First Day Hikes

1/1/2018 | Crowder State Park | Trenton, MO

Start the New Year out right with a guided First Day Hike! Following is detailed information regarding each hike. Hot cocoa will be served to all hike participants.

Hike #1 - Tall Oaks Trail
  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Meeting place: Shelter 3 parking lot
  • Degree of difficulty: Moderate
  • Length of hike: 3.2 miles or 0.5 mile (Visitors may choose to take a road back to the parking lot instead of traversing the entire trail.)
  • While hiking visitors will travel through a diversity of habitats and have opportunities to see wildlife including deer and turkey.
Hike #2 – South Loop of the Thompson River Trail
  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Meeting place: Shelter 3 parking lot
  • Degree of difficulty: Strenuous
  • Length of hike: 7 miles
  • This hike will allow visitors to travel a short section of the Tall Oaks Trail before hiking all of the South Loop of the Thompson River Trail.
Hike #3 - North Loop of the Thompson River Trail
  • Time: 1 p.m.
  • Meeting place: Equestrian parking lot (Travel west from the main park entrance on Hwy 146 1. 3 miles.  Turn right (north) on NW 52nd Avenue. Travel 2.1 miles and turn right (east) onto Dove Lane. Dove Lane ends at the equestrian parking lot after 0.4 mile.)
  • Degree of difficulty: Moderate
  • Length of hike: 3.8 miles or 2 miles (Visitors may choose to take a service road back to the parking lot instead of traversing the entire trail.)
  • While hiking visitors will travel through a diversity of habitats and have opportunities to see wildlife including deer and turkey. Visitors will also hike past the Thompson Family Cemetery, the Thompson House (owned by the Friends of the Thompson House) and along the banks of the Thompson River.
Information for all three hikes:
  • Restrictions: Pets must be leashed. Strollers will not be able to traverse the entirety of any of the trails.
  • Things to bring: Water, Snacks, Sturdy Footwear
  • Contact phone number: 660-359-6473

This hike is part of a national First Day Hikes initiative by America's State Parks. For more information and a list of other First Day Hikes in Missouri State Parks, click here.

76 NW Highway 128, Trenton, MO | (660) 359-6473

Associated activities

  • Hiking