Visit Wildcat Glades

Trails at Wildcat Glades

See chert bluffs towering over 50 feet high or explore an Ozark woodland.

Our nearly 4 miles of trails travel through diverse ecosystems and range from a leisurely walk to a rugged hike. Enjoy Missouri trees, wildflowers and a host of birds and animals. Rivers and creeks flow along the entire length of our trails. 

City of Joplin Metro Trails

These trails intersect with the Audubon Center nature trails. These are the only portions of the trails where bicycles, jogggers, and pets are allowed. These trails wind along Shoal Creek, taking you past a spring and our event pavilion. 

St. John's Creek Trail

This scenic trail takes you to the historic Redings Mill Bridge. Scenic shoals are the highlight of your stop. Observers can still see the foundation of the old Redings Mill. Listen to the rushing rapids and keep your eyes open for a belted kingfisher and osprey. 

Bluff Trail

This rugged trail will take you up a 50-foot chert bluff overlooking Shoal Creek. Visit Mother Nature's Gap, an enormous 40-foot split in the chert bed rock, along this trail. Please use caution - this challenging trail is recommended only for skilled hikers and not recommended for small children. 

Rotary Centennial Trail

Stop at the overlook and see the unique chert glades and visit the pond observation blind for upclose encounters of wildlife near the Silver Creek pond. 

No plant or animal collecting is permitted at Wildcat Park at anytime.

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