Our charming town, located in the heart of Missouri’s wine country, is well-known for its wineries and German heritage, but it’s also surrounded by beautiful outdoor spaces just waiting to be explored. Here are the top 10 parks and preserves near Hermann, MO that offer trails, fishing, scenic views, and much more.
Graham Cave State Park
Located just 10 miles from Hermann, Graham Cave State Park offers hiking trails and the opportunity to witness the park’s unique geological formations. The park is also home to Graham Cave, which was once inhabited by prehistoric peoples. Explore the cave and learn about the lives of the people who once lived there.
Cuivre River State Park
Cuivre River State Park is located about 50 minutes from Hermann and offers a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, fishing, and horseback riding. The park is home to a number of natural features, such as the Cuivre River, which is popular with anglers, and the Lincoln Hills, which provide scenic views of the surrounding area.
Meramec State Park
Meramec State Park is a beautiful park located in Sullivan, Missouri, just over an hour’s drive from Hermann. The park covers over 6,800 acres and is home to the Meramec River, where you can fish, boat, and swim to your heart’s content. You’ll also enjoy a variety of hiking trails and picnic areas. Come explore the park’s natural beauty while enjoying a range of outdoor activities.
Katy Trail State Park
The Katy Trail is a 240-mile rail trail that runs across the state of Missouri. This popular trail was designed for hiking, biking, and horseback riding and offers stunning views of the Missouri River. The section of the trail near Hermann is especially beautiful, as it passes through a number of small towns and wineries.
Grand Bluffs Conservation Area
The Grand Bluffs Conservation Area covers an area of approximately 2,600 acres, and is characterized by rugged, forested hills and valleys. Hiking, hunting, fishing, and wildlife watching are plentiful. In fact, there are several trails throughout the conservation area, including the 1.5-mile Bluff View Trail, which offers stunning views of the Meramec River and surrounding valley, and the 2-mile Lost Valley Trail, which takes hikers through a scenic forested area with a small creek and waterfall. Fishing is also popular thanks to the Meramec River’s abundance of bass, catfish, and sunfish. Overall, the Grand Bluffs Conservation Area is a beautiful and peaceful destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.
Daniel Boone Conservation Area
The Daniel Boone Conservation Area is located only 25 miles from Hermann. Visitors take advantage of the many hunting, fishing, and hiking opportunities. The Missouri River also runs through the park, so you’ll find several boat ramps for exploring the river by kayak or canoe. If you love hiking, then you’ll appreciate the beautiful trails that lead through the forested hills and along the banks of the river.
Sage Mountain Recreation Area
Sage Mountain Recreation Area is a hidden gem located in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri. The recreation area covers over 1,200 acres and is home to rugged hills, deep valleys, and stunning vistas. The area is perfect for hiking and horseback riding, with over 15 miles of trails that wind through the forest and along the ridges. The trails offer panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, as well as opportunities to explore the park’s natural features, including caves and rock formations. With its secluded location and natural beauty, Sage Mountain Recreation Area is a great destination if you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path adventure.
Forest Park (St. Louis)
Forest Park is a popular park located in nearby St. Louis, Missouri. Covering over 1,300 acres, there are a wide range of activities and attractions, including museums, a zoo, and a golf course. Hike and bike your way along trails, boat on the lake, or picnic in the beautiful green spaces..
Village Dog Park
Village Dog Park, a community-run dog park, is a great place for socializing and exercising your dog. Offering over 2 acres and a large, fenced-in area, you can happily let your best (furry) friend run and play off-leash. The park offers a variety of amenities for dogs and their owners, including water fountains, waste stations, and agility equipment.
Hermann Riverfront Park
Hermann Riverfront Park is a charming park located on the banks of the Missouri River just minutes from Hermann Hill. This quaint, downtown, 40-acre park features picnic areas, playgrounds, and a boat ramp. Stroll along the riverfront and enjoy pretty river and bluff views. Throughout the year, the park is also home to several popular events such as concerts, festivals, and the annual Hermann Oktoberfest..
Hermann City Park
This city park is conveniently located in the heart of Hermann and features a playground, picnic areas, tennis courts, and a swimming pool. You’ll also discover an historic amphitheater, which hosts live music and theater performances during the summer months.
Overall, there are plenty of great parks and outdoor recreation areas to explore near Hermann, Missouri. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful picnic spot or a challenging hiking trail, there is something for everyone in this beautiful area of the state. So, if you’re planning a trip, be sure to book your overnight stay at our boutique hotel on the bluffs of the Missouri River. Our delicious breakfasts each morning are the perfect way to start your day, and our Vineyard Inn Suites and River Bluff Cottages provide an ideal place to rest your head at night. What’s more, our many amenities and Stay Your Way option, offer customized stay for each guest, every time. Book now.