Devil’s Den State Park is very similar to Natural Falls State Park except that there are many more hiking trails and they are much longer. My favorite time to visit Devil’s Den is during the Fall when all the leaves are changing because the Ozarks are simply stunning during that time of year.
Devil’s Den State Park is my favorite place to hike during the Fall because the park offers a huge variety of hiking trails with varying lengths and incredible scenery for as far as you can see. You can find out more about the different hiking trails here — the longest trail is 15 miles and the shortest is around 1/4 mile.
In addition to a variety of hiking trails, Devil’s Den has something to offer for everyone. The park offers tent and cabin camping so you can make a weekend out of exploring the beautiful Ozarks and there are also horseback riding trails for all the horse lovers.
On a clear day you can see the colorful treeline reflection on the peaceful lake in the heart of the park. This beautiful scenery is just steps away from the parking lot with the lake spilling over into an enchanting waterfall. The close proximity to parking makes the lake and waterfall easy access for everyone. Pair the stunning scenery with a picnic lunch and you have the perfect, relaxing afternoon in the Ozarks.
Devil’s Den is one of my favorite parks for hiking, especially during the Fall months. Cooler weather, scenic views, and the peaceful outdoors makes for the ideal weekend getaway in the Ozark Mountains. If you’re looking for more ideas on what to do and see in the Midwest, check out my previous posts in the Best of the Midwest series.
Have you even been to Devil’s Den State Park? Where is your favorite place for hiking in the Midwest?