Interpretive Trail System
Length: 3.25 Miles View map
Trail Rating: Moderate
Features along the Interpretive Trail System include the Nathan Boone home, the Missouri frontiersman’s home from 1837 until his death in 1856; the Boone family cemetery, where Boone and his wife are buried, alongside some of their grandchildren and other relatives; the African-American cemetery, which contains the graves of slaves and former slaves from the farm. Hikers will see the ongoing prairie and glade restorations along the trail. The trail passes through areas where invasive plant species have been eradicated and native grasses and wildflowers (including the threatened Missouri bladderpod) once again thrive.
Shorter loops are available for a shorter hike. One-half mile of the trail is ADA accessible, leading past the Boone family cemetery to the Nathan Boone home. The surface on this portion of the trail is hard-packed gravel. The remaining portions of the trail are either surfaced with mulch or not artificially surfaced at all. The trail system has three bridge crossings in it.
You may experience:
- Road/highway crossing
- Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
- Bridges and/or structural crossings
- Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
- Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail
|Length||Estimated Hiking Time||Type||Blazes||Trailhead|
|3.25 Miles||2 hours, 30 minutes||Loop||Yellow||At the main parking area|