Hiking is a great way to get outside and connect with nature, enjoy a new exercise routine, or unwind after a stressful week! Make sure to wear the proper gear and be aware of your surroundings so you stay safe. Some of the best hikes around Leasburg Missouri can be found along the Ozark Trail, in the state parks, and on local hiking trails. Be sure to bring plenty of water, snacks, and sunscreen, as well as a map to help you navigate the trails. Have a great time, stay safe, and soak in the natural beauty that Missouri has to offer!
The Scotia Iron Furnace Stack, located within the Huzzah Conservation Area, was built in approximately 1870. It is believed that at one point Scotia Iron Works consisted of an engine house, a boiler house, a charcoal house, a casting house and a weighing house. From the Ozark Trail at mile 2.6 approx. 500′ south of the trail are the ruins of the smelter.
The Onondaga Cave State Park trail system consists of 3 on site trails in Leasburg and 1 hiking trail in Bourbon off of Hwy N, near the Meramec River. *Bourbon
Blue Heron Trail 0.5 mi – Moderate
Deer Run Trail 2.5 mi – Moderate
Oak Ridge Trail 3.1 mi – Moderate
*Vilander Bluff Trail 1.3 mi – Moderate
The Meramec State Park trail system, in Sullivan, consists of 7 on site trails along near the Meramec River.
Bluff View Trail 1.25 mi – Moderate
Deer Hollow Trail 1.2 mi – Moderate
Hamilton Iron Works Trail 0.2 mi – Rugged
Natural Wonders Trail 1.1 mi – Moderate
River Trail 0.75 mi – Moderate
Walking Fern Trail 0.5 mi – Rugged
Wilderness Trail 8.25 mi – Rugged
The Meramec Conservation Area is located in southern Franklin County, from Sullivan take Hwy 185 S. There is much to explore including a .1-mile Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) trail, a 1.3-mile disabled accessible trail, a 5.5-mile hiking trail and a 10.5-mile multiple-use trail. Historic sites include the town of Reedville, the first state nursery, CCC Camp 2728, Lone Hill fire lookout tower, and old mines.
The Maramec Spring Park in St. James Missouri is privately owned and operated by The James Foundation. The beautiful park has 200 acres of public use area providing many amenities and activities for visitors such as a cafe, store, wildlife viewing, fish feeding, picnicking, shelters, playgrounds, fishing, and hiking.