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The Best Backpacking in Missouri

Looking for the best backpacking in Missouri? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Missouri. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Missouri

  • Belleview, Missouri

    Backpack the Bell Mountain Loop

    4.0
    12.1 mi
    An offshoot from the Ozark Trail, the Bell Mountain Loop trail offers a 12 mile loop (when starting from the HWY A trail head) that works perfectly as a beginner backpacking trip. The Ozark Trail website offers excellent maps for all sections of the trail (for free!), click here.Day 1: Hike 7.5 m...
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  • Ballwin, Missouri

    Hike the Lone Wolf Trail

    4.5
    1.7 mi / 229 ft gain
    This hike or bike ride in Castlewood State Park is rated as moderate and starts out with pleasant views on the bluffs. Follow the orange blazes as the trail descends into Kiefer Creek Valley, where you will hike alongside Kiefer Creek. The trail was originally built so that bicyclists could acc...
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  • Leasburg, Missouri

    Hike and Float on The Ozark Trail Courtois Section

    4.0
    24.6 mi
    Starting from the Onondaga trail head of the Ozark Trail, this 12.6 mile backpacking trip and 12 mile float can be completed in two full days, or stretched into three days if you want to take a more casual pace. There is plentiful water, and several good camping spots along the trail, and of cour...
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  • Camdenton, Missouri

    Backpack the Turkey Pen Hollow Trail

    7 mi / 948 ft gain
    This 6.5 mile loop is a great hike that takes you into the Haha Tonka Oak Woodland Natural Area. It shares a trailhead with the Acorn Trail but is clearly marked on which way you should go. This hike isn't super challenging but make sure that you are in good physical condition and that you have s...
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  • Kaiser, Missouri

    Woodland Trail Loop

    3.11 mi / 295 ft gain
    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. The trail splits a quarter mile in; you will need to go right. After another quarter mile you will enter the Patterson Hollow Wild Are...
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  • Ironton, Missouri

    Ozark Trail: Taum Sauk Section

    12.75 mi / 1329 ft gain
    Ozark Trail: Taum Sauk Section is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Arcadia, Missouri.
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  • Highlandville, Missouri

    Busiek Purple, Orange, White Loop

    8.59 mi / 1112 ft gain
    Busiek Purple, Orange, White Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Chestnutridge, Missouri.
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  • Ellington, Missouri

    Powder Mills to Rocky Falls

    10.17 mi / 1250 ft gain
    Powder Mills to Rocky Falls is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Winona, Missouri.
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  • Plato, Missouri

    Big Piney Trail

    16.56 mi / 1909 ft gain
    Big Piney Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Roby, Missouri.
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  • Belleview, Missouri

    Bell Mountain Loop Trail

    11.82 mi / 1644 ft gain
    Bell Mountain Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Belleview, Missouri.
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  • Belleview, Missouri

    The Ozark Trail: Taum Sauk Section

    34.65 mi / 5253 ft gain
    The Ozark Trail: Taum Sauk Section is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near Belleview, Missouri.
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  • Belleview, Missouri

    Bell Mountain Loop via Ozark Trail - Trace Creek Section

    16.57 mi / 2057 ft gain
    Bell Mountain Loop via Ozark Trail - Trace Creek Section is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Belleview, Missouri.
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  • Kirksville, Missouri

    Sugar Creek Blue Trail

    2.63 mi / 177 ft gain
    Sugar Creek Blue Trail is a loop trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Kirksville, Missouri.
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  • Potosi, Missouri

    Berryman and Ozark Trail

    7.21 mi / 666 ft gain
    Berryman and Ozark Trail is a loop trail where you may see local wildlife located near Davisville, Missouri.
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  • Troy, Missouri

    Cuivre River Trail Loop

    6.02 mi / 653 ft gain
    Cuivre River Trail Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Troy, Missouri.
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  • Bradleyville, Missouri

    Blair Ridge

    6.16 mi / 614 ft gain
    Blair Ridge is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Bradleyville, Missouri.
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