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Missouri Hiking and Biking Trails - Guide to the most beautiful hiking areas in Missouri!

Missouri Hiking Trails, Missouri Biking Trails & Backpacking Trails in MO
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If you are looking for Missouri hiking trails, mountain biking trails or love to go backpacking among some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere in the United States, these Missouri Trails fit the bill.  Rivaled only by Colorado or the Appalachian Trail, you will be greatly impressed by the hundreds of miles of trails in the St. Francois Mountain Region in the Missouri Ozarks. If you want to see and experience a landscape unique on the earth, visit Iron and Reynolds County Missouri.  Come to Missouri where hundreds of miles of trails await your exploration!  Famous for the Ozark Trail, there are many other trails to explore in this region of Missouri.

These Missouri hiking trails and biking trails are located near St. Louis in Iron & Reynolds County MO, in the Arcadia Valley Region and Black River Recreation Area.  Come for a day hike near St. Louis, or come for a weekend hike or week long hiking trip if you have more time.

The Precambrian St. Francois Mountains were formed through volcanic and intrusive activity nearly 1.5 billion years ago.  By comparison, the Appalachians started forming about 460 million years ago and the Rockies a mere 70 million years ago.  When the Appalachian Mountains started forming, the St. Francois range was already twice as old as the Appalachians are today. This range is one of the oldest exposures of igneous rock in North America.  Geologists believe that the volcanic activity that formed this mountain range is also thought to be the geological cause of the uplift of the entire Ozark Plateau. It is believed that the peaks of the St. Francois Mountains may be the only area in the American Midwest never to have been submerged in the Paleozoic seas.  Around the peaks, in the areas that were submerged, fossilized coral and the remains of ancient reef complexes can be found.  These resulted in rich ore deposits of iron, lead, barite, zinc, silver, manganese, cobalt, and nickel, as well as granite and limestone.  In short, a hike or bike ride along trails in our region can make you feel pretty insignificant in the Earth's history.

Geo Map of St. Francois Mountain Region of the Missouri Ozark Plateau

Chief among trails in Missouri and the Midwest is the Ozark Trail which meanders through our richly beautiful region of the Missouri Ozarks.  In the 1970s work began on a vision to build a scenic and varied route in the Missouri Ozarks, from just outside St. Louis southwest to the Arkansas border, to eventually connect with the Ozark Highlands Trail, creating a 700-mile through-trail.  Governmental agencies, environmental groups and dedicated bands of volunteers have now completed over 350 miles of the Missouri section of the Ozark Trail.  Read more information about the Ozark Trail.

There are unlimited hiking and mountain biking opportunities in our region.  See the many recreational opportunities below and we think you will agree that this is the best place in Missouri to find hiking and biking trails.  Mountain Biking is permitted on all, or portions of, Council Bluff Trail and most sections of the Ozark Trail.  For more detailed information on the trails in our region, please see the following:

Guide - Missouri Hiking Trails and Biking Trails

The Ozark Trail
Trace Creek Section Trail
Middle Fork Section Trail
Karkaghne Section Trail
Blair Creek Section Trail
Marble Creek Section Trail
Taum Sauk Section Trail

Hiking Trails Mark Twain National Forest
Bell Mountain Wilderness Area and Trail
Sutton Bluff Recreation Area
Crane Lake Conservation Hiking Trails
Marble Creek Recreation Hiking Trails
Council Bluff Recreation Hiking Trails
Silver Mines Recreation Area Hiking Trail

Hiking Trails Missouri Wilderness & Conservation Areas
Millstream Gardens Conservation Area and Tiemann Shut-ins Hiking
Buford Mountain State Forest Hiking Trail
Ketcherside Mountain Conservation Area & Royal Gorge Hiking
Grasshopper Hollow Hiking
Logan Creek Conservation Hiking Trails
Deer Run Conservation Area Hiking

Hiking Missouri State Parks
Taum Sauk Mountain State Park
Elephant Rocks State Park
Johnson's Shut-ins State Park

Lodging & Accommodations Near Missouri Hiking & Biking Trails

Select from resorts, cabins, cottages, motels, hotels, bed and breakfast inns and campgrounds near these Missouri hiking and biking areas.

For excellent firsthand reviews of many of these trails, see Danny's Missouri Backpacking & Hiking Trails Reviews at

Shepherd Mountain Hiking Trail
(The trail is in the areas of old iron mines and also the fighting between civil war Confederate General Marmaduke's units and members of the 14th Iowa Infantry. The area where the Confederates placed a cannon is also near the trail.)
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