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Every Missouri State Park
Every Missouri State Park
Every Missouri State Park
Every Missouri State Park
Every Missouri State Park

Every Missouri State Park

In 2019 I’m going to try to hike, bike, swim, run, float, or backpack every accessible State Park in Missouri.

11 down out of 58 (although 3 are not open to the public yet).

I live all the way on the eastern side of the state. It will be tough. Here’s my AllTrails. Photos to come.

  1. Babler State ParkHiked 4.5 miles on the Dogwood & Woodbine Trails on 9 Feb. Babler is very much a developed park, meant for youth camp groups and such. There’s no suspension of disbelief that you’re out in the wild (aside from the crazy amount of armadillos).
  2. Sam A. Baker State Park — to backpack
  3. Bennett Spring State Park — to hike
  4. Big Lake State Park — to bike or swim
  5. Big Oak Tree State Park — to trail run or hike (tried to get there 16 March but flooding/closed roads foiled me)
  6. Big Sugar Creek State Park — to hike
  7. Bryant Creek State Park — new, still closed to the public
  8. Castlewood State ParkHiked 6 miles on Grotpeter & Lone Wolf Trails on 19 Jan. Castlewood is extremely popular and can be nearly overwhelmed on weekends with runners, hikers, bikers, and even organized races. The trails and views are wonderful, but the sheer amount of people can throw you off. It’s especially hard to hike with a dog and constantly yield to bikes. It was extremely cold when I went so the crowds stayed away, making for a perfect silent/chilly/snowy/muddy outing.
  9. Crowder State Park — to hike
  10. Cuivre River State ParkHiked 14 miles on the South Loop Trail on 2 Feb. You definitely feel like you’re in the backcountry here. Lots of trails, connectors, water crossings. Beautiful.
  11. Current River State Park — to hike, possibly thru-hike on the Ozark Trail
  12. Don Robinson State ParkHiked about 7 miles, counting the canyon exploration and the road walk to the trailhead since the park gate was closed, on 16 Feb. The Sandstone Canyon Trail (just 4 miles itself) is one of my favorites. Was especially nice to see it snow-covered. 10 foot icicles hung in the canyon.
  13. Echo Bluff State Park — to hike
  14. Elephant Rocks State Park — to hike
  15. Eleven Point State Park — to thru-hike on the Ozark Trail (Eleven Point section)
  16. Finger Lakes State Park — to bike
  17. Graham Cave State Park — to trail run or hike
  18. Grand Gulf State Park — to hike
  19. Ha Ha Tonka State Park — to hike
  20. Harry S Truman State Park — to hike
  21. Hawn State Park — to backpack
  22. Jay Nixon State Park — park is not open but is accessible via Ozark Trail spur
  23. Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park — to swim
  24. Jones-Confluence Point State Park — to hike
  25. Katy Trail State Park — to bikepack the Katy Trail
  26. Knob Noster State Park — to bike
  27. Lake of the Ozarks State Park — to hike
  28. Lake Wappapello State ParkBackpacked ~17 miles on the Lake Wappapello Trail 16-17 March. The first half is pretty much single track/bushwacking (reassurance markers can be hard to find) while the second half is a bit more dull (in comparison) doubletrack and very easily followed, when you go counter-clockwise. An old cemetery marks the approximate midpoint. Lake views are great. Saw wild boars!
  29. Lewis and Clark State Park — to hike
  30. Long Branch State Park — to hike
  31. Mark Twain State Park — to hike or trail run
  32. Meramec State Park — to hike or backpack
  33. Montauk State Park — to trail run, hike, or float
  34. Morris State ParkHiked 3 miles on the Beech Tree Trail.
  35. Onondaga Cave State Park — to thru-hike on the Ozark Trail (Courtois Section)
  36. Ozark Mountain State Park — new, park is not open
  37. Pershing State Park — to hike or backpack
  38. Pomme de Terre State Park — to trail run, hike, or swim
  39. Prairie State Park — to hike
  40. Roaring River State Park — to hike
  41. Robertsville State ParkHiked 1 mile on the Spicebush Trail on 16 Feb. I had already done the other trail in the park, the Lost Hill Trail (3 miles) so I figured I’d check out this short one. Probably best for kids and those looking for a shorter trek.
  42. Rock Bridge Memorial State Park — to hike or bike
  43. Rock Island Trail State Park — to bikepack the Katy Trail
  44. Roger Pryor Pioneer Backcountry — to thru-hike on the Ozark Trail (Blair Creek Section)
  45. Route 66 State Park — Rode the Kircher and Flat Creek trail into the park, for a total of just under six miles. Can’t even count how many times I’ve driven by this place and thought: meh. But it’s kinda interesting. I am somewhat ashamed to admit that its name long misled me, and I’d also forgotten some significant STL history… and no doubt the park’s name has misled many others. Anyway, the Route 66 connection is real (and I still need to check out the visitor center), but the reason the park exists is way more dirty and diabolical. Basically: dioxin. (Spoiler: It’s cleaned up now.) Today I took my bike there for the first time and my apocalypse radar went wild—because the place really is a ghost town, minus the ghosts. So I looked it up.
  46. St. Francois State ParkHiked 11 miles on Pike Run Trail 3 Feb. Pike Run is the longest trail here, and one you can camp on, but all are wonderful hikes. Nice river swimming when it’s warm out.
  47. St. Joe State Park — to bike
  48. Stockton State Park — to hike
  49. Table Rock State Park — to hike, bike, or backpack
  50. Taum Sauk Mountain State Park — to backpack
  51. Thousand Hills State Park — to hike or bike
  52. Trail of Tears State ParkHiked 3 miles on the Lake Trail on 16 March.
  53. Van Meter State Park — to trail run or hike
  54. Wakonda State Park — to trail run or bike
  55. Wallace State Park — to trail run or hike
  56. Washington State ParkHiked 3 miles on the Campground Trail on 24 Feb (we had done the full Rockywood Trail last year).
  57. Watkins Woolen Mill State Park — to trail run or bike
  58. Weston Bend State Park — to hike or bike

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