In our quest to visit all 88 Missouri State Parks, we went to 2 last weekend. The first is blogged about in a prior post. The second is Mark Twain State Park. After checking in at the Visitor Center and checking out the overlook from the parking lot, we headed out for the trail head. All of the trails in the park are in the "Buzzard Roost" camping area. The map that was given to us at the Visitor Center was not detailed at all, so it took some hunting to find where we needed to be. Once we found the right location, we had a great parking spot and felt like we would be on the trail all alone. There were no cars in the parking lot. Odd for Summer...
We chose the Post Oak trail and found the trail head. The length is 1.75 miles. For a 90-degree day, that is long enough. We had ice water packed in a cooler for the drive and it was welcome along the hike. We hiked through the woods and along the shore line with peeks of the lake the whole time. The first mile of the hike was shaded and cooler than being out in the open.
We enjoyed being in the trees looking out at the lake. It was very peaceful. The second half of the hike was nice too, but different. We were still in the forest and shade, but we were now hiking in what seemed to be an inlet of the lake. There were pretty coves and secluded spots that ended in a marsh-like areas. The breeze had picked up on this side of the trail too. Watching the birds hunting and fishing was fun as we headed back to our car.
Over all, the Post Oak Trail at Mark Twain State Park was a great short hike. If you're interested in seeing more about our adventure, please check out our YouTube video about it.