First Day Hikes In Missouri

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There are not too many ways to start the new year than with a hike. On New Year’s Day each year, America’s state parks in all fifty states offer free guided hikes. Knowledgeable park staff and volunteers are on hand all day long.

What a great way to burn those added holiday calories! A simple to intermediate hike to begin the year sets priorities straight. With so many people making resolutions to lose weight, a manageable hike can be the beginning of new exercise patterns.

History Of These Hikes

Last year nearly 55,000 people brought in the New Year hiking over 133,000 miles across this country. Although the hiking trails varied from park to park, the aim of creating a fun experience for the entire family was reached.

Benefits Of Hiking

Hiking has so many benefits. Hiking can be enjoyed by people of all ages. It fits any time schedule or fitness ability. Yet, getting out in fresh air, possible sunshine, moving the body, and seeing nature has more perks. Outdoor activities rejuvenate the body and mind promoting overall mental and physical health. It is also believed that being outdoors lifts our moods.

Missouri Guided Hikes

Missouri joined the country and has several guided hikes arranged. Located around the state the guides will meet the hikers at certain places at certain times. Here is a list for your planning:

Park/Historic Site

Meeting Location


Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park, Wildwood Alta Shelter 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Bennett Spring State Park, Lebanon Savanna Ridge Trailhead 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Big Sugar Creek State Park, Pineville, MO Ozark Chinquapin Trailhead 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Crowder State Park – North Thompson Trail, Trenton Equestrian Parking Lot 1 p.m.
Crowder State Park – Tall Oaks Trail, Trenton Shelter 3 Parking Lot 10 a.m.
Cuivre River State Park, Troy Stone Shelter Trailhead 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Echo Bluff and Current River state parks, Eminence/Salem Betty Lea Lodge, Echo Bluff State Park 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Graham Cave State Park, Danville Lower Picnic Area Interpretive Shelter 1 p.m.
Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Camdenton Castle Parking Lot 10 a.m. – Noon
Hawn State Park, Ste. Genevieve Whispering Pines Trailhead 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Katy Trail State Park, Rocheport Rocheport Trailhead 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Katy Trail State Park, Windsor – CANCELED Windsor Trailhead 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Knob Noster State Park, Knob Noster Buteo Trailhead 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Lake of the Ozarks State Park – Coakley Hollow Fen Trail, Linn Creek Ozark Caverns Visitor Center 11 a.m. – Noon
Lake of the Ozarks State Park – Hidden Springs Trail, Kaiser Across from the stables on Hwy. 134 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Lake Wappapello State Park, Williamsville Shelter #1 11 a.m.
Mastodon State Historic Site, Imperial Picnic Area off Seckman Road 9 a.m.
Meramec State Park, Sullivan Visitor Center Noon – 2:30 p.m.
Montauk State Park, Salem Stone CCC Shelter 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Onondaga Cave State Park, Leasburg Showerhouse Parking Lot in Campground 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Prairie State Park, Mindenmines Regal Tallgrass Prairie Nature Center 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Roaring River State Park, Cassville Devil’s Kitchen Trailhead 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Robertsville State Park, Robertsville Spice Bush Trailhead 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Don Robinson State Park, Cedar Hill Day-Use Area Restrooms 10 a.m. – Noon
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park – Deer Run Trail, Columbia Register for information 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park – Gans Creek Wild Area, Columbia Register for information 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park – Grassland Trail, Columbia Register for information 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park – Sinkhole and Devil’s Icebox Trails, Columbia Register for information 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
St. Francois State Park, Bonne Terre Swimming Deer Trailhead 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
St. Joe State Park, Park Hills Harris Branch Trailhead Parking Lot 10 a.m. – Noon
Stockton State Park, Dadeville Gordon Cemetery Parking Area 10 a.m. – Noon
Table Rock State Park, Branson White River Valley Trail, Trailhead 1 10 a.m. – Noon
Wallace State Park, Cameron Campground Showerhouse Parking Lot 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Washington State Park, De Soto 1000 Steps Trail Trailhead 1 p.m.
Watkins Mill State Park and Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site, Lawson East Dam Parking Lot 10 a.m. – Noon
Weston Bend State Park, Weston Weston Bluffs Trailhead in Beverly 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

For additional questions, go here: .  However, someone can hike anytime they want, even without a guide. Numerous trails are already set up for this purpose.

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