Missouri: Lake Wappapello State Park|
Posted on Tuesday, January 23 @ 00:00:00 MST by iljiana
HC 2, Box 102
Williamsville, MO 63967
Nestled in the southeast region of Missouri, Lake Wappapello State
Park offers a variety of recreation opportunities ranging from an
exciting day on Lake Wappapello to a quiet stroll through the Ozark
Lake Wappapello is popular with fishermen who cast their lines in
hopes of reducing the excellent population of white bass, crappie and
bluegill, as well as largemouth bass and catfish. Water enthusiasts
will also enjoy swimming, boating and water skiing. The park features a
swimming beach and paved boat ramps.
On-shore recreation options include miles of hiking, backpacking,
equestrian and all-terrain bicycle trails. Visitors can enjoy lunch in
two picnic areas, which include picnic sites, shelters and playground
Two campgrounds -- one perched on the ridge and one nestled near the
lake -- offer basic and electric hookup campsites, hot showers, modern
restrooms and laundry facilities. Eight modern cabins with kitchens,
perfect for families, can be reserved by contacting the park office.
Lake Wappapello State Park provides a pleasant atmosphere for a
myriad of park visitors whether they are looking to fish, boat, camp or
just enjoy an afternoon barbecue and an evening sunset.
All trails in Lake Wappapello State Park open for public use are
identified with entrance signs and marked at intersections with colored
directional arrows. Occasional colored markers are used to identify the
trail where the route is not clear. Trail users are advised to watch
closely for trail markers, especially where trails intersect old roads.
Allison Cemetery Trail - 3.5 miles
This trail, which is open to hiking use only, provides an easy walk
on the ridge to Allison Cemetery and then meanders along the lake’s
edge to complete a 3.5-mile loop. There are two trailheads, one in the
day-use area near the picnic shelter and the other on the north side of
the road leading to the cabins. Cabin guests may access the trail at
the end of the cabin road. The trail is signed in a clockwise direction
with green arrows. Shorter hikes are possible by using the connector
trails that are identified with white arrows.
Lake View Trail - ½-mile
This short trail begins in the day-use area and provides excellent
views of the lake. It is signed with blue arrows in a clockwise
direction and is designated for hiking use only.
Asher Creek Trail - 2 miles
This hiking trail begins on the west side of the campground and
traverses the hillside up Asher Creek Valley. This arm of the lake has
been designated as a waterfowl refuge, making Asher Creek Trail an
excellent area for viewing wildlife. The trail follows higher ground on
its return to the campground and passes through several stands of
mature timber. The trail is approximately two miles long with two
connector trails that provide opportunities for shorter hikes. The
perimeter trail is signed in a clockwise direction with red arrows and
the connectors with white arrows.
Lake Wappapello Trail - 15 miles
Lake Wappapello Trail is designated for hiking, backpacking,
all-terrain bicycle and equestrian use. The trail traverses
approximately 15 miles of varied and rugged Ozark terrain and may be
accessed from Highway 172 near the west boundary of the park. Trailhead
parking for equestrians is limited at this time. The route is signed in
a counterclockwise direction with yellow arrows.
For more information: http://www.mostateparks.com/lakewappapello.htm