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 May 23

Date: Friday, May 25, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Have you wanted to explore Rockwoods Reservation’s trails but don’t know where to start? Join a naturalist for a free guided hike on Trail Among the Trees (1.5 miles) on May 11th, on the Turkey Ridge Trail (2 miles) on May 18th, and on the Lime Kiln Loop Trail (3.2 miles) on May 25th. You can register for one, two, or all three hikes!
**Click on the blue "register" button for each hike if you would like to register for multiple hikes. On this page, the "register" button will register you for the Turkey Ridge Trail hike.

Register by May 25

Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Let’s spend a beautiful late spring morning hiking the 2.2 mile Rock Quarry Trail. There will be many native wildflowers and ferns along the way. You will learn some of the amazing history of Rockwoods as we pass scars of man’s presence in the past. Effort = Moderate

Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

"The Extra Mile: Exploring the Limits of Endurance" with Jennifer Pharr Davis. Davis was the fastest person ever to complete the Appalachian Trail. During her talk, she will recount her 46-day, 47-mile-per-day "fastest-known time" on the Appalachian Trail, describing the internal and external struggles involved in maximizing her miles and her potential. Her book, "The Pursuit of Endurance," will be available for purchase after the program. No registration required for the indoor portion of the program.
Hike the 2.1 mile Long Trail at the nature center with Jennifer Pharr Davis from 9:30-10:30 am. REGISTRATION REQUIRED--call 616-0554 to register. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring a water bottle for this moderate hike.

Register by June 1

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 8:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Online registration begins May 15. Ages 18-adult. Hike at Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area with Volunteer Naturalist Pat Stritzel. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring water and snacks and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is three miles and rated moderate in difficulty.

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Help celebrate National Trails Day and enjoy the wonders of nature at Twin Pines Conservation Education Center. Hike the trails at the center that roam through a variety of natural Ozark settings, scout for signs of animals that have passed through, do some birding and check out the wildflowers as you wander along. You never know what awaits you at trails end. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by June 8

Date: Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: MDC Northwest Regional Office

Think you need to drive miles away to find cool natural phenomenon? Think again! There's amazing natural events happening right here in town all year long. Let's explore them together on an evening nature hike at MARK YOUNGDAHL CONSERVATION AREA, south of Hillyard technical school on 36th Street in St. Joseph. All ages and skill levels are welcome.

Register by June 8

Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(Ages 10 and up)

Explore Engelmann Woods with a naturalist guide. We'll keep an eye out for flowers and wildlife as we hike through this majestic old growth forest. The trail is approximately 2 miles across uneven terrain with a creek crossing. Meet at Engelmann Woods parking lot.

Register by June 11

Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required. Ages 8+ years, children accompanied by an adult. Please call to register. A cool place on a warm day! We plan to hike the Coakley Hollow trail, a modest 1-mile trail, to enjoy the summer wildflowers, then visit Ozark Caverns. Please bring $10 for the guided tour of this interesting natural cave and its inhabitants. Also, bring water and snacks. Transportation will be provided. 573.526.5544

Register by June 19

Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required. Adults. Please call to register. Join our volunteer-led program designed to provide opportunities for people to hike Missouri trails and learn about our plants, animals, and natural communities. Meet at the nature center, drive to Van Meter State Park, in Saline County, and hike one or two of the best trails. Some transportation is provided, but carpooling may be necessary. Bring lunch, water, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and come dressed for the weather. Trail Length: 5 miles. Terrain: Moderate inclines and/or occasional rocks/roots. 573.526.5544

Register by June 29

Date: Friday, June 29, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

June 28 •Friday • 6:30-8:30 (Ages 18 and up) Enjoy an evening outside with your significant other, best friend, or family member. Warmer weather and longer days make for great hikes, join a Naturalist for a guided hike on the Lime Kiln Loop Trail (Moderate difficulty, 3.2 miles). Registration begins June 1.

Register by June 29

Date: Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required. Adults. Please call to register. Join our volunteer-led program designed to provide opportunities for people to hike Missouri trails and learn about our plants, animals, and natural communities. Meet at the nature center, drive to Spring Creek Conservation Area in Maries County, and hike one of two of the best trails. Some transportation is provided, but carpooling may be necessary. Bring lunch, water, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and come dressed for the weather. Trail Length: 5 miles. Terrain: Moderate inclines and/or occasional rocks/roots. 573.526.5544