Park Trails

at Crowder State Park

Thompson River Trail

  • Bicycling/Mountain Biking
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding

Length: 8.6 Miles View map

North Loop: Much of this trail is on the open, low-lying floodplain to the Thompson River and crosses through a mature mesic bottomland forest including cottonwood, hackberry, silver maple and pin oak. The floodwaters of the Thompson River, easily visible form the trail, provide nourishment to the bottomland forest. A small section of the trail crosses a level ridgetop, which has been restored to native tallgrass prairie to reflect the historic vegetation that once dominated the highest elevations. The Thompson house and cemetery are accessible a short distance from this trail. This trail may be susceptible to periodic flooding. Exercise good judgement and use the trail only when conditions will not promote erosion and deterioration of the trail surface.

South Loop: The South Loop can be accessed via the 0.8-mile White Connector 4 from the North Loop or from Tall Oaks Trail by either the 0.8-mile Northwest Passage or the 0.8-mile Steep Creek connectors. 

The Majority of this trail traverses loess/glacial till woodlands dominated by white oak and hickory. In places, it provides a scenic view to the wooded valley below. A small section of the trail crosses an old agricultural field on the ridgetop.

Trail conditions are monitored and the trail is closed to all uses except hiking when surface conditions warrant. Trail status is available under advisories on the park’s web page, by calling 660-359-0900 or by checking the park’s Facebook page.

You may experience:

  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail          
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
North Loop
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
3.75 Miles 3 hours, 45 minutes Loop Red From the park entrance, travel west on Hwy. 146 for 1.30 miles and turn right (north) onto NW 52nd Ave. Travel 2.10 miles and turn right (east) onto Dove Lane. Dove Land ends at the equestrian trailhead.
South Loop
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
3.25 3 hours, 15 minutes Loop Green Accessed from White Connector trail off of the North Loop

River Forks Trail

  • Bicycling/Mountain Biking
  • Hiking

Length: 2 Miles View map

Hikers and bicyclists will travel the rugged, hilly terrain through a woodland of loess/glacial till soils dominated by white oak and shagbark hickory. In the spring, the ground is carpeted with wildflowers and ferns from valley floor to ridge-top. The Thompson River is briefly visible from the trail’s farthest point.

Trail conditions are monitored and the trail is closed to all uses except hiking when surface conditions warrant. Trail status is available under advisories on the park’s web page, by calling 660-359-0900 or by checking the park’s Facebook page.

You may experience:

  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail          
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
2 Miles 1 hour, 30 minutes Loop Blue Crowder Lake main parking area

Tall Oaks Trail

  • Bicycling/Mountain Biking
  • Hiking

Length: 3 Miles View map

The trail traverses a wide variety of the natural communities found throughout the park.  It follows the shoreline of Crowder Lake on the north and west, then leads through a mesic bottomland forest composed of sycamore, river birch, cottonwood and black walnut trees. Rising out of the bottoms, the trail traverses a mature woodland dominated by white oak and hickory trees and, at the summit of the ridge, an old field. The South Loop of the Thompson River Trail can be accessed from this trail via the Steep Creek Connector (0.8 mile) or the Northwest Passage Connector (0.8 mile). Additional trail mileage includes the 0.2-mile spur across Crowder Lake dam and the 0.4-mile spur from the campground.

This trail can also be accessed from the shelter 3 and campground amphitheater parking lots.

Trail conditions are monitored and the trail is closed to all uses except hiking when surface conditions warrant. Trail status is available under advisories on the park’s web page, by calling 660-359-0900 or by checking the park’s Facebook page.

You may experience:

  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail
  • Road/highway crossing
  • Bridges and/or structural crossings   
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
3 Miles 3 hours Loop Yellow Crowder Lake main parking area