Five of The Best Intermediate Spring Hiking Destinations in the Midwest

3. Ozark Trail, Missouri, Marble Creek Section

Missouri is a state renowned for its trails, partially thanks to the open land and partially thanks to the quality of that open land. Farther south from our first entry, the famous Ozark Trial goes through heavily wooded areas, forested hills, and frequent changes in elevation to create a nice moderate challenge for even the advanced or more experienced hikers. The Marble Creek Section is a wide, looping path that includes hiking around Crane Lake, which gives hikers a taste of big sky as well as forest canopy.


Pros: View, Variety, Weather

Cons: Especially difficult when it rains

Congestion: Low

Ideal Time of Year to Hike: Spring, Summer, Fall

Total Distance and Duration: ≈400 Miles, 9 miles for entire Marble Creek section

Trail Uses: Hiking, Running, Camping

Dogs Allowed? Yes, use leashes

Recommended Gear: Day pack, Hiking boots, Snacks, Camping Equipment, Leash for Pets

Elevation at Trailhead: ≈1,772’ average state elevation

Costs: None

Directions: From Fredericktown, MO, Head south on US-67, Turn right on Hwy E and follow for 15 miles. You’ll find trailhead access, parking and campground on the right.

Ozark Trail, Marble Creek

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