First Day Hikes

Jan. 1, 2016

Celebrate the beginning of 2016 by taking a guided hike in a Missouri state park. Start a new tradition with your friends and family as you get some healthy exercise and enjoy the great outdoors. First Day Hikes are promoted by America’s State Parks and you will be joining hikers from all 50 states. For more information, visit

You have many First Day Hikes to choose from in Missouri State Parks. Click on the link for more information about specific hikes.

Park/Historic Site Meeting Location Time
Arrow Rock State Historic Site, Arrow Rock Visitor Center 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, Lexington Visitor Center 10 a.m.
Big Sugar Creek State Park, Pineville Trailhead parking lot on Big Sugar Creek Road 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Crowder State Park, Trenton Four hikes in various locations 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Cuivre River State Park, Troy Lone Spring Trail trailhead 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Camdenton Turkey Pen Hollow Trail trailhead 9 a.m.
Hawn State Park, Ste. Genevieve White Oaks Trail trailhead parking lot 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Katy Trail State Park - Sedalia Sedalia MKT Depot 1 p.m.
Lake Wappapello State Park, Williamsville Shelter 1 at the end of Hwy. 172 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Meramec State Park, Sullivan Shelter #3 in the picnic area 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Montauk State Park, Salem Stone Picnic Shelter 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Onondaga Cave State Park, Leasburg Visitor Center parking lot 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Pershing State Park, Laclede Campground showerhouse 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Prairie State Park, Mindenmines Regal Tallgrass Prairie Nature Center 1 p.m.
Roaring River State Park, Cassville Devil's Kitchen Trail trailhead across the river from the CCC lodge 10 a.m.

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, Columbia

  1. High Ridge Trail
  2. Sinkhole Trail
  3. Wild Area to Saunder's Cabin

Devil's Icebox Parking Lot (all three)


12:30 p.m.  (all three)

Stockton State Park, Dadeville Umber Ridge Trail trailhead 1 p.m.
Thousand Hills State Park, Kirksville Forest Lake Trail trailhead in the parking lot of the dining lodge 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Wallace State Park, Cameron Campground showerhouse parking lot 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Watkins Mill State Park, Lawson East dam parking lot (near the campground) 10 a.m. - noon