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Global Statistics

27,991 Missourians have logged 5,908,318 miles

Trail Facts

  1. Missouri State Parks offers almost 1,000 miles of managed trails and 900 acres of motorized riding areas in 87 state parks and historic sites.
  2. Visitors can enjoy approximately 221 miles of horseback riding on equestrian trails at 16 state parks.
  3. Katy Trail State Park is the longest rails-to-trails project in the nation, totaling 240 miles and stretching from Machens to Clinton.
  4. Mudlick Trail at Sam A. Baker State Park is located in Mudlick Mountain Wild Area, one of the most significant, undisturbed natural landscapes in the state.
  5. Whispering Pines Trail at Hawn State Park is generally considered to be one of the best hiking and backpacking trails in the state and totals 9.75 miles.
  6. Almost 75 trails in Missouri State Parks are within designated wilderness and natural areas.
  7. Missouri State Parks’ trail system includes 315 designated trail heads, which provide parking and trail access to visitors.
  8. The most common trail marker, or blaze, color on Missouri State Park trails is yellow with more than 150 miles of trail in state parks and historic sites blazed in yellow.
  9. There are more than 50 miles of trails at Lake of the Ozarks State Parks, the largest state park in Missouri.
  10. Petroglyphs, ancient rock carvings, can be found among trails at Washington State Park and Thousand Hills State Park.
  11. Courage Trail at Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site includes exhibits that tell the history of the first time that African-American troops were engaged in Civil War combat.
  12. Elephant Rocks State Parks contains a Braille Trail, which incorporates wayside signs that explain the interesting rock formations in Braille.
  13. Six trails at Prairie State Park allow visitors to view the state’s largest remaining tallgrass prairie landscape.
  14. Totaling 14.5 miles, the Taum Sauk section of the Ozark Trail is the longest trail in Missouri State Parks.  The Ozark Trail in its entirety totals 350 miles.
  15. The White River Valley Trail is a 11.75-mile at Table Rock State Park for hikers and mountain bikers. The trail is result of a partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.