Thursday, December 19, 2013

Where to Go: Trail of the Four Winds, Lake of the Ozarks State Park, Missouri

It’s taken me forever to get around to this blog! When Zach and I were staying at Lake of the Ozarks State Park for our anniversary trip, we got the chance to hike this multi-use trail. It was honestly one of the most beautiful trails I’ve ever hiked in Missouri, winding in and out through a dozen different ecosystems, from watery bottomlands and coniferous groves to open prairies and glades. 

Zach and I only had time to hike the south loop, which is 9.25 miles— it connects to a north loop, which adds another 4.25 miles. The trail was well-worn and well-marked, with a lot of gradual inclines and pretty views. 

If you’re interested in hiking this trail, check out the trail section of the Lake of the Ozarks State Park website here and the Four Winds trail map here (pdf reader required). Here are a few photos I took:

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