Park Trails

at Mark Twain State Park

Barefoot Sam Trail

  • Hiking

Length: .40 Mile View map

Barefoot Sam Trail provides visitors a chance to experience nature before or after visiting the Mark Twain Birthplace Museum located nearby.

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail        
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Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
.40 Mile 15 minutes Loop Yellow At Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site museum

Dogwood Trail

  • Hiking

Length: 2.25 Miles View map

Dogwood Trail gives hikers a glimpse of a mature oak-hickory woodland on the northern hillside of Mark Twain Lake and a contrasting view of the secondary woodland on the southern side. In spring, the dogwood displays are impressive. The campground road dissects the trail east to west, allowing hikers to complete just one of the two sections. White connector 1 allows access to Post Oak Trail from the southwest portion of Dogwood Trail. The trail shares a trailhead and a section with Whitetail Trail.

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail        
  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
  • Bluffs or drop-offs next to 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
2.25 Miles 1 hour, 40 minutes Loop Yellow At the Buzzard's Roost overlook area

Post Oak Trail

  • Hiking

Length: 1.75 Miles View map

Post Oak Trail follows the steep hillsides overlooking the South Fork of Mark Twain Lake then circles back around the outskirts of the campground. The campground road dissects the loop east to west and gives the opportunity to end the hike at the showerhouse or experience the trail in smaller segments. White connector 1 allows access to Dogwood Trail. The trail shares a section with White Oak Trail.

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail        
  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
  • Bluffs or drop-offs next to 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
1.75 Miles 1 hour, 15 minutes Loop Red At the campground restroom

White Oak Trail

  • Hiking

Length: 1.25 Miles View map

White Oak Trail follows the steep hillsides overlooking the lake and a good portion of the large peninsula jutting into Mark Twain Lake. It shares a section with Post Oak Trail.

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail      
  • Wood or stone steps 
  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
  • Bluffs or drop-offs next to 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
1.25 Miles 1 hour Loop Green At the campground boat ramp access parking area

Whitetail Trail

  • Hiking

Length: .50 Mile View map

The very popular Whitetail Trail borders the lake hillside and showcases scenic rock cliffs. These cliffs, carved by water, illustrate the power of the Salt River that once flowed freely before it was dammed in the early 1980s to create Mark Twain Lake. The trail shares a trailhead and a section with Dogwood Trail for those wanting a longer walk.   

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail        
  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
  • Bluffs or drop-offs next to 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
.50 Mile 25 minutes Loop Blue At the Buzzard's Roost Overlook area