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First Day Hike

1/1/2023 | Bryant Creek State Park | Ava, MO

Join Missouri State Parks staff on a 2-mile hike at Missouri’s newest state park. Located 30 minutes southeast of Ava, Missouri, Bryant Creek State Park is home to impressively large oaks and shortleaf pines spanning rugged, steeply dissected river hills that front the stream for which it’s named.

This out-and-back hike will take place on a section of the park’s Pike Hollow Trail. At the halfway point of the hike, participants will have an opportunity to see spectacular views of Bryant Creek and the surrounding bluffs from the a newly constructed scenic overlook. Pike Hollow Trail is a rugged, natural surface trail of easy to moderate difficulty.

Visitors should bring water and wear warm clothes and good hiking shoes. This event is free to the public.

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

Hike time: 10 a.m. - noon
Meeting location: Pike Hollow Trailhead

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

Bryant State Park is located at:

1204 Private Drive 3422, Ava, MO | 417-683-2520

Associated activities

  • Hiking