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Canceled: First Day Hike

1/1/2022 | Knob Noster State Park | Knob Noster, MO

This event has been canceled.

Join thousands of people across the nation by taking part in an annual First Day Hike on New Year's Day at Knob Noster State Park.

This year's hike will take place at 11 a.m. on the popular Buteo Trail. Participants should meet near the Buteo Trailhead (38.74975, -93.58163), located by the kayak hut and Buteo picnic shelter, across the street from the campground. This guided hike is expected to take between one and one and a half hours and will cover a distance of 1 mile. Leashed four-legged friends are welcome.

Buteo Trail is a 1-mile loop trail that is rated as moderate. On this natural trail surface, participants may encounter dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rock, slippery surfaces, rocks, roots, physically challenging obstacles, stone steps, bridges and water crossing without bridges. The trail circles Lake Buteo and often offers a variety of wildlife viewing.

You can enjoy cold-weather hiking as long as you are prepared:

  • Wear a hat.
  • Dress in layers.
  • Cover your skin.
  • Bring a snack and keep your water warm.
  • Wear sunscreen.
  • Add heat with hand and toe warmers.

Registration for this event is required, and a sign-up link will be available here:

For more information about First Day Hikes, click here. If you have questions about this event, call the Knob Noster State Park office at 660-563-2463 or email This program may be canceled due to inclement weather. Check the Facebook event for updated information.

This event is free and open to all ages.

Hike Time: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: Buteo Trailhead

First Day Hikes are promoted by America’s State Parks. Click here to view more First Day Hikes at Missouri State Parks.

Knob Noster State Park is located at:

873 SE 10, Knob Noster, MO | 660-563-2463

Associated activities

  • Hiking