Just a few miles South of Ozark Missouri is one of our favorite places to hike and enjoy the outdoors. Busiek State Park is a real gem and kind of a local secret. With 2502 acres of woods, glades, and steep terrain, you can go hiking and mountain biking or you can bring your horses and go riding. There is also a shooting range for practicing your marksmanship. Primitive camping is available with a permit from the parks dept.
Whether you are a beginner or experienced hiker there are trails for everyone's skill levels. The trails range from easy and mild, to very steep and difficult and are most are several miles long. The hike is strenuous so be sure to arrive early enough to give yourself plenty of time. You don't have to worry about getting lost since the trails are well marked.
Make sure to wear sturdy shoes and take water and a cell phone just in case. However, on some trails you can't get a cell phone signal because they are so remote! Its also a good idea to bring your camera and a light jacket.
Fall is a really great time of the year to visit the park because of the cool temperatures and wonderful fall colors. As you walk along, keep an eye out for all kinds of wildlife and birds. Woods Fork Creek runs through the park in between the beautiful ridges and trees so depending on the weather you might have to wade through the creek along your journey.
I took these pictures this morning on the "purple" trail on the West side. Just look at that view! Its easy to get to the park. Just take Hwy 65 S of Ozark and turn left at the brown marker sign. Hope to see you there!