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First Day Hikes

Celebrate the beginning of 2022 by taking a guided hike in a Missouri state park on Jan. 1, 2022. 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. For more information, click here.

Registration will be required for all hikes. Click on the park names below to learn more about each hike. See our trails map for other self-guided hiking opportunities at a park near you.

The public is strongly encouraged to follow social-distancing guidelines and be proactive in protecting themselves and others amid ongoing public health concerns. Come prepared with hand sanitizer and bottled water, avoid large and congested crowds, and please stay home if sick.

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Park/Historic Site

Meeting Location


Arrow Rock State Historic Site, Arrow Rock - CANCELED Visitor center parking lot 8-11 a.m.
Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park, Wildwood - CANCELED Alta Shelter parking lot 10 a.m. to noon
Battle of Athens State Historic Site, Revere - CANCELED Snow Trillium Trailhead 9 a.m. to noon
Bennett Spring State Park, Lebanon - CANCELED Natural Tunnel/Savanna Ridge Trailhead parking lot 10-11:30 a.m.
Big Sugar Creek State Park, Pineville - CANCELED Ozark Chinquapin Trailhead 9 a.m. to noon
Nathan and Olive Boone Homestead State Historic Site, Ash Grove - CANCELED Picnic shelter 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site, Sedalia - CANCELED Kiosk near Stonyridge Trailhead 1-2 p.m.
Crowder State Park, Trenton - CANCELED Shelter 3 parking lot 10 a.m. to noon
Cuivre River State Park – Camp Sherwood, Troy - CANCELED Camp Sherwood Recreation Hall 1:30-3 p.m.
Cuivre River State Park – Frenchman's Bluff Trail, Troy - CANCELED Stone Shelter parking lot 1-3 p.m.
Cuivre River State Park – various trails, Troy - CANCELED Equestrian day-use parking lot 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Echo Bluff State Park, Eminence - CANCELED Painter Ridge Trailhead 9-11 a.m.
Graham Cave State Park, Danville - CANCELED Lower Day-Use Area Pavilion 10 a.m. to noon
Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Camdenton Post Office Shelter 10 a.m. to noon
Hawn State Park, Ste. Genevieve - CANCELED White Oaks Trailhead 1-3 p.m.
Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, Middle Brook - CANCELED Black River Center 9 a.m. to noon
Katy Trail State Park, McBaine - CANCELED McBaine Trailhead 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Katy Trail State Park and Rock Island Spur, Windsor - CANCELED Windsor Trailhead 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Knob Noster State Park, Knob Noster - CANCELED Buteo Trailhead 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lake of the Ozarks State Park, Kaiser Hidden Springs Trailhead 10 a.m. to noon
Lewis and Clark State Park, Rushville - CANCELED Lakefront parking lot 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Mastodon State Historic Site, Imperial - CANCELED Picnic area 10-11 a.m.
Meramec State Park, Sullivan - CANCELED In front of the visitor center 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Onondaga Cave State Park, Leasburg - CANCELED Showerhouse 1 8-10 a.m.
Prairie State Park, Mindenmines - CANCELED Regal Tallgrass Prairie Nature Center 1-3 p.m.
Roaring River State Park, Cassville - CANCELED Eagle's Nest Trailhead 1-4 p.m.
Robertsville State Park, Robertsville - CANCELED Spice Bush Trailhead 1-2 p.m.
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, Columbia (guided tour) - CANCELED Devil's Icebox/Rock Bridge parking lot 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, Columbia (self-guided hike) Devil's Icebox/Rock Bridge parking lot Anytime from sunrise to sunset
St. Francois State Park, Bonne Terre - CANCELED Swimming Deer Trailhead 1-4 p.m.
St. Joe State Park, Park Hills - CANCELED Monsanto Lake parking area 10 a.m. to noon
Stockton State Park, Dadeville - CANCELED Umber Ridge Trailhead 10-11:30 a.m.
Table Rock State Park, Branson - CANCELED White River Valley Trail System Trailhead 1 10 a.m. to noon
Taum Sauk Mountain State Park, Ironton - CANCELED Mina Sauk Falls Trailhead 9 a.m. to noon
Thousand Hills State Park, Kirksville - CANCELED Red Bud Trailhead 10-11 a.m.
Harry S Truman State Park, Warsaw Western Wallflower Trailhead 1-2 p.m.
Wallace State Park, Cameron - CANCELED Showerhouse parking lot 1-2 p.m.
Washington State Park, De Soto Thunderbird Lodge 1-2 p.m.
Weston Bend State Park, Weston - CANCELED Overlook parking lot 10-11:30 a.m.