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2,599 mi 4,183 km of trail 40 Recommended Routes

Gems 10 Gems Easy Trails 365 Trails Intermediate Trails 549 Trails Hard Trails 30 Trails
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gem Favorite Mina Sauk Falls from the Ozark Trail

Mina Sauk Falls

(2) Ironton, MO
gem Favorite Laughing Springs Ha Ha Tonka Castle

Ha Ha Tonka Castle Ruins

(10) Camdenton, MO
gem Favorite Inside Cassville Natural Bridge, looking out onto the stream.

Cassville Natural Bridge

(1) Cassville, MO
gem Favorite You can look out at the Current River from within Cave Spring.

Cave Spring

(3) Salem, MO
gem Favorite Alley Mill with the flood gate to Alley Spring open.

Alley Mill

(4) Eminence, MO
gem Favorite Rocky Falls

Rocky Falls

(4) Winona, MO
gem Favorite A small cave located shortly past the natural arch!  This isn't a deep cave, but is a good spot for photos!

Clifty Creek Natural Arch

(2) Dixon, MO
gem Favorite Historic Hulston Mill

Hulston Grist Mill

(1) Greenfield, MO
gem Favorite Morning sunshine

The Burr Oak Tree

(3) Columbia, MO
gem Favorite This is the ruins of Welch Hospital.

Welch Hospital

(2) Salem, MO

Recommended Routes in Missouri - 40

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Favorite Trail through the pine forest.
Intermediate/Difficult

Whispering Pine - North and South

10.2 mi 16.4 km 1,011' Up 308.04 m Up 1,006' Down 306.64 m Down

Farmington, MO
Favorite Absolutely beautiful snow covered hike
Intermediate/Difficult

Lewis Trail

7.7 mi 12.5 km 751' Up 229.04 m Up 784' Down 239.1 m Down

Weldon…, MO
Favorite A piney glade on a sunny day!
Intermediate

Trail Through Time

2.0 mi 3.2 km 276' Up 84.15 m Up 287' Down 87.42 m Down

Farmington, MO
Favorite One of the largest creek crossings you encounter along the way!
Intermediate/Difficult

Frog Hollow Trail

3.6 mi 5.7 km 337' Up 102.74 m Up 337' Down 102.61 m Down

Jeffers…, MO
Favorite Trail of Four Winds 25K, May 4, 2019
Intermediate/Difficult

Trail of Four Winds 25K

16.5 mi 26.5 km 1,703' Up 519.11 m Up 1,691' Down 515.5 m Down

Osage B…, MO
Favorite Aster with autumn morning dew. Near the Powell Gardens Visitors Center.
Easy

Powell Gardens

2.9 mi 4.6 km 195' Up 59.41 m Up 195' Down 59.4 m Down

Lone Jack, MO
Favorite Little Paddy Creek crossing on the north-south connector of the Big Piney Trail.
Difficult

Big Piney Loop Hike Via Cutoff

10.7 mi 17.2 km 1,019' Up 310.48 m Up 1,017' Down 310.06 m Down

Fort Le…, MO
Favorite Runner on Thousand Hills Trail
Intermediate

Royal Oaks Sunrise Trail Race

6.4 mi 10.4 km 362' Up 110.3 m Up 363' Down 110.59 m Down

Kirksville, MO

Trails in Missouri - 904

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6.7 mi 10.8 km #1Chubb Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Eureka, MO
Intermediate/Difficult
Eureka, MO
2.8 mi 4.6 km #2Lime Kiln Loop Trail
Intermediate
Wildwood, MO
Intermediate
Wildwood, MO 16 
1.9 mi 3.0 km #3Salt Lick Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Valmeyer, IL
Intermediate/Difficult
Valmeyer, IL
8.4 mi 13.6 km #4DeClue Trail
Difficult
Eureka, MO
Difficult
Eureka, MO
0.6 mi 0.9 km #5Osage Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Jefferson City, MO
Intermediate/Difficult
Jefferson City, MO
0.5 mi 0.8 km #6Noren Access Riverwalk Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Jefferson City, MO
Easy/Intermediate
Jefferson City, MO
0.8 mi 1.3 km #7Raccoon Run
Easy/Intermediate
Jefferson City, MO
Easy/Intermediate
Jefferson City, MO
0.3 mi 0.6 km #8Bluestem Ridge Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Jefferson City, MO
Easy/Intermediate
Jefferson City, MO
2.1 mi 3.4 km #9Three Creeks Trail - Turkey Creek Segment
Intermediate
Ashland, MO
Intermediate
Ashland, MO
248.4 mi 399.8 km #10Katy Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Clinton, MO
Easy/Intermediate
Clinton, MO
4.2 mi 6.8 km #11Bootleggers Run
Intermediate
Maryland Heights, MO
Intermediate
Maryland Heights, MO 13 
1.8 mi 2.9 km #12Osage Bluff Scenic Trail
Intermediate
Wardsville, MO
Intermediate
Wardsville, MO
3.7 mi 6.0 km #13Grotpeter Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Valley Park, MO
Intermediate/Difficult
Valley Park, MO
3.5 mi 5.6 km #14Meramec River Greenway: Simpson Park to Arnold's Grove
Easy/Intermediate
Valley Park, MO
Easy/Intermediate
Valley Park, MO
5.4 mi 8.7 km #15Bear Creek Trail
Intermediate
Columbia, MO
Intermediate
Columbia, MO
0.3 mi 0.5 km #16Moss Rock Trace Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Jefferson City, MO
Easy/Intermediate
Jefferson City, MO
48.8 mi 78.6 km #17Ozark Trail - Courtois Section
Intermediate/Difficult
Bourbon, MO
Intermediate/Difficult
Bourbon, MO
14.7 mi 23.7 km #18Green Rock Trail
Difficult
Pacific, MO
Difficult
Pacific, MO
9.3 mi 15.0 km #19MKT Trail
Easy
Columbia, MO
Easy
Columbia, MO
1.1 mi 1.8 km #20Ward Branch Greenway
Easy
Battlefield, MO
Easy
Battlefield, MO

Photos of Missouri - 762

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In late summer, there are often wildflowers on the County Crossing Trail.
Dec 27, 2015 near Cottlev…, MO
Wildflowers abound in late summer.
Sep 4, 2017 near Bonne T…, MO
A hot summer morning doesn't stop this runner.
Feb 2, 2017 near Raytown, MO
A sunset offers a beautiful backdrop to the meandering waters of the James River.
Jan 9, 2017 near Battlef…, MO
Leading up the the best lookout point on the loop!
Mar 6, 2020 near Columbia, MO
A small cave located shortly past the natural arch!  This isn't a deep cave, but is a good spot for photos!
Feb 2, 2020 near Dixon, MO
One of the few creek crossings that are encountered along the trail!
Feb 2, 2020 near Dixon, MO
Clifty Creek from above! This is what the view is like for most of the loop.
Feb 2, 2020 near Dixon, MO