as the Queen City of the Trails, heading three dominant routes west— the Santa Fe, California, and Oregon Trails. (The Santa-Cali-Gon Festival, held ...
    •  One day to several days
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    Founded in 1827, Independence became known as the Queen City of the Trails, heading three dominant routes west— the Santa ...

  • #11 St. Joseph, Savannah, and Conception, Missouri

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    Saint Joseph, MO

    St. Joseph has the look and feel of a town that played a key role in American history. You can pick up pieces of the past by strolling down streets lined with elegant mansions and restored buildings ...
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    St. Joseph has the look and feel of a town that played a key role in American history. You can pick up pieces of the past ...

  • #12 Lewis & Clark Trail: Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas

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    Saint Louis, MO

    This eTrail was written for travelers along the Lewis and Clark Trail. Inside you'll find a map and detailed directions to all the sites and attractions related to the Lewis & Clark expedition ...
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    This eTrail was written for travelers along the Lewis and Clark Trail. Inside you'll find a map and detailed directions ...

  • #13 Ozark Trail: Taum Sauk Mountain State Park to Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park

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    Middlebrook, MO

    The Ozark Trail is Missouri’s version of the Appalachian Trail. As of 2013, many sections of the trail are still under construction. The section of trail from Taum Sauk Mountain State Park to ...
    •  2-3 days
    •  26.4 miles
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    The Ozark Trail is Missouri’s version of the Appalachian Trail. As of 2013, many sections of the trail are still under construction. ...

  • #14 Katy Trail

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    McBaine, MO

    Katy Trail is a hiking and biking trail in McBaine, Missouri. It is 11.2 miles long and begins at 567 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 22.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 304 ...
    •  11.2 miles

    Katy Trail is a hiking and biking trail in McBaine, Missouri. It is 11.2 miles long and begins at 567 feet altitude. Traveling ...