Park Trails

at Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site

Radiant Trail

  • Bicycling/Mountain Biking
  • Hiking

Length: 3.2 Miles View map

Trail Rating: Moderate

Radiant Trail’s name comes from a favorite poem of John Bothwell, whose lodge is the main feature of the historic site. Bothwell loved nature and believed in living a radiant and useful life for others. To this end, he bequeathed his home and grounds to the state of Missouri in hopes that future generations could also enjoy nature’s radiance at his beloved Stonyridge property. The trail was completed in 2006 by volunteers, including Boy Scouts and local biking enthusiasts. 

While hiking or bicycling on the trail’s natural surface of dirt and rocks, users may experience slippery surfaces, shifting rocks, mud and roots along the trail and occasional water over the trail. Halfway along the loop, there is a bench next to a quiet pond that makes a great resting place. The trail crosses the park road in two locations.

You may experience:

  • Occasional water over trail
  • Road/highway crossing
  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
  • Bridges and/or structural crossings
  • 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
3.2 Miles 2 hours, 30 minutes Loop Yellow By the day-use picnic area