Hiking

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Take a hike! Our conservation areas have miles of hiking and multi-use trails. Go to your favorite area and explore.

Great Places For Hiking

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Knob Lick Towersite
Saint Francois
Knob Lick Towersite is an 80-acre towersite purchased from the U.S.
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A rocky, tree-lined shallow stream with clear water
Dallas
Lead Mine Conservation Area is located in northeastern Dallas County, 40 miles south of Lake of

Events

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Registration period: January 1 - January 19
Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2022 8:00 am - Wednesday, January 19, 2022 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Grab your hiking stick and join a guided hike of Deer Run Trail at Rock Bridge State Park (Boone County); 4.4 miles-moderate. Meet at the Runge Nature Center or the trailhead. Hike leaders will contact participants before the hike to give directions if needed. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and pack a lunch/snack. Registration required. Ages 18 and up.
Registration period: January 17 - January 22
Date: Saturday, January 22, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, January 22, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Join us for a morning of birding, hiking, and nature study at Big Spring (part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways) in Van Buren, MO. We will begin our adventure in the parking lot at the old lodge, and hike through the diverse areas along the Current River and nearby Big Spring. Bring your binoculars and be ready to see some local bird species..

Please meet/park at Big Spring Lodge parking lot in Van Buren by 9:00 a.m.
Registration period: December 13 - January 21
Date: Saturday, January 22, 2022 1:00 pm - Saturday, January 22, 2022 3:30 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Join us at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center to learn about how to identify trees in the wintertime. We will start in the classroom and learn some identification strategies, and then go on a hike to practice our new skills. Wear warm, weather appropriate clothing and layers in case you get warm while walking.

All participants must be registered.

The backup weather date will be January 9, 2022, at the same time.

Registration period: January 3 - January 25
Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2022 1:30 pm - Wednesday, January 26, 2022 3:30 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Join us for an in-person guided hike on Pine Trail at August A. Busch Conservation Area, where we will make multiple stops to nature journal the sights and wildlife, as well as our experiences. This hike will be less than a mile on a very flat terrain. Participants can bring lunch to eat during one of our nature journaling stops.

Please wear proper hiking shoes and dress for the weather. Participants should bring their own nature journaling materials such as: pencils, journals, blending tools, non-photo blue pencil, eraser, etc.

We will meet in the August A. Busch Nature Center parking lot and caravan to the trailhead from there.

NOTE: This program is hosted by Powder Valley naturalists, but the program will take place at August A. Busch Conservation Area.

Registration period: January 1 - January 29
Date: Saturday, January 29, 2022 8:00 am - Saturday, January 29, 2022 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Put on your hiking shoes and join us for a guided hike at Three Creeks Conservation Area (Boone County); 3 or 5 miles-moderate, depending on the weather. Meet at the Runge Nature Center or the trailhead. Hike leaders will contact participants before the hike to give directions if needed. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and pack a lunch/snack. Registration required. Ages 18 and up.
Registration period: December 6 - January 29
Date: Saturday, January 29, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, January 29, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Bundle up and join us for a hike through the Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area in Branson. We will be hiking on the Homesteaders’ Trail, a 3.8-mile loop rated moderate in difficulty. Dress for the weather and bring a water bottle. Snacks and water to refill your bottles will be provided. We will be meeting at the trail head, located on Sycamore Log Church Road. Ages 12-17.
Registration period: December 17 - February 4
Date: Friday, February 4, 2022 5:30 pm - Friday, February 4, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

This month’s “Nature Center at Night” will feature the nature center's Ridgetop Trail after dark. The trail will be lit by colorful luminaries offering a whole new perspective on the trail. After your stroll enjoy a warm fire, and some hot chocolate. This experience is really special and great family time. Groups are welcome.

The exhibit gallery and nature shop will be open until 7pm.

For those participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn a "wild" bead.

Registration period: January 5 - February 5
Date: Saturday, February 5, 2022 9:30 am - Saturday, February 5, 2022 3:30 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Got cabin fever? Cure it while hiking around the "castle in the sky" at Ha Ha Tonka State Park. Meet Volunteer Naturalist Mike Mihalik at the Ha Ha Tonka State Park Visitor Center parking lot. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is five to six miles and rated moderate to difficult. Ages 18-adult.
Registration period: January 10 - February 11
Date: Saturday, February 12, 2022 5:15 pm - Saturday, February 12, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Do you know that coyotes play an important role in the wildlife community? Where do they spend most of their time? Learn the answers to these and other questions about these shy and elusive creatures that are more often heard than seen. Examine a coyote pelt and feel the sharp edges of their teeth in a coyote skull. We will watch the setting sun and then walk about a mile on a flat surface under the nearly full Snow moon to listen for these small members of the wolf family in the fields and prairies.

Dress in layers with appropriate headwear and footgear. We will be outdoors for the entire program. Meet at the Cropland Overlook, lot “K”, about 4 1/2 miles from the front entrance.

MDC asks all participants to observe current local social distancing and masking guidelines. Bringing

and wearing face coverings is encouraged when appropriate.
Registration period: February 1 - February 16
Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2022 8:00 am - Wednesday, February 16, 2022 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Grab your hiking stick and join a guided hike of the Woodland Trail at Lake of the Ozarks State Park in Miller County; 3.2 miles-moderate. Meet at the Runge Nature Center or the trailhead. Hike leaders will contact participants before the hike to give directions if needed. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and pack a lunch/snack. Registration required. Ages 18+
Registration period: January 5 - February 19
Date: Saturday, February 19, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, February 19, 2022 11:30 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Hiking in the winter means better views and no bugs! Bundle up and meet at Fellows Lake Trail Head East. The trail is an out and back with forest and lake views. The hike is five miles and rated easy to moderate. Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring a water bottle. Bring binoculars if you like. This program is for women only. Ages 14-adult. Girls ages 14-17 accompanied by an adult female are welcome.
Registration period: February 1 - February 26
Date: Saturday, February 26, 2022 8:00 am - Saturday, February 26, 2022 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Put on your hiking shoes and join us for a guided hike at Harts Creek Conservation Area in Boone County; 3 or 5 miles-moderate, depending on the weather. Meet at the Runge Nature Center or the trailhead. Hike leaders will contact participants before the hike to give directions if needed. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and pack a lunch/snack. Registration required. Ages 18 and up.
Registration period: January 15 - February 25
Date: Saturday, February 26, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, February 26, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Saint Stanislaus Conservation Area

Come discover what north county has to offer! This nature walk will show participants some of the many opportunities that Saint Stanislaus Conservation Area holds as we become familiar with its natural features. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars and walking sticks. Binoculars will also be available.

Please register all who plan attend.

MDC asks all participants to observe current local social distancing and masking guidelines. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when appropriate.