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.

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#1. Liberty, Kearney, Watkins Mill (Lawson), Excelsior Springs, and Richmond, 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, and none…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Kansas City"
Liberty, MO - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#2. Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge (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 of man-m…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Kansas City"
Mound City, MO - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#3. The Lake of the Ozarks, 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 and eas…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Kansas City"
Lakeland, MO - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#4. Jamesport, Missouri


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 during…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Kansas City"
Jamesport, MO - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#5. KATY Trail Corridor & Boonslick Country, Arrow Rock, Boonville, New Franklin, Fayette, Rocheport, Columbia, Jefferson City, California, and Sedalia, MO


This trip encompasses cities and hamlets along the KATY Trail and Boonslick Country. You can overnight in any one of a number of places or head home the same way you came. If time permits, travel sout…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Kansas City"
Columbia, MO - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#6. Smithville, Missouri


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. T…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Kansas City"
Smithville, MO - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#7. Carthage, Missouri


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 highlig…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Kansas City"
Carthage, MO - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#8. Blue Springs and Concordia, Missouri


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 that br…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Kansas City"
Blue Springs, MO - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#9. St. Joseph, Savannah, and Conception, Missouri


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 t…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Kansas City"
Saint Joseph, MO - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#10. Parkville and Weston, Missouri


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 and com…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Kansas City"
Parkville, MO - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#11. Lone Jack, Kingsville, Warrensburg, Sedalia, and Jefferson City


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 of th…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Kansas City"
Lone Jack, MO - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#12. Independence, Sibley, Lexington, and Waverly, 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 annually…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Kansas City"
Independence, MO - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#13. Lewis & Clark Trail: Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas


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 in thi…
From the guidebook "Traveling the Lewis and Clark Trail"
Saint Louis, MO - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by Falcon Guides

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


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 Johnson’…
From the guidebook "Hiking Ozarks"
Middlebrook, MO - Backpacking, Hiking - 26.4 miles
Published by Falcon Guides