There are more than 1,000 miles of trails in Missouri and dozens of trails at our state parks. We’ve narrowed down the best ones, depending on your interest and ability. See you on the trails!

There are more than 1,000 miles of trails in Missouri and dozens of trails at our state parks. We’ve narrowed down the best ones, depending on your interest and ability. See you on the trails!

Shady Ridge Trail
Why we like it: It’s quick and easy. Located at Grand Glaize Beach at the Lake of the Ozarks State Park, it’s in the heart of Osage Beach. Pack a picnic for the beach and when you’re done, walk it off on this easy trail.
What you’ll see: Lots of Lake views. It winds around the Lake’s shoreline.
What to know: It will take you about 45 minutes to complete this one-mile trail.
Where to find it: The trail can be accessed at Pa He Tsi or by the marina at Grand Glaize Beach.

Trail of Four Winds
Why we like it: It’s challenging. It’s open to hikers, bikers and for horseback riding.
What you’ll see: Rock outcroppings, bluffs and sharp drop-offs, water crossings and lots of wildlife.
What to know: At more than 13 miles it is the longest trail in the park, and probably not for beginners. There are two loops, so you can do a shortcut. One loop is estimated to take four hours, while the other will take about nine hours.
Where to find it: On Hwy. 134 (Lake of the Ozarks State Park entrance off of Hwy. 42), about a mile down.

Spring Trail
Why we like it: Most of it is paved and handicap accessible.
What you’ll see: This short trail starts with views of Lake of the Ozarks and continues to a spring that flows about 58 million gallons of water a day.
What to know: The trail ends at the bottom of 316 wooden steps that will take you up to more trails and the castle ruins if you choose. It also joins other trails in the area including Colosseum and Devil’s Kitchen where you will see impressive natural rock formations.
Where to find it: Off Tonka Spring Road, at Ha Ha Tonka State Park, outside of Camdenton.

Turkey Pen Hollow Trail
Why we like it: There’s plenty of seclusion along this 6.5 mile trail, which can be shortened by taking a loop.
What you’ll see: Dolomite glades known for the grassy, flowering vegetation; a large sinkhole, rocks that have shifted near the Red Arrow Fault Line.
What to know: Park officials ask for backpackers to register at the park office before starting a hike. This area is also occasionally managed by controlled burns so it’s best to check at the trailhead or park office for information.
Where to find it: Ha Ha Tonka’s Woodland Natural Area parking area.

For more information on these trails and others, go to www.mostateparks.com.