Oak Hickory Trail

A leisurely stroll through the state park


Bennett Spring State Park has six excellent walking trails.

The Oak Hickory Trail is an easy one to find and enjoy. 

The .3 mile trail begins behind the Nature Center.  It has a gentle grade that is often used by Nature Center volunteers to teach visiting groups about the plants and trees along the trail as well as basic safety and how to read trail signs.

Signs point out the plant life found along the trail, and Missouri wildlife like deer, squirrels, chipmunks and birds frequent the trail as much as insects, spiders and many ticks.

According to the Mo. State Parks website, the west side of the trail dates back to the 1840s, so visitors will walk with history as well as nature.

There’s an amphitheater in the center of the trail with wooden benches.

Visitors also encounter wooden steps to help them up and down the slight grade.

It’s a 20-minute walk with nature.