Jefferson City, Missouri

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  • Westphalia, Missouri

    Hike to the Osage River overlook at Painted Rock Conservation Area

    1.8 mi
    From Westphalia, MO take Highway 63 north, then Highway 133 west 7 miles to the area. The coordinates for the road that will take you to the trailhead are: 38°24'38.8"N 92°05'56.1"W. The trail is a 1.8 mile loop, so you can start either direction.  The lands of Painted Rock Conservation Area show...
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  • Columbia, Missouri

    Hike Shooting Star Bluffs

    Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is located near Columbia, Missouri and has over 2,000 acres to explore. The Shooting Star Bluffs are roughly a 1/2 of a mile into the Gans Creek Wild Area Trail System. There's a fork in the trail, so stay to the left to see the bluffs. You will see an opening in t...
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  • Columbia, Missouri

    Explore the Devil's Ice Box

    3.5
    Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is located near Columbia, Missouri and has over 2,000 acres to explore. The park is known for its unique rock formations, including the rock bridge, sinkholes, and an underground stream at the Devil's Icebox cave.To reach the Devil's Icebox cave, start at the Devil...
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  • Kaiser, Missouri

    Woodland Trail Loop

    3.11 mi / 295 ft gain
    Starting at 850 feet of elevation, this 3.25 mile loop is a great beginner backpacking trip. The trail is fairly rough so a sturdy pair of hiking boots is a must. The trail splits a quarter mile in; you will need to go right. After another quarter mile you will enter the Patterson Hollow Wild Are...
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  • Brumley, Missouri

    Hike the Trail of Four Winds

    3.0
    12 mi
    The trail is the longest in the park. It's 12 miles long and has a north and south loop. The trail offers the most diversity in the park. The trail has seasonal creeks, ponds, rock outcrops, scenic over looks of the lake and a high possibility of running into wildlife. There are multiple options ...
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  • Kaiser, Missouri

    Lake Trail Loop

    1.28 mi / 128 ft gain
    Starting next to the Outpost Cabins in Lake of the Ozarks State Park, this is an easy 1.5 mile hike that is very scenic. The trail will lead you right up next to the lake. The lake is in view for most of the hike. Be sure to wear hiking boots because the trail is rough and it would be very easy t...
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  • Brumley, Missouri

    Hike Hidden Springs Trail

    4.0
    2.5 mi
    This two and a half mile trail shares a trail head with White Oak Trail. It also intersects with the Trail of Four Winds but is clearly marked. Hidden Springs Trail takes you along parts of a bluff and offers some amazing views of the lake during the right time of the year. Wildlife is very abund...
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  • Brumley, Missouri

    White Oak Trail

    1 mi
    This trail is located across the road from the horse riding stables. It is an easy one mile hike but can be longer if you connect to Fawn's Ridge Trail. It is an easy hike and is very family friendly. It is a great way to experience nature with your family. This trail is located inside Lake of th...
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  • Brumley, Missouri

    Hike the Lakeview Bend Trail

    1.5 mi
    Starting near the camp store at Lake of the Ozarks State Park, this trail is an easy 1.5 mile hike.Less than a half mile in it will give you the option to go left or right. You will want to go right. Along the trail you will see some amazing bluffs and some great views of the lake. The trail is w...
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