Top Adventures in Lesterville

  • Explore the Johnson Shut-Ins

    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.   ...

    0.6 miles 25 ft gain

  • Backpack the Bell Mountain Loop

    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 t...

    12.1 miles

  • Hike Mina Sauk Falls Trail

    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 back...

    3 miles 400 ft gain

  • Bouldering at 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. You can hike through the area and even boulder on top of the rocks. Short trails are found between and ...

    2 miles 0 ft gain

  • Hike to Blue Spring

    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 la...

    1 miles 29 ft gain

  • Explore 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.

    0.4 miles 60 ft gain

  • Hike the Whispering Pines Loop

    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 t...

    9.2 miles 1272 ft gain

  • Hike and Float on The Ozark Trail Courtois Section

    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 sever...

    24.6 miles

  • Explore Big Spring in the Ozark National Riverways

    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 near...

    1.8 miles 413 ft gain

  • Explore Alley Spring and Mill within the Ozark National Scenic Riverways

    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...

    1.4 miles 200 ft gain

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      Sutton Bluff Recreation Area

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      Council Bluff Recreation Area

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    • Annapolis, Missouri

      Highway K

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    • Fredericktown, Missouri

      Silver Mines

      Overview Silver Mines Campground is located on the St. Francis River in the Mark Twain National Forest. It offers a variety of recreational opportunities and abundant historic and geological wonder...

    • Piedmont, Missouri

      Bluff View(Clearwater Lake)

      Overview Bluff View Campground on Clearwater Lake greets visitors with excellent camping, fishing, swimming, boating and picnicking opportunities. Local wildlife includes wetland waterfowl, fox, de...

    • Davisville, Missouri

      Red Bluff Campground

      Overview Red Bluff Campground is named for towering red bluffs along Huzzah Creek, carved by the elements over the past 10,000 years. The area used to be home to timber mills, but now provides a se...

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