Johnson County, Missouri is fortunate to have many great hiking trails. Within the boundaries of Knob Noster State Park, just 10 miles from Warrensburg, there are seven trails ranging in length from a half mile long to just over 7 miles long. Warrensburg has three established hiking trails as well.
Cave Hollow Trail, in Cave Hollow Park, Warrensburg, is a local favorite for several reasons. Nearly 1/2 mile of the trail is paved so it is wheel-chair accessible. Additionally, there are nearly three miles of unmarked trails. Located inside town limits, it is easy to locate and has plenty of parking. The park hosts three baseball diamonds and a group picnic area. There are 2 large, shallow caves in the park, and a creek that runs through the park.
Opossum Hollow Trail, in Knob Noster State Park, is another popular hiking trail in Johnson County. At one and a half miles long, it allows hikers to get back to nature without the need to travel a great distance to do so. I hike this trail about 4 times per year, and love the solitude I find there. Often, the squirrels and birds are my only company for the short hike. The trail head for Opossum Hollow is also a day camp area, with adequate parking and several picnic tables with grills for making a day out with your family even more fun.
Perhaps the best trail in Johnson County is McAdoo Trail, also located in Knob Noster State Park. This is the only trail in the park that is open to horses, mountain bikes, as well as hikers. At 7.5 miles long, it is the longest trail in the park, traversing through Christopher Woods, “the oldest stand of continuous timber in the park,” according to Park brochures.
I have hiked this trail in all four seasons, and each trip is unique. The cold December air provides solitude; wet conditions in the spring make sections of the trail slippery, especially at the creek crossings; summer days bring birds and squirrels to provide nature’s music; and fall brings the beauty of the changing colors all around. I have had many opportunities to photograph wildlife on this trail, making it my favorite in the county.
Johnson County has a hiking trail for you, whether you are looking for a short walk in the woods or a day enjoying what nature has to offer you and your family. For more information on the other hiking trails in Knob Noster State Park, be sure to visit mostateparks.com.