Located in the US, the hiking in Missouri offers over twenty awesome hiking and backpacking trails. The best Missouri hiking based on popularity are considered to be Taum Sauk, Berryman Trail, Kaintuck Hollow Trail, Whites Creek Trail, and Big Piney Trail. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Missouri hiking trail below.
Running through the Ozarks, the 33 mile Taum Sauk section of the 500 mile Ozark Trail is generally regarded as the trails most scenic and rugged stretch. The hike begins near Edgehill and undulates between ridges and sculpted side hollows, summits Bell, Goggins, and Taum Sauk Mountains and skirts 132-foot Mina Sauk Falls.
Southwest of St. Louis and west of Potosi, the Berryman National Recreation Trail is a wooded 24 mile hiking loop in the Ozarks. Many feel this is the best trail between the Rockies and Alleghenies. The route snakes through 100 feet maples, clinges to ridgelines and passes above deep hollows. It is shared with mountain bikers.
Near Newburg south of the Mill Creek Recreation Area, the Kaintuck Trail burrows into a nice refuge of the Mark Twain National Forest and is open to hiking. The 24 mile trail is also shared by mountain bikers and equestrians while passing a 175 cave (natural tunnel) with limestone wall and slimy boulders. The route passes through green tunnels of foliage, untrampled trail and overgrown logging roads. The rolling terrain is gentle and presents several stream crossings.
Southwest of St Louis and south of Waynesville, the Big Piney Trail is a 17 mile route covering a variety of Ozark terrain in Paddy Creek Wilderness. The 17-mile loop trail can be treked as a 10-mile stretch (north section) or the 7.5-mile south section. The trails are rugged and can be challenging for the inexperienced or unprepared.
Southeast of Springfield and west of West Plains, the Devils Backbone Wilderness Trail is an 11 mile hiking route. The section from the southern Collins Ridge trailhead to McGarr Ridge is part of the larger Ozark Trail.
Near Winona, the Blue Ridge Trail is a 10 mile hiking route. The Blue Ridge Trail covers a variety of Ozark terrain as it winds 18 miles through hollows and across hills. It joins the Ozark Trail at Spring Creek.
Near Winona, the Eleven Point River Trail is a 35 mile route served by two trailheads. This hiking trail is also popular with horseback riders. It is tough to cover the whole trail in one day, so be sure to allow plenty of time.
Near Winona, the Between The Rivers Trail is a 30 mile section of the longer Ozark Trail. Heading south from the trailhead, the first mile is easy hiking, mostly level with gentle slopes. Second mile is mostly uphill, and the next 4.5 miles is a variety of ridges and hollow bottoms. Most day hikers turn around at this point, but you can continue on for another 23.5 miles.
South of St Louis and northeast of Belleview in the St Francois Mountains, there is a 10.5 mile loop trail around the Buford Mountain Conservation Area. Hikers can expect to find solitude and outstanding views on this trek.
West of Farmington, the 8,200 acre St Joe State Park has 15 miles of wooded trails. Some of the hiking trails are quite rocky, while others are good earthen trails. Some portions of the trails follow along small streams. Red Trail is a 7.5-mile loop trail that originates and ends at Pimville Road. Most of the park trails are shared with both mountain bikers and equestrians, so use care.