First Day Hikes

Jan. 1, 2016

Celebrate the beginning of 2016 by taking a guided hike in a Missouri state park. 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 and you will be joining hikers from all 50 states. For more information, visit

You have many First Day Hikes to choose from in Missouri State Parks. Click on the link for more information about specific hikes. Click here to read the news release.

Park/Historic Site Meeting Location Time
Arrow Rock State Historic Site, Arrow Rock Visitor Center 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park, Wildwood Visitor Center 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, Lexington Visitor Center 10 a.m.
Big Sugar Creek State Park, Pineville Trailhead parking lot on Big Sugar Creek Road 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Crowder State Park, Trenton Four hikes in various locations 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Cuivre River State Park, Troy Lone Spring Trail trailhead 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Graham Cave State Park, Danville Visitor Center/Park Office Noon - 2 p.m.
Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Camdenton Turkey Pen Hollow Trail trailhead 9 a.m.
Hawn State Park, Ste. Genevieve White Oaks Trail trailhead parking lot 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Katy Trail State Park - Sedalia Sedalia MKT Depot 1 p.m.
Knob Noster State Park, Knob Noster
  1. Ring in the New Year Hike
  2. First Day Hike
Visitor Center
  1. Dec. 31 11:30 p.m.
  2. 1 p.m.
Lake Wappapello State Park, Williamsville Shelter 1 at the end of Hwy. 172 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Meramec State Park, Sullivan Visitor Center 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Montauk State Park, Salem Stone Picnic Shelter 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Onondaga Cave State Park, Leasburg Visitor Center parking lot 10 a.m. - Noon
Pershing State Park, Laclede Cancelled  
Prairie State Park, Mindenmines Regal Tallgrass Prairie Nature Center 1 p.m.
Roaring River State Park, Cassville Devil's Kitchen Trail trailhead across the river from the CCC lodge 10 a.m.
Robertsville State Park, Robertsville Cancelled 9 a.m. - Noon

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, Columbia

  1. High Ridge Trail
  2. Sinkhole Trail
  3. Wild Area to Saunder's Cabin

Devil's Icebox Parking Lot (all three)


12:30 p.m.  (all three)

St. Joe State Park, Park Hills Harris Branch Trailhead 10 a.m. - Noon
Stockton State Park, Dadeville Umber Ridge Trail trailhead 1 p.m.
Table Rock State Park, Branson White River Valley Trail System trailhead 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Thousand Hills State Park, Kirksville Cancelled
Mark Twain State Park, Florida Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site museum 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Wallace State Park, Cameron Campground showerhouse parking lot 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Washington State Park, De Soto Interpretive center 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m .
Watkins Mill State Park, Lawson East dam parking lot (near the campground) 10 a.m. - noon