Park Trails

at Long Branch State Park

Bee Trace Trail

  • Backpacking
  • Hiking

Length: 7.5 Miles View map

Bee Trace Trail gives hikers a chance to experience several different landscapes on one trail. The first landscape is native prairie landscape, which once covered a good portion of Missouri. The trail then travels through savanna landscape and into woodlands. The Bee Trace Peninsula contains the 384-acre Bee Trace Natural Area, offering impressive views of these different terrains plus some great views of the lake.  This trail contains some steep hills and water crossings without bridges.  The trail is mowed grass in most area with some spots of dirt tread.  An area along the trail is open for camping by backpackers; open fires are not allowed in the backpack camp.

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail        
  • Low hanging vegetation
  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
  • Water/stream crossings without bridges
  • Occasional water over trail
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
North Loop
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
4 Miles 4 hours Loop Blue At the special-use area off Axtell Road on the north side of the park
South Loop
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
3.5 Miles 3 hours, 30 minutes Loop Brown At the special-use area off Axtell Road on the north side of the park

Lakeview Trail

  • Bicycling/Mountain Biking
  • Hiking

Length: .60 Mile View map

Users of Lakeview Trail will experience a few hills, both sun and shade, and some great views of Long Branch Lake.  This trail is a relatively easy hiking/biking/jogging/walking trail. The highlight of the trail is its conclusion at a scenic point on the lake.  Benches are provided for guests to sit and take in the views while they rest.

You may experience:

  • 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
.60 Mile 20 minutes, one way Linear Blue At the parking area at the west end of the dam

Little Chariton Prairie Trail

  • Hiking

Length: 1.5 Miles View map

Little Chariton Prairie Trail travels through the Little Chariton restored prairie area and offers hikers a glimpse into the prairie landscape that once covered much of Missouri. Hikers will experience the native grasses and wildflowers that make up a prairie ecosystem. Deer and turkey are easily spotted throughout the year. The trail contains a number of small hills and valleys. There are two areas that cross the park road so hikers should be cautious of vehicular traffic.  Several spurs lead to other access points of the trail while white connectors 1 and 2 provide shortcuts to make the hike shorter.

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail        
  • Occasional water over trail
  • Road/highway crossing
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
1.5 Miles 1 hour, 30 minutes Loop Green At the parking area near the north picnic shelter