Explore the beauty of Missouri on foot! Whether you're looking for a short and simple hike or a longer, more challenging trek, Hiking Missouri will lead you to the right trail.
Author Kevin Lohraff-former national park ranger, natural history biologist, and state park naturalist-has hiked every trail in Hiking Missouri. In fact, he hiked more than 250 Missouri trails before selecting the 102 best routes for the book. All of the trails can be hiked in a day, although some trails can be linked together for a multiday hike.
Filled with 148 easy-to-read park and trail maps, Hiking Missouri features hikes in every corner of the state, from Mark Twain's old stomping grounds in the north to the tourist mecca of the Ozarks in the south. For each of the 58 parks and nature areas in the book, you'll find the following:
- Selected trail descriptions-including the length and difficulty of each trail-plus detailed information on featured trails - Maps of the park and of each featured trail- Practical information on how to get to the park, park hours, available facilities, permits and rules, and a contact address and phone number- A brief description of the park's history and terrain- Details on nearby parks and recreational opportunities, including contact phone numbers
The book guides you through every turn in the trail, pointing out plants, wildlife, and special features you'll see along the way. The convenient trail finder summarizes essential information about each featured trail so you can select an ideal hike.
About the Author
Kevin M. Lohraff has worked in the natural resource management field since 1987. As a park naturalist at Meramec State Park, he led presentations, tours, and programs for groups of park visitors concerning local flora, fauna, caves, and natural habitats and communities. He also spent two years as a natural history biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation, learning about the state's native plants and becoming familiar with its natural areas. As a national park ranger in New Jersey, he independently pioneered an entomological study that helped lead to an endangered species-a beach tiger beetle-being reintroduced to the park.
Lohraff holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Southwest Missouri State University. A resident of Jefferson City, Missouri, he enjoys canoeing, fishing, and gravel bar camping on Ozark streams.
Table of Contents
Part I: NorthChapter 1. Cuivre River State Park Chapter 2. Graham Cave State ParkChapter 3. Rock Bridge Memorial State ParkChapter 4. Katy Trail State ParkChapter 5. Mark Twain State Park and Historic SiteChapter 6. Battle of Athens State Historic SiteChapter 7. Thousand Hills State ParkChapter 8. Pershing State ParkChapter 9. Crowder State ParkChapter 10. Wallace State ParkChapter 11. Weston Bend State ParkChapter 12. Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge
Part II: SoutheastChapter 13. Urban St. LouisChapter 14. Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State ParkChapter 15. Mastodon State Historic Site Chapter 16. Trail of Tears State ParkChapter 17. Big Oak Tree State ParkChapter 18. Mingo National Wildlife RefugeChapter 19. Lake Wappapello State ParkChapter 20. Sam A. Baker State ParkChapter 21. Rock Pile Mountain WildernessChapter 22. Silver Mines Recreation AreaChapter 23. Crane Lake Recreation AreaChapter 24. Taum Sauk Mountain State ParkChapter 25. Johnson's Shut-Ins State ParkChapter 26. Bell Mountain WildernessChapter 27. Elephant Rocks State ParkChapter 28. Hawn State ParkChapter 29. St. Francois State ParkChapter 30. Washington State ParkChapter 31. Meramec State ParkChapter 32. Onondaga Cave State ParkChapter 33. Big SpringChapter 34. Peck Ranch Conservation Area
Part III: South CentralChapter 35. Grand Gulf State ParkChapter 36. Greer SpringChapter 37. McCormack Recreation AreaChapter 38. Alley SpringChapter 39. Lane Spring Recreation AreaChapter 40. Mill CreekChapter 41. Stone Mill Spring Recreation AreaChapter 42. Slabtown River AccessChapter 43. Paddy Creek WildernessChapter 44. Lake of the Ozarks State ParkChapter 45. Arrow Rock State Historic SiteChapter 46. Van Meter State ParkChapter 47. Ha Ha Tonka State ParkChapter 48. Bennett Spring State ParkChapter 49. Hercules Glades Wilderness
Part IV: SouthwestChapter 50. Pomme de Terre State ParkChapter 51. Harry S Truman State ParkChapter 52. Knob Noster State ParkChapter 53. Urban Kansas CityChapter 54. Wilson's Creek National BattlefieldChapter 55. Piney Creek WildernessChapter 56. Roaring River State ParkChapter 57. George Washington Carver National MonumentChapter 58. Prairie State Park
What People are Saying About This
Hiking Missouri by Kevin Lohraff will help people enjoy and understand outdoor Missouri. Kevin has featured many of Missouri's most interesting trails with up-to-date, first hand information that will be helpful both in planning a hike and in doing one. Kevin's knowledge and skill as a naturalist show through in each trail description as he shares insight on the plants, animals, geology, conservation, and cultural history that make each trail special. He has chosen trails that highlight the diverse landscapes and natural features of Missouri. Many of the routes traverse designated Missouri Natural Areas. Because of its strong natural history and conservation content, this book does much more than recommend and describe routes for great hikes. It provides users with background that will help make each hike memorable and a learning experience. Hiking Missouri is a valuable contribution to outdoor recreational enjoyment in this diverse and fascinating state.
Richard Thom, Chief, Natural History Section of the Missouri Conservation Department Chairman, Missouri Natural Areas Committee
""Hiking Missouri will help people enjoy and understand outdoor Missouri. Kevin Lohraff has featured many of Missouri's most interesting trails with up-to-date, first hand information that will be helpful both in planning a hike and in doing one. His knowledge and skill as a naturalist show through in each trail description as he shares insight on the plants, animals, geology, conservation, and cultural history that make each trail special.""Richard ThomChief of the Natural History Section of the Missouri Conservation Department and Chairman of the Missouri Natural Areas Committee
""A very handy, and accurate, trail guide. I found some old favorites, and some soon-to-be favorites.""Tom UhlenbrockEnvironmental WriterSt. Louis Post-Dispatch"
A very handy, and accurate, trail guide. I found some old favorites, and some soon-to-be favorites.
Tom Uhlenbrock, Environmental Writer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I found this book really useful. If you are hiking in Missouri, you should have a copy. The author has visited almost all of the sites. He has useful hints about each area.
This book tells you EVERYTHING you could possibly imagine about ALL of the hiking trails in Missouri. Directions, degree of difficulty, history of the trail, distance, special points along each trail, and a lot more. If you hike Missouri, or if you simply enjoy exploring Missouri's outdoors then this is a book you've got to have. My wife gave this to me for Christmas, and it was the best gift I received. I've lived in Missouri most of my life (I will be 40 this year). With this book, I discovered great nature trails that are as close as one hour's drive from my home. Trails that I didn't even know existed. This book makes a great gift. Buy it!!!!!!!!