Park Trails

at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site

Interpretive Trail System

  • Accessible
  • Hiking

Length: 3.25 Miles View map

Trail Rating: Moderate

Features along the Interpretive Trail System include the Nathan Boone home, the Missouri frontiersman’s home from 1837 until his death in 1856; the Boone family cemetery, where Boone and his wife are buried, alongside some of their grandchildren and other relatives; the African-American cemetery, which contains the graves of slaves and former slaves from the farm. Hikers will see the ongoing prairie and glade restorations along the trail. The trail passes through areas where invasive plant species have been eradicated and native grasses and wildflowers (including the threatened Missouri bladderpod) once again thrive. 

Shorter loops are available for a shorter hike. One-half mile of the trail is ADA accessible, leading past the Boone family cemetery to the Nathan Boone home. The surface on this portion of the trail is hard-packed gravel.  The remaining portions of the trail are either surfaced with mulch or not artificially surfaced at all. The trail system has three bridge crossings in it.

You may experience:

  • 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
3.25 Miles 2 hours, 30 minutes Loop Yellow At the main parking area