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Best Trails in Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park

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Want to find the best trails in Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park for an adventurous hike or a family trip? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, biking trails, running trails and more. Enjoy hand-curated trail maps, along with reviews and photos from nature lovers like you. Ready for your next hike or bike ride? Explore one of 6 easy hiking trails in Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park that are great for the whole family. Looking for a more strenuous hike? We've got you covered, with trails ranging from 2 to 57 meters in elevation gain. Whatever you have planned for the day, you can find the perfect trail for your next trip to Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park.
Description

The state of Missouri and its principal river were both named after a tribe of Native Americans, known by the French explorers as the Oumessourit or Missouri Indians, that once lived in the area of Van Meter State Park. Today, the park provides outdoor recreational opportunities and interprets the area landscape and the Native Americans who found it to be bountiful. For many centuries, Native American hunters traversed the nearby marshes and prairies and the deep ravines and narrow ridges, locally known as the Pinnacles. In 1673, French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet composed a map that located a Missouri Indian village at the Great Bend of the Missouri River. Van Meter State Park features remnants of this early village site. A hand-dug earthwork, known as the Old Fort, and several burial mounds lie within park boundaries. The states American Indian history is also interpreted inside Missouri's American Indian Cultural Center through displays and interpretive programming. For outdoor enthusiasts, the park features hiking trails, an 18-acre lake for fishing and a campground. A boardwalk leads visitors through the Oumessourit Natural Area, which consists of a freshwater marsh, fens and bottomland and upland forests. Picnic sites and two picnic shelters are nestled under lofty trees.

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Map of trails in Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park, Missouri
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Park information
Area:
447 hectares
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Sunday
Contact
660-886-7537
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Top trails (6)
Loess Hills Trail
#1 - Loess Hills Trail
Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park
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Length: 3.1 km • Est. 53m
This trail is a two-mile loop trail passing through second-growth timber and patches of old farm pastures as it circles a small fishing lake. The trail is typical of rolling Loess Hills terrain. Van Meter state park has a total of six trails ranging from 0.16 miles to two miles. There is a visitor center/museum on Native American history and there are burial mounds located at the park.Show more
Earthworks Trail
#2 - Earthworks Trail
Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park
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Length: 2.9 km • Est. 51m
Earthworks Trail leads to American Indian site Old Fort (Earthworks) and the Mound Field. The Old Fort, an irregular, double-ditched earthwork, was built by the ancestral Missouria Indians (Oneota). The Mound Field is made up of three burial mounds that belonged to the Woodland Indians. This trail winds through the Pinnacles and the wooded part of the Oumessourit Natural Area. Show more
Missouri River Overlook Trail
#3 - Missouri River Overlook Trail
Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park
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Length: 0.5 km • Est. 8m
Missouri River Overlook Trail follows the ridge of a pinnacle and ends with a vista of the Missouri River bottoms, the river’s wooded edge, crop fields and oxbow lakes. The trail was constructed during the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-06 on the Missouri River. It features two interpretive panels describing the area during the 1800s with diary quotes and maps from the expedition.Show more
Oumessourit Wetland Bluff Trail
#4 - Oumessourit Wetland Bluff Trail
Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park
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Length: 1.4 km • Est. 22m
This state park was originally home to many Missouri Native Americans. They used the land in many various ways, from fishing to making villages which remnants can still be seen today. Stop by the visitor center to learn about the area’s native people and the history between Lewis and Clark’s exchanges. Show more
Oumessourit Wetland Boardwalk Trail [CLOSED]
#5 - Oumessourit Wetland Boardwalk Trail [CLOSED]
Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park
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Length: 0.8 km • Est. 12m
The 0.75-mile trail begins through a wooded bottomland leading up to a metal boardwalk that takes you into the Oumessourit Natural Area, a natural wetland. Definitely a unique experience where you can stand out over a wetland and observe the natural plants and insects that inhabit a wetland. There are also campsites here. The campsites are great if you are just passing through or are staying to enjoy the park's trails, fishing, or Native American cultural center. Van Meter State Park features remnants of the Missouria Indian village that sat at the Great Bend of the Missouri River. A hand-dug earthwork -- Old Fort -- and several burial mounds lie within the park's boundaries. The state's Native American history is interpreted in displays and exhibits at the park's Missouri's American Indian Cultural Center. For outdoor enthusiasts, the park features hiking trails and an 18-acre fishing lake. The boardwalk that leads visitors through the Oumessourit Natural Area takes them over a freshwater marsh and fens, and through bottomland and upland forests. Accessibility: There is 1 designated accessible space in the small partially paved parking lot off of Van Meter Park Road at the south end of the trail. It is van-accessible with a striped access aisle. The trail surface is a boardwalk or natural (dirt, grass, rock) surfaces. It is typically 3 to 5 feet wide. The majority of the trail is estimated to be in the gentle grade category (3% or less). All-terrain tires or motorized equipment may be needed for the mostly unpaved surface type. There are benches and picnic tables along the route for resting. There is a wheelchair-accessible bathroom at the south end of the trail. The visitor center is wheelchair-accessible.Show more
#6 - Van Meter Memorial Trail
Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park
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Length: 1.9 km • Est. 34m
This state park was originally home to many Missouri Native Americans. They used the land in many various ways, from fishing to making villages which remnants can still be seen today. Stop by the visitor center to learn about the area’s native people and the history between Lewis and Clark’s exchanges.Show more