Explore more this year at one of the many state parks near Kansas City.
State Parks Near KC 🏞️
Having been limited to grocery store visits, local parks and at-home date nights for nearly a year, we're feeling some serious wanderlust these days. 🧳 ❤️
So if you're looking for a new park to explore, you're certainly not alone. Dozens of readers of the Adventure email told us they've been spending a lot of time hiking 🥾 and exploring state parks 🏞️ throughout the pandemic.
Here are some of the best state parks for hiking adventures located within a three-hour drive of Kansas City. 🚗 These parks make a perfect day trip or an ideal locale for your next camping trip. So pick your park, get out and explore! 🗺️ 🧭
Spanning nearly 4,000 acres, Knob Noster State Park offers ten trails of varying difficulty. In this often-overlooked state park, more seasoned hikers can hop on Opossum Hollow Trail — at 5.4 miles, it will take the average hiker around 4 hours to complete. 🥾
Knob Noster is also near Katy Trail — the 239-mile biking and hiking trail that crosses Missouri from St. Charles to Clinton. 🚴
Featuring more than 17 miles of trails for hiking, biking and backpacking, Crowder State Park provides nearly 2,000 acres to explore in northern Missouri. Hikers can spend nearly three hours on the 2.9-mile Tall Oaks Trail, or hop on Redbud Trail for a shorter trek. 🎒 🥾
Winter weather ❄️ has limited some trails to hiking only, so again, be sure to check the conditions and park status before you head out.
In less than an hour's drive, you can discover new paths, new scenes and quiet serenity at Wallace State Park. 🏞️
One of the park's five trails, Skunk Hollow Trail, takes hikers through wooded hillsides, by streams, and across several footbridges for an hour-long hike. For a longer hike best suited for more advanced hikers, the rugged 2.9-mile Deer Run Trail will put your skills to the test. 💪
If you’re looking for a more laidback hike, the park offers a series of smaller trails, too. Hop on Castle Trail for a quick ADA-accessible, 0.8-mile hike for great views of the river and castle ruins. 🏰
If you're looking for the best trails to explore a little closer to home, including the nearest state park — Weston Bend — check out our hiking adventure from last spring. Getting outside for some fresh air and exercise can help you stay happy and healthy throughout the rest of the pandemic. We'll see you on the trails! 🥾