Trip Ideas: Find Outdoor Adventure in Missouri
It's time to get outdoors in Missouri! Whether you're interested in sailing through the treetops on a zipline ride, hiking or biking a rugged trail, or slowly making your way down a crystal-clear stream, the Show-Me State has adventure for you.
NRO Zipline has more than 3,000 feet of pure adrenaline. Your tour includes four zips with five towers and one landing pad. During the tour, you'll reach speeds up to 30 mph. Reservations must be made by telephone.
5 NRO Road, Lebanon MO 65536, 417-532-0041
Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Eco Adventure Ziplines is Missouri's most exciting zipline facility and features over a mile of Ziplines at heights up to 250 feet. Eco Adventure Ziplines was built to ACCT standards and committed to offering the safest zipline experience for a fun family adventure.
489 S. Route 19, New Florence MO 63363, 314-326-0140
Hours: Mon. and Thu.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
This is a giant obstacle course up in the trees (heights of 40-50 feet) using ladders, walkways, bridges and tunnels made of wood, rope and super-strong wire and top it all off with five super ziplines. This outdoor experience provides participants 2-3 hours of fun and exercise; it is much more than just a zipline.
7331 Oakwood Drive, Kansas City MO 64132, 800-971-8271
Hours: Hours vary by day and season.
Hiking and Biking
This heavily wooded park is a favorite of bird watchers and solitude seekers. It features individual and group campsites, hiking trails, fishing, and picnic sites and shelters. The park is located six miles south of Cameron.
10621 NE Hwy. 121, Cameron MO 64429, 816-632-3745
Hours: Park Gate: April 15-Oct. 31, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Nov. 1-April 14, 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Katy Trail State Park is the longest rails-to-trails conversion in the U.S. The flat, 240-mile trail is open for hiking, running, walking and bicycling through Missouri countryside. There are many cities located along the trail, offering convenient access to shops, restaurants and lodging.
Katy Trail, Jefferson City MO 65109, 573-449-7402
Hours: Sunrise-sunset.
Ozark Greenways is a trail network throughout the Springfield area, for bicycling, running, walking and alternative transportation. There are a variety of trails in the network, ranging from two miles to the 35-mile Frisco Highline Trail. Please note, the address and map point shown are for one of the trailheads on the Frisco Highline Trail.
3639 W. Kearney St., Springfield MO 65803, 417-864-2015
Hours: Dawn to dusk.
Escape for a day or weekend. For all levels of off-road riding that includes a single track and beautiful scenic views.The system offers several trails, including: a 1.3-mile beginners loop; a more challenging 3.1-mile loop; a 5-mile moderate section; and a 14-mile loop that has it all: demanding climbs, impressive downhills and first-rate single track. Hiking is allowed.
28565 Benton House Ave., Warsaw MO 65355, 660-438-2312
Hours: Daily: dawn-dusk.
Canoe and Float Trips
KC's offers family-friendly float trips on the crystal clear waters of the lower Current River. Discounts are available for large groups. Float trips range from three-hours to a full day. Pack a picnic lunch and stop along the way at one of the many gravel-bars.The free shuttle takes you up river; you float back down to the campground. The campground is open April-October. Floating season is Memorial Day to Labor Day.
206 W. Jefferson St., Doniphan MO 63935, 573-996-7961
Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri.-Sun., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Offers three-seat plastic canoes, six- and eight-person rafts, along with kayaks and tubes. You'll be shuttled upriver and you float back to Two Sons.This 30-acre site offers camping, RV hook-ups, a large beach and eight miles of floating on the Elk River. Facilities include modern showers and restroom. From I-44, take exit 11A and go south on Route 71 (33 miles). Then, go right on Route EE (3.2 miles); left on Route 59 (3.7 miles); watch for our sign on the left.
15806 Route 59, Noel MO 64854, 417-475-4774
Hours: Office: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Offers float trips, with canoes and kayaks for rent, along with fishing tackle and supplies. The Eleven Point River is floatable year-round, with excellent fishing for rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, goggle-eye, pickerel and walleye
Rt. 72, Box 2522, Alton MO 65606, 417-778-6497
Hours: Office: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Boating and Fishing
Missouri's most popular lake destination features more than 1,100 miles of shoreline, access to public beaches, great fishing and plenty of room for fun and recreation on the water.
1000 Bagnell Dam Blvd., Lake Ozark MO 65049, 800-386-5253
Hours: 24 hours
This 18,600-acre lake is ideal for a day on the water. Also, enjoy equestrian trails, walking trails and sleeping under the stars. Offers great fishing; known for crappie and bass tournaments. Camping is available in four Corps of Engineers developed recreation areas.
Route J, Monroe City MO 63456, 573-735-4097
Hours: 24 hours
Mozingo Lake Recreation Park is located beside a 1,000-acre recreational lake. The lake is stocked with bass, walleye, bluegill, crappie and catfish. Mozingo golf course (18 holes) is one-half mile from the campgrounds.
25055 Liberty Road, Maryville MO 64468, 660-562-2323
Hours: Daily: 6 a.m.-11 p.m.
Table Rock Lake, located inside the State Park, is one of Missouri's prettiest lakes and is open for all types of recreation, from boating and fishing to swimming and skiing. You also can access the Lake at various marinas or from Moonshine Beach.
5272 Route 165, Branson MO 65616, 417-334-4704
Hours: Park grounds: Daily, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.