Hiking Guide

Top 5 Hiking adventures at and around the Rock House

Looking for a great way to get your kids outside and active? Grab your backpack, some water and throw on some shoes and you’re ready to go. Hiking is the perfect activity for families! The Rock House Retreat and surrounding area has some great hiking trails to explore. Here are some tips and tricks for making the most of your hike. With a little planning and preparation, you and your family can have a great time hiking our trails or spend the day at some local favorite of ours.

Rock House Hiking Trails

The Rock House Retreat offers a variety of outdoor activities for those looking to get outside and be reconnected to nature. One of its most accessible attractions are the hiking trails, which provide visitors with an opportunity to explore natural beauty in a peaceful setting. In addition the area has tons of hiking opportunities sure to interest beginners and adventurers alike.

2 miles of trails at the Rock House

The hiking trails at the Rock House Retreat offer something for everyone, with over two miles of well-maintained paths that wind through wooded areas, open meadows, and along the lake and small ponds.

Easy hiking

Whether you’re an experienced hiker or just getting started, there is a trail suitable for your level. Most hikes are considered easy to moderate in difficulty and you can expect to be back to the house within an hour or less. The total elevation change on the trails is about 100 feet.

Feeling more adventurous

For those who like a bit of adventure on their hike, there are hidden treasure caches also known as (geocaches) scattered throughout the woods waiting to be found! In each of the caches kids (or adults) will find some treasures to take home with them. As a rule of thumb a person should only take 1 item from a cache and if you would like to add to the fun you can leave an item of your own to pass on to another adventurer. The caches are often a bit off the trails so be cautious about ticks and thorns as you hunt.


Rock Island Spur of the Katy Trail

The Rock Island Spur of the Katy Trail is a popular destination for tourists in the area, especially those looking to get out and enjoy some outdoor recreation. The Chilhowee trailhead is approximately 5 miles from Rock House, giving it convenient access for visitors who are hoping to explore the natural beauty of the area. WARNING: While his trail is considered super easy and it is also on a the bucket list of many long distance hiking and biking enthusiast, it is a straight line trail and for many people wanting a leisurely afternoon of hiking, it my not be the best or most interesting choice.

  • The trail spans 47.5 miles from Windsor Missouri to Pleasant Hill Missouri. We are in about the middle.
  • The trail is basically flat because of the fact that it was once a railroad track so bicycling and hiking are easy and trail rides on horseback are leisurely
  • Grab a snack at the Hometown Convenience Store while you’re in Chilhowee. Its a fun little place that is located on main street in the old bank.
  • The trail was once a Railroad. The trains would take coal from the local mines to deliver all over the country in its heyday.

Knob Noster State Park

Knob Noster State Park is a beautiful getaway located near Knob Noster and Whiteman Air Force Base. With its open oak woodland and patches of prairie, it’s the perfect destination for outdoor activities like fishing, mountain biking, hiking, camping, and horseback riding. The park also features an oxbow slough known as Pin Oak Slough, which is home to a variety of wildlife. Whether you’re looking for some quality time with your family or just a peaceful retreat in nature, Knob Noster State Park is a great place to spend a few hours or the entire day. So come and explore the natural wonders of this magnificent state park! You won’t be disappointed!


McAdoo Trail

The McAdoo Trail is a great way to explore the beauty of the area. Located in Knob Noster, Missouri, the trail offers a variety of scenic views and terrain as you hike. The trail itself is about 4.8 miles loop and can take anywhere between two to three hours to complete, depending on how fast you go.

The trail is accessible from multiple entry points with maps placed at each one for reference. It starts off at a simple car parking lot and then splits into different trails heading in different directions. There’s a loop that cuts through woodlands, meadows, and creeks.

As you explore McAdoo Trail, you’ll get to experience breathtaking landscapes filled with wildflowers in season. During springtime, the trail turns into an absolute paradise as vibrant colors paint the entire landscape. You can also spot wildlife along the way like deer, turkeys, rabbits, Hawks and Eagles – providing you with some of nature’s most incredible sights!

3 Great Warrensburg Missouri recreation and Hiking areas

Warrensburg, Missouri boasts a variety of hiking opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts from all walks of life. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll through the countryside or an exciting and invigorating trek through rugged terrain, Warrensburg is sure to be a winner. Here are just 3 of your options while visiting Warrensburg

1. Pertle Springs Trail System

Pert Springs Loop is a 1.2-mile loop trail near Warrensburg, Missouri that’s generally considered an easy route, taking an average of 26 minutes to complete. The trail is perfect for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts who want to soak up some of the area’s natural beauty without having to tackle a difficult path.

2. Culp Park

Culp Park is an outdoor recreation area in Warrensburg Missouri. The park consists of a 3 Mile Walking Trail, a Baseball/Softball Field, Nature Area and a Lake with dock. It is the ideal spot for those looking to take advantage of all that nature has to offer in one convenient location.

3. Blind Bone Park

Blind Bone Park is a great place for outdoorsy types to spend a day enjoying nature. With its BBQ grills, electricity availability, gazebo, a nature area and picnic areas with tables, it’s the perfect spot for a family outing. The park also has restrooms and a walking trail which follows along the periphery of the park.


Powell Gardens

Powell Gardens is a 970-acre paradise of lush greenery and vibrant colors that draws visitors from all over the world. With 6,000 varieties of plants and 225,000 plants in seasonal displays, Powell Gardens offers something for everyone to enjoy. Located 30 miles east of Kansas City, Missouri in Kingsville, and about 35 minutes from Rock House Retreats.

Powell Gardens’ history began in 1948 when George E. Powell, Sr., a Kansas City businessman, purchased the beautiful tract of land that would eventually become Powell Gardens, Kansas City’s botanical garden. This location was especially meaningful to Mr. Powell, as he had spent his childhood on the family farm and learned firsthand about the hardships that came with life on a farm. It was during this time that he made a decision to pursue a business career in Kansas City.

In 1952, Mr. Powell and his son George E. Powell Jr., along with other investors, took over ownership of Yellow Transit Freight Lines (now YRC Freight). Under their leadership, the company prospered greatly and gained recognition within the industry. However, despite all of his success in business, Mr. Powell never forgot his roots and returned to his love of nature; this led him to purchase the acreage which would become Powell Gardens.

After acquiring the land in 1948, it took several years for Mr. Powell to develop a plan for how he wanted to use it. In 1957 he hired landscape architect Hideo Sasaki to design what would eventually become one of Kansas City’s most beloved attractions – Powell Gardens! Sasaki designed winding pathways throughout the property which lead visitors through various themed gardens full of lush vegetation and stunning blooms like azaleas, magnolias and rhododendrons. Additionally, he created an indoor conservatory known as The Main Conservatory where visitors can explore exotic plant species from around the world year-round regardless of climate or season changes outside.

Today, Powell Gardens remains dedicated to its original mission: connecting people with nature through education.