Best Hiking in Missouri

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

  • #1 Matson Hill Park

    6 Reviews

    Augusta, MO

    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 ...
    •  1–2 hours
    •  2.75 miles
    •  Guide

    Built by the Gateway Off-Road Cyclists, the Matson Hill Trail was opened in June of 2002. This well-designed and superbly ...

  • #2 Lost Valley Trail

    13 Reviews

    Weldon Spring, MO

    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 ...
    •  3–5 hours
    •  9.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Wandering through the quiet hideaway of Lost Valley, you’ll follow the scenic meanders of Little Femme Osage Creek, hike ...

  • #3 Cuivre River State Park

    12 Reviews

    Troy, MO

    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 ...
    •  4–5 hours
    •  38 miles
    •  Guide

    In Cuivre River State Park’s 6,394 acres of rugged, Ozark-like terrain, you can explore 38 miles of trail. Along the way ...

  • #4 Chubb Trail

    7 Reviews

    Eureka, MO

    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 ...
    •  3 hours
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    The Chubb Trail and its companion paths offer everything a good hike should have— from challenging climbs and descents, from ...

  • #5 St. Francois State Park

    7 Reviews

    Bonne Terre, MO

    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 ...
    •  3–7 hours
    •  17 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #6 Howell Island Conservation Area

    6 Reviews

    Weldon Spring, MO

    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.
    •  2–4 hours
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    Howell Island is an easy hike on an isolated 2,500-acre island in the Missouri River. Its varied habitats make it a wonderful ...

  • #7 Russell E. Emmenegger Nature Park

    4 Reviews

    Sunset Hills, MO

    Emmenegger’s short trail is a nice evening jaunt after a hard day on the job. You’ll explore a peaceful hollow and view overlooks of the Meramec River. Mostly shaded paths in the woods with several ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  1.75 miles
    •  Guide

    Emmenegger’s short trail is a nice evening jaunt after a hard day on the job. You’ll explore a peaceful hollow and view overlooks ...

  • #8 Rockwoods Reservation

    3 Reviews

    Eureka, MO

    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 ...
    •  1 hour
    •  9.5 miles
    •  Guide

    With scenic hikes from 300 yards to 4 miles on surfaces ranging from easy pavement to winding and steep singletrack through ...

  • #9 Onondaga Cave State Park

    5 Reviews

    Leasburg, MO

    During fine weather at Onondaga Cave State Park, you’ll wander through deep forests, tramp across scenic glades, and tiptoe along sheer bluffs over the Meramec River. When summer’s heat and humidity ...
    •  15–30 minutes
    •  6.5 miles
    •  Guide

    During fine weather at Onondaga Cave State Park, you’ll wander through deep forests, tramp across scenic glades, and tiptoe ...

  • #10 Lone Elk County Park

    4 Reviews

    Valley Park, MO

    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 ...
    •  1–2 hours
    •  3.25 miles
    •  Guide

    While exploring Lone Elk Park on the White Bison Trail, you’ll probably hike right past the park’s elk and deer herds; in ...

  • #11 Bell Mountain Wilderness Area

    3 Reviews

    Black, MO

    The top of Bell Mountain, one of Missouri’s highest peaks, is in Missouri’s third largest wilderness area. There are incredible vistas from an expansive glade on Bell’s summit. And in this rugged, ...
    •  4–7 hours
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    The top of Bell Mountain, one of Missouri’s highest peaks, is in Missouri’s third largest wilderness area. There are incredible ...

  • #12 Klondike Park

    2 Reviews

    Augusta, MO

    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; ...
    •  1–3 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    Klondike Park is a scenic jewel in St. Charles County’s rapidly expanding park system. Built on the grounds of an abandoned ...

  • #13 Meramec State Park: The Wilderness Trail

    2 Reviews

    Sullivan, MO

    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 ...
    •  3–6 hours
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    The Wilderness Trail, Meramec State Park’s longest hike, is beautiful and remote. You’ll enjoy splendid solitude as you wander ...

  • #14 Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

    3 Reviews

    Saint Louis, MO

    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.
    •  1–3 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    At Columbia Bottom, you can hike to the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, just downstream from the site ...

  • #15 Graham Cave State Park

    4 Reviews

    Danville, MO

    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’ ...
    •  1 hour
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    Graham Cave, a deep overhang beneath a massive rock dome, sheltered prehistoric Americans who once hunted along the Loutre ...

  • #16 Meramec Conservation Area

    2 Reviews

    Stanton, MO

    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 ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  18 miles
    •  Guide

    In these forested hills and hollows, trails of varying lengths wind along the Meramec River, climb to a panoramic overlook ...

  • #17 Powder Valley Nature Center

    1 Reviews

    Sunset Hills, MO

    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 ...
    •  2 hours
    •  2.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Short, easy trails; excellent interpretive displays; and an awesome nature center make Powder Valley the perfect place for ...

  • #18 Hawn State Park

    3 Reviews

    Coffman, MO

    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 ...
    •  5–7 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    Hiking the Whispering Pine Trail, you’ll enjoy panoramic vistas from windswept overlooks, admire impressive sandstone bluffs, ...

  • #19 Greensfelder County Park

    2 Reviews

    Eureka, MO

    The metro area is rapidly growing around this pretty green space, but it feels as wild as ever. Hiking is just one way to explore Greensfelder’s forested hills. All trails in the park are open ...
    •  1–2 hours
    •  16.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The metro area is rapidly growing around this pretty green space, but it feels as wild as ever. Hiking is just one way to ...

  • #20 Queeny Park

    2 Reviews

    Town and Country, MO

    Queeny Park, a green oasis in the heart of west St. Louis County’s burgeoning suburbs, offers wonderful hiking, trail-running, and crosscountryskiing opportunities on a laid-back trail system ...
    •  2–3 hours
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    Queeny Park, a green oasis in the heart of west St. Louis County’s burgeoning suburbs, offers wonderful hiking, trail-running, ...