First Day Hikes at Missouri State Parks Is a Fantastic Way to Start the Year with MoConservation and my724outdoors.com!

First Day Hikes at Missouri State Parks Is a Fantastic Way to Start the Year with MoConservation and my724outdoors.com!

Start 2023 out on the right foot, or left, by participating in a First Day Hike at a Missouri state park! The hikes offer everyone a unique tradition to welcome the new year in the outdoors, exercising and connecting with nature. Visit mostateparks.com/firstdayhikes for more info. #FirstDayHikes

Celebrate the beginning of 2023 by taking a guided hike in a Missouri state park on Jan. 1. 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. For more information, click here.

Click on the park names below to learn more about each hike. See our trails map for other self-guided hiking opportunities at a park near you.

First Day Hikes at Missouri State Parks Is a Fantastic Way to Start the Year with MoConservation and my724outdoors.com!

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Park/Historic SiteMeeting LocationTime
Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park, WildwoodAlta Shelter parking lot10 a.m. to noon
Bennett Spring State Park, LebanonSavanna Ridge/Natural Tunnel Trailhead parking lot11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Big Sugar Creek State Park, PinevilleOzark Chinquapin Trailhead9 a.m. to noon
Nathan and Olive Boone Homestead State Historic Site, Ash GrovePicnic shelter10 a.m. to noon
Bryant Creek State Park, AvaPike Hollow Trailhead10 a.m. to noon
Crowder State Park, TrentonShelter 3 parking lot2-4 p.m.
Cuivre River State Park – Camp SherwoodCamp Sherwood Recreation Hall1:30-2:30 p.m.
Cuivre River State Park – Frenchman’s Bluff TrailStone Shelter1-3 p.m.
Cuivre River State Park – Hamilton Hollow and Cuivre River trails and White Connector 2, TroyStone Shelter1-3 p.m.
Graham Cave State Park, DanvilleVisitor center9 a.m. to noon
Ha Ha Tonka State Park, CamdentonPost Office Shelter10 a.m. to noon
Hawn State Park, Ste. GenevieveWhite Oaks TrailheadNoon to 2 p.m.
Lake of the Ozarks State Park, KaiserHidden Springs Trailhead2-4 p.m.
Meramec State Park, SullivanIn front of visitor center11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Missouri Mines State Historic Site, Park HillsGatehouse9-11 a.m.
Montauk State Park, SalemNature center10 a.m. to noon
Onondaga Cave State Park, LeasburgShowerhouse 19-11 a.m.
Prairie State Park, MindenminesRegal Tallgrass Prairie Nature Center1-3 p.m.
Roaring River State Park, CassvilleEagle’s Nest Trailhead1-4 p.m.
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park – Deer Run Trail, ColumbiaFor details on meeting location, register for the hikeNoon to 3:30 p.m.
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park – Gans Creek Wild Area, ColumbiaFor details on meeting location, register for the hikeNoon to 3:30 p.m.
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park – Grassland Trail, ColumbiaFor details on meeting location, register for the hike2:30-4:30 p.m.
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park – Sinkhole and Devil’s Icebox trails, ColumbiaFor details on meeting location, register for the hike9:30-11:30 a.m.
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park – Sinkhole and Devil’s Icebox trails, ColumbiaFor details on meeting location, register for the hike12:30-2:30 p.m.
St. Francois State Park, Bonne TerreSwimming Deer Trailhead1-4 p.m.
St. Joe State Park, Park HillsShelter 61-3 p.m.
Table Rock State Park – Lakeshore Trail, BransonLakeshore Trailhead at State Park Marina1-3 p.m.
Table Rock State Park – Red Loop of White River Valley Trail SystemTrailhead 1 of White River Valley Trail System10 a.m. to noon
Thousand Hills State Park, KirksvilleRed Bud Trailhead10-11 a.m.
Wakonda State Park, La GrangeJasper Lake parking lot9-10:30 a.m.
Canceled: Wallace State Park, CameronShowerhouse parking lotCanceled
Washington State Park, De SotoThunderbird Lodge1-2 p.m.
Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site, LawsonEast dam parking lot10 a.m. to noon
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