First Day Hikes

Celebrate the beginning of 2015 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 25 First Day Hikes to choose from in Missouri State Parks. Click on the link for more information about specific hikes.

Hike # Park/Historic Site Meeting Location Time
1 Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park, Wildwood Alta Shelter Parking Lot 2 p.m.
2 Sam A. Baker State Park, Patterson Visitor Center Parking Lot 11 a.m.
3 Battle of Athens State Historic Site, Revere Site Office 10 a.m.
4 Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, Lexington Visitor Center 1 p.m.
5 Bennett Spring State Park, Lebanon - Footprint Hike Nature Center 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
6 Bennett Spring State Park, Lebanon - Natural Tunnel Hike   10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
7 Crowder State Park, Trenton Shelter 3 parking lot 1 p.m.
8 Grand Gulf State Park, Thayer Parking lot 1 p.m.
9 Katy Trail State Park - Boonville Trailhead Boonville Trailhead 10 a.m.
10 Katy Trail State Park - Windsor Trailhead Windsor Trailhead 2 p.m.
11 Knob Noster State Park, Knob Noster - Hike 1 Visitor center 10 a.m.
12 Knob Noster State Park, Knob Noster - Hike 2 Visitor center 1 p.m.
13 Lake Wappapello State Park, Williamsville Asher Creek Campground 1 p.m.
14 Mastodon State Historic Site, Imperial Museum 11 a.m.
15 Montauk State Park, Salem Civilian Conservation Corps Stone Shelter 2 p.m.
16 Onondaga Cave State Park, Leasburg Visitor center parking lot 11 a.m.
17 Pershing State Park, Laclede Showerhouse in the campground 10 a.m.
18 Pomme de Terre State Park, Hermitage Indian Point Trail trailhead a the Pittsburg area campground entrance 10 a.m.
19 Prairie State Park, Mindenmines Regal Tallgrass Prairie Nature Center 1 p.m.
20 Roaring River State Park, Cassville - Hike 1 Eagle's Nest Trail trailhead at the end of campground 2 10 a.m.
21 Roaring River State Park, Cassville - Hike 2 Springhouse Trail trailhead in the parking lot of Emory Melton Inn and Conference Center 2 p.m.
22 Trail of Tears State Park, Jackson Visitor center 1 p.m.
23 Wallace State Park, Cameron Rocky Ford Trail trailhead next to the enclosed shelter 11 a.m.
24 Washington State Park, De Soto Parking lot at Thunderbird Lodge 1 p.m.
25 Watkins Mill State Park, Lawson East dam parking lot - near campground 10 a.m.