Park visitors are often told to “Take a Hike!” Mudlick Mountain awaits them.
The 12 mile loop on the Mudlick Trail is a moderate to very strenuous hike, climbing from 415 feet above sea level in Big Creek Valley to 1,313 feet above sea level at the top of Mudlick Mountain. Most of the trail is located in the Mudlick Mountain Wild Area, one of the most significant, undisturbed national landscapes in Missouri. Backpackers can camp at two separate primitive sites along the Mudlick Trail.
Our most popular hike is the easy 1.25 miles to the shut-ins area. It is well worth the walk. The trail ends at the crystal-clear refreshing waters of Big Creek – a great swimming area.
Another popular hike is the 3.2 mile Shut-Ins Trail loop to the three stone hiking shelters built during the CCC period. These hiking shelters offer a spectacular vista of Big Creek canyon. Backpackers are welcome to camp on a first-come basis at these shelters.
Our 1.5 mile one way paved bike and jogging path runs along the main corridor of the Park with an accessible, fairly level terrain. Bring your bikes or comfy shoes for a nice stroll. You’ll often spot deer and interesting birds so don’t forget your camera.
In 2013 Missouri was designated as the “Best trail State” from The American Hiking Association.