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Ironton, Missouri

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Ste. Genevieve, Missouri

    Hike the Whispering Pines Loop

    4.0
    9.2 mi / 1272 ft gain
    Large rock formations, picturesque creeks, and wildflowers are all found along this trail. The full day hike can be either split in half via a connector trail, or lengthened into a multi-day backpacking trip, as there are three camping sites off the trail.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Van Buren, Missouri

    Big Spring

    5.0
    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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