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Eastern Missouri Hiking Trails
Ideal Hiking Destinations on Your Missouri Visit
Cities like St. Louis, Hannibal, and Eureka line the eastern Missouri landscape, each yielding a world of sterling hiking chances. From Robertsville State Park to the trails at Weldon Spring Conservation Area, you'll find just the right trail, each yielding stunning views of the eastern Missouri plains.
A visit to St. Louis opens a wealth of hiking opportunities. In and around St. Louis, discover some of these trails and have at it – the John J. Audubon Trail is found in the Mark Twain National Forest and is a 12-mile long experience. The Anpetu-We Trail is 10 miles long, twisting and winding through Mount Logan at Camp Lewallen.
West of downtown St. Louis and not far southwest of St. Charles, find the Daniel Boone Trail. A 20-mile, one way hike, Daniel Boone Trail is an ideal hiking and backpacking destination. The trail-head starts off in Defiance and winds its way west along the Missouri River into the town of Dutzow.
Make your way to Potosi where you'll find the popular and scenic Moses Austin Trail. Part of the Clark National Forest, Moses Austin Trail is 14 and a half miles long, and is considered to be a rugged terrain – keep those boots laced tightly!
At the Robertsville State Park in Robertsville, enjoy a wide range of scenic views when you traverse the Spice Bush Trail. While just less than a mile long, the Spice Bush Trail still yields a sterling hiking experience, taking you through the Meramec River's floodplain and up through elavated areas.
At 425 acres, the Weldon Spring Conservation Area is not far from St. Louis, and yields plenty of outdoor adventure. Be sure to trek the Clark Hiking Trail, Lewis Hiking Trail, and the Katy Trail.
In the southeast corner of Missouri, visit Sikeston and head for the Big Oak Tree State Park. Try hiking the 1 and a half mile long Bottomland Trail, guiding you, at times, along the Mississippi River. Slightly shorter but just as scenic and fun, The Boardwalk is another fine option when hiking in eastern Missouri – it's just under a mile long.
West of Sikeston you'll discover a wealth of top rated trails scattered around the Ozark Plateau. Discover the highest point in the Missouri when you hike the Ozark Trail which begins at Taum Sauk State Park and leads you all the way to the trails end at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park – you'll be looking at a roughly 15 mile hike, so pack accordingly.
Just east of Jackson, head for the Trail of Tears State Park, where you'll want to hike the Sheppard Point Trail. At four miles long, Sheppard Point Trail is a moderate hike, with pleasant and scenice views of the Mississippi River. The Peewah Trail allows you to explore the Creek Wild Area – it's 9 miles long, so slightly longer than Sheppard Point.
Your next visit into eastern Missouri will be met with smiling faces, scenic landscapes, and a generous amount of rugged hiking trails – find your favorite one!