The Best Chillin in Missouri

Looking for the best chillin 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 chillin spots in and near Missouri

  • Columbia, Missouri

    Explore the Devil's Ice Box

    3.0
    Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is located near Columbia, Missouri and has over 2,000 acres to explore. The park is known for its unique rock formations, including the rock bridge, sinkholes, and an underground stream at the Devil's Icebox cave.To reach the Devil's Icebox cave, start at the Devil...
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  • Ironton, Missouri

    Bouldering at Elephant Rock State Park

    4.5
    2 mi / 0 ft gain
    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. You can hike through the area and even boulder on top of the rocks. Short trails are found between and around the 'elephants!'
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  • Winona, Missouri

    Explore Rocky Falls

    4.3
    0.4 mi / 60 ft gain
    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.
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  • Columbia, Missouri

    Hike Shooting Star Bluffs

    5.0
    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. There's a fork in the trail, so stay to the left to see the bluffs. You will see an opening in t...
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  • Joplin, Missouri

    Photograph Grand Falls

    5.0
    There really isn't much adventure in getting to the Grand Falls, because you could drive within 100 feet of it. Depending on when you go (season, day of the week, weather) will determine how easy it will be to park. But there is always some available every time i have gone.The best times to go se...
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  • Lesterville, Missouri

    Explore the Johnson Shut-Ins

    4.5
    0.6 mi / 25 ft gain
    The Shut-Ins Trailhead is located located next to the River Store in the Johnson Shut-Ins State Park day use area.   Simply follow the paved trail for 0.3 miles to the boardwalk and viewing deck.  Here you’ll find stairs accessing the Shut-Ins.   Take your time exploring the unique rock formation...
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  • Mound City, Missouri

    Explore Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge's Scenic Loop

    4.0
    10 mi
    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. It’s headquarters/visitors center are on the east side of Hwy 159. The visitors center is open weekdays 7:30-4:30 and on se...
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  • Ironton, Missouri

    Hike Mina Sauk Falls Trail

    3 mi / 400 ft gain
    The hike begins with a paved trail leading to a plaque marking the highest point in Missouri.  Although there is no view here it is still a fun spot to take a picture. Continue back on the main trail until you reach the junction marked by the backcountry camping registration box. Turn right at th...
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  • Stark City, Missouri

    Photograph Jolly Mill

    4.0
    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. The owner of the mill is very friendly and he said that they still grind some of his crops, and that they hold events to watch the process of how they do it. To see wh...
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  • Dora, Missouri

    Photograph the Hodgson Mill Waterfall

    3.0
    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.
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  • Boonville, Missouri

    Photograph the 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.  Located on the banks of the Missouri River in downtown Boonville, MO, the restored Katy Trail bridge provides a rare glimpse in...
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  • Ellington, Missouri

    Hike to Blue Spring

    1 mi / 29 ft gain
    If you were to place the Statue of Liberty in Blue Spring, the torch of the monument would still be 5 feet below the surface. As part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Blue Spring is a must see and pinnacle of the nature preserve. The 6th largest spring in Missouri with water discharge at a...
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  • Eminence, Missouri

    Explore Alley Spring and Mill within the Ozark National Scenic Riverways

    1.4 mi / 200 ft gain
    Alley Spring is the seventh largest spring in Missouri. It is known to extend at least 3000 feet into the hillside and has a known depth of 155 feet. Water surfacing here is known to begin its journey 15 miles away near the town of Summersville as rain enters sinkholes and then travels through ma...
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  • Van Buren, Missouri

    Explore Big Spring in the Ozark National Riverways

    1.8 mi / 413 ft gain
    With an average daily water discharge rate of 276 Million gallons of water and the largest spring in Missouri it is easy to see how Big Spring got its name. Located in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, this spring and over 20 other springs nearby feed the Current River in Southeast Missouri. T...
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  • St. Louis, Missouri

    Get Active at the City Museum

    If you're in St. Louis, make sure to add the City Museum to your to-do list.  This indoor-outdoor space features incredible slides, hidden stairways, and the craziest most random playgrounds. Here's what their website has to say – “Expect the unexpected. City Museum is a hundred-year-old wareh...
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  • Kansas City, Missouri

    Hike through Amity Woods Nature Park

    0.9 mi / 26 ft gain
    Easy, paved, approximately one mile trail with three mulched side trails. Great for kids and dogs. Near the end of the trail there's a small creek that's great for cooling down and playing. The side trails have wildflowers and birds. The last one features a wooden tent with a bench that's great f...
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