Updated 16 June 2019: 31 down out of 58—although 3 are not open to the public yet and some currently are closed due to flooding—adding up to about 142 miles of hiking so far (and some biking).
I live all the way on the eastern side of the state. It will be tough. Here’s my AllTrails. Photos to come.
Babler State Park— Hiked 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).
- Sam A. Baker State Park — to backpack
- Bennett Spring State Park — to hike
- Big Lake State Park — to bike or swim
- Big Oak Tree State Park — to walk, trail run, or hike (tried to get there 16 March but flooding/closed roads foiled me)
- Big Sugar Creek State Park — to hike
- Bryant Creek State Park — new, still closed to the public
Castlewood State Park— Hiked 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. Crowder State Park— Hiked 2.2 miles on the River Fork Trail on 25 May. Cuivre River State Park— Hiked 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.
- Current River State Park — to hike, possibly thru-hike on the Ozark Trail
Don Robinson State Park— Hiked 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.
- Echo Bluff State Park — to hike
Elephant Rocks State Park— Walked 1.5 miles around the park on 11 May.
- Eleven Point State Park — to thru-hike on the Ozark Trail (Eleven Point section)
Finger Lakes State Park— Hiked 2.2 miles with Diane on the Kelley Branch Mountain Bike Trail on 10 June. Graham Cave State Park— Hiked 2.6 miles on the Indian Glade and Graham Cave Loop on 26 May.
- Grand Gulf State Park — to hike
- Ha Ha Tonka State Park — to hike
- Harry S Truman State Park — to hike
Hawn State Park— Backpacked 11.5 miles with Diane (her first time!) on the always beautiful and varied Whispering Pines Trail, ending with the Pickle Creek Trail, on 14-15 June.
- Jay Nixon State Park — Park is not open yet but is accessible via Ozark Trail spur.
Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park— Hiked 2.7 miles (in the rain) on the Shut-Ins Trail on 11 May.
- Jones-Confluence Point State Park — to hike (went 28 April but closed due to flooding)
- Katy Trail State Park — to bikepack the Katy Trail (hopefully! it’s been flooded out)
Knob Noster State Park— Hiked 1.1 miles on the Lake Buteo Trail on 25 May.
- Lake of the Ozarks State Park — to hike
Lake Wappapello State Park— Backpacked ~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!
- Lewis and Clark State Park — to hike (tried to get there 25 May but the park is closed until 31 Oct 2019 due to flooding)
Long Branch State Park— Hiking / trail running for 4.2 miles on the Bee Trace Trail (north loop only, due to thunderstorms!) on 24 May. Mark Twain State Park— Hiked 2.5 miles on the Dogwood Trail on 24 May 2019. Meramec State Park— Hiked 9.3 miles on the always wonderful Wilderness Trail—on 21 April at the peak of the spring bloom.
- Montauk State Park — to trail run, hike, or float
Morris State Park— Hiked 3 miles on the Beech Tree Trail. Onondaga Cave State Park— Hiked 1.4 miles on the Vilander Bluff Trail on 26 May.
- Ozark Mountain State Park — new, park is not open
Pershing State Park— Walked 1.6 miles on the Locust Creek Boardwalk Trail on 25 May.
- Pomme de Terre State Park — to trail run, hike, or swim
- Prairie State Park — to hike
- Roaring River State Park — to hike
Robertsville State Park— Hiked 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. Rock Bridge Memorial State Park— Hiked 7 miles with Diane on the Gans Creek Wild Area Trail on 10 June.
- Rock Island Trail State Park — to bikepack the Katy Trail
- Roger Pryor Pioneer Backcountry — to thru-hike on the Ozark Trail (Blair Creek Section)
Route 66 State Park— Rode the Kircher and Flat Creek trail into the park, for a total of just under 6 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 (9 March) 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. St. Francois State Park— Hiked 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.
- St. Joe State Park — to bike
- Stockton State Park — to hike
- Table Rock State Park — to hike, bike, or backpack
Taum Sauk Mountain State Park— Backpacked about 6 miles in and out on the Mina Sauk Falls Trail, camping on the Ozark Trail Taum Sauk section on 11 May 2019. Also walked the path to the highest point in Missouri (the plateau of Taum Sauk Mountain, in the Saint Francois Mountains, at 1,772 feet—lol) Thousand Hills State Park— Hiked 1.4 miles on the Red Bud Trail on 24 May. Trail of Tears State Park— Hiked 3 miles on the Lake Trail on 16 March. Van Meter State Park— Hiked 1.8 miles on the Earthworks Trail on 25 May. Wakonda State Park— Walked 2 miles on the Sand Prairie Trail on 24 May. Wallace State Park— Hiked 1.4 miles on the Old Quarry Trail on 25 May. Washington State Park— Hiked 3 miles on the Campground Trail on 24 Feb (we had done the full Rockywood Trail last year). Watkins Woolen Mill State Park— Hiked 1.9 miles on a portion of the Watkins Mill Equestrian Trail on 25 May. Weston Bend State Park— Hiked 1 mile on the Harpst Trail on 25 May.