Park Trails

at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site

Battlefield Trail

  • Hiking

Length: .30 Mile View map

Trail Rating: Moderate

Battlefield Trail loops around the battlefield that was fortified by Union troops during the Battle of Lexington in 1861. Two interpretive signs explain the action that took place on the field. These signs are located at the beginning of the trail and just off the trail in the middle of the battlefield. The trail circles entrenchments built by Union soldiers to protect themselves from the enemy. The Southern soldiers rolled hemp bales up ravines from the Missouri River to overtake the Federals. These ravines, as well as the Missouri River, can be seen from the trail during months with little foliage on the trees.

Battlefield Trail can be reached by taking a left out of the visitor center parking lot to the semi-circular drive in front of the battlefield entrance.

You may experience:

  • Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
  • Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail       
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
.30 Mile 20 minutes Loop Red At the semi-circular drive in front of the battlefield entrance