The Best Outdoor Activities in Missouri
Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.
Explore the Devil's Ice Box
Missouri / Rock Bridge Memorial State Park
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is located near Columbia, Missouri and has over 2,000 acres to explore.
Hike West Ridge Trail in Weston Bend State Park
Missouri / West Ridge Trailhead
A short day trip from Kansas City, Weston Bend State Park offers a nice getaway for those seeking the outdoors.
Hike the Colosseum Trail
Missouri / Colosseum Trailhead
This park is best known for its castle ruins, which are also worth a visit.
Hike Shooting Star Bluffs
Missouri / Shooting Star Bluffs
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is located near Columbia, Missouri and has over 2,000 acres to explore. The Shooting Star Bluffs are roughly a 1/2 of a mile into the Gans Creek Wild Area Trail System.
Bouldering at Elephant Rock State Park
Missouri / Elephant Rock State Park
The area is preserved for these amazing geological wonders. Huge boulders that stand end-to-end like a train of circus elephants fill the park.
Explore Rocky Falls
Missouri / Rocky Falls
Rocky Falls are located only a short hike away from the parking lot. The swimming hole is also popular, and the adventurous can climb up to the rock face to reach the top of the falls.
Hike the River Scene Trail
Missouri / River Scene Trailhead
This hike in Castlewood State Park gives you multiple vantage points on the Meramec River. Follow the red arrows as the trail heads out on the bluffs.
Hike the Whispering Pines Loop
Missouri / Whispering Pines Trailhead
Large rock formations, picturesque creeks, and wildflowers are all found along this trail.
Photograph Grand Falls
Missouri / Grand Falls, Shoal Creek
There really isn't much adventure in getting to the Grand Falls, because you could drive within 100 feet of it.
Hike the Rocky Top Trail
Missouri / Rocky Top Trailhead
Located in Lake of the Ozarks State Park, the Rocky Top Trail (yellow blazes) starts out with a climb to the top of a large glade.
Explore Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge's Scenic Loop
Missouri / Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge
Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge is located just outside of Mound City in northwest Missouri. The refuge is approximately 100 miles northwest of Kansas City off I-29.
Hike the Lewis and Clark Trails
Missouri / Lewis and Clark Trailhead
Located in the Weldon Spring Conservation Area, this hike links together the Lewis and Clark Trails. At first the two trails overlap one another. When the trails split, for a shorter, 5.
Hike the Lone Wolf Trail
Missouri / Lone Wolf Trailhead
This hike or bike ride in Castlewood State Park starts out with pleasant views on the bluffs.
Hike or Bike Chubb Trail
Missouri / Chubb Trailhead
Chubb Trail, marked by black blazes, links together Lone Elk County Park, Castlewood State Park, and West Tyson County Park. It is a loose gravel and rock trail.
Hike the Hawk Ridge Trail
Missouri / Hawk Ridge Trailhead
This well maintained trail is open to hiking, trail running, and biking. As it loops around the park, the trail passes through forest and meadows.
Photograph the Hodgson Mill Waterfall
Missouri / Hodgson Mill Waterfall
With easy access off of Missouri Hwy 181, the Hodgson Mill Waterfall makes for a great photo opportunity. The historic water mill neighboring the falls dates to the mid to late 19th century.
Hike the Lost Valley Trail
Missouri / Lost Valley Trailhead, Weldon Spring
This well-marked trail in the Weldon Spring Conservation Area is open to hikers and bikers. Bikers will find that the loop is easier in the clockwise direction.
Photograph Jolly Mill
Missouri / Jolly Mill
This park is really neat, its not very big but for the area there is lots to do. You can check out the mill that does still work.
Photograph the MKT Katy Trail Bridge
Missouri / MKT Katy Trail Bridge
Whether you are biking along the historic Katy Trail, or driving through Central Missouri on your cross country road trip, you won't want to miss the Katy Trail Bridge.
Backpack the Woodland Trail
Missouri / Woodland Trail
Starting at 850 feet of elevation, this 3.25 mile loop is a great beginner backpacking trip. The trail is fairly rough so a sturdy pair of hiking boots is a must.