Hiking

Take a hike! Our conservation areas have miles of hiking and multi-use trails. Go to your favorite area and explore.

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Hiking Events

Register by November 21

Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+).
Meet at the nature center and drive to Hart Creek Conservation Area, in Boone County. Some transportation is provided, but carpooling may be necessary. Bring lunch, water, insect repellent, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and dress for the weather. Trail Length: 4 miles. Terrain: Moderate with hills and/or rocks.

Register by December 15

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+).
Meet at the nature center, drive to Meramec State Park in Franklin County, and hike one or two of the best trails. Join us as we explore the trail originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Some transportation is provided, but carpooling may be necessary. Bring lunch, water, insect repellent, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and dress for the weather. Trail Length: 6-8.5 miles. Terrain: Moderate to difficult.

Register by December 14

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Enjoy a hike through the Mark Twain National Forest at Noblett Lake with Volunteer Naturalist Mike Mihalik. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is five miles and rated moderate to difficult.

Register by December 19

Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+).
Meet at the nature center, drive to Shaw Nature Reserve, in Franklin County, and hike one or two of the best trails. Some transportation is provided, but carpooling may be necessary. Bring lunch, water, insect repellent, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and dress for the weather. Trail Length: 5 miles. Terrain: Moderate with hills and/or rocks.

Register by February 15

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come with us as we hike along the bluffs and through the forest at Seventy-Six Conservation Area. We’ll get a wonderful view of the river on our 3-mile hike. Hike difficulty is rated as moderate with some steep slopes. Please pack a lunch, bring water, and dress for the weather. Youth ages 12 and older welcome with an adult.
Notes:
If riding with us, please select that option.
If driving on own, please select that option. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if raining. Hike and transportation from the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is free.

Register by February 15

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come with us as we hike along the bluffs and through the forest at Seventy-Six Conservation Area. We’ll get a wonderful view of the river on our 3-mile hike. Hike difficulty is rated as moderate with some steep slopes. Please pack a lunch, bring water, and dress for the weather. Youth ages 12 and older welcome with an adult.
Notes:
If riding with us, please select that option.
If driving on own, please select that option. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if raining. Hike and transportation from the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is free.

Register by March 1

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us as we visit explore the upper loop of the Whispering Pines Trail at Hawn State Park. Hike is ~6 miles and rated rugged, moderate to difficult. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome. Hike and transportation from the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center are free.
Notes:
If riding with us, please select that event.
If driving on own, please select that event. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Prepare for water crossings and wear appropriate shoes.
Bring water, a lunch, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

Register by March 1

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us as we visit explore the upper loop of the Whispering Pines Trail at Hawn State Park. Hike is ~6 miles and rated rugged, moderate to difficult. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome. Hike and transportation from the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center are free.
Notes:
If riding with us, please select that event.
If driving on own, please select that event. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Prepare for water crossings and wear appropriate shoes.
Bring water, a lunch, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.