Missouri, located in the Midwest region of the U.S., is mostly comprised of prairie land dotted with rivers and streams.
In southern Missouri, the Ozark Plateau rises with hills and low mountains, while the Osage Plains in the west mix prairie land with dispersed woodlands. The St. Francois Mountains dominate the southeast region, where the state's highest point, Taum Sauk Mountain (1,772 ft.), resides.
The editors at Backpacker have created an extensive collection of popular trails and trips for hiking and backpacking Missouri.
You don't always need to go far to go big. Case in point: these stunning hikes, all within a day trip of a major metropolitan area.
See Missouri's tallest waterfall and stand on its tallest peak on this overnight on the Taum Sauk section of the Ozark Trail. BY MARK HINCH
Notch the prettiest section of the Ozark Trail on this overnight along the Eleven Point River. BY SAVANNAH WASZCZUK
Wander through three-season wildflowers on this overnight.