Welcome to Trails for Two: Empowering You to Confidently Explore the Wilderness

Here at Trails for Two, we think of getting outside not as an escape, but as the perfect complement to our busy daily lives. Each time we return to the office or the classroom on Monday after a weekend camping trip, we not only feel refreshed but have a better sense of why we are there. Through this blog, we hope to help you find the same sense of appreciation for your inside lives as you feel for your outside ones.

Our goal is to help you find an amazing trail or campsite for your next adventure. Although there are several websites and apps that are great for showing you what’s out there, it’s often hard to tell what’s good. While we are avid users of AllTrails, Hiking Project, Free Campsites, and other websites when looking for new hiking/camping spots, we also heavily rely on other tools such as historical USGS topographical maps, The National Map Advanced Viewer, Garmin map packages, ArcGIS Online, and more to find the very best. Our specialty is finding some of the more remote trails that give you a real sense of being in the wilderness (or as close as you can get in Missouri). We provide the details of our experiences to give you the confidence to get out there too.


  • Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park: Suburban Mushroom Heaven

    Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park: Suburban Mushroom Heaven

    Located 30 miles west of downtown St. Louis, Babler State Park is home to an impressive 2,400-acre old-growth forest ecosystem. Despite the park's proximity to the suburbs of the city, Babler offers a lovely network of trails and one of the better foraging opportunities in the area. If you are …Read More »
  • Centerpoint to Goat Trail: A View Worth the Hike

    Centerpoint to Goat Trail: A View Worth the Hike

    Four months ago, Eric and I took a weekend trip to Eureka Springs, Arkansas for one last hurrah just before his knee surgery. The surgery would leave him unable to walk for two months and unable to hike for even longer. We had our hearts set on the well-known Centerpoint …Read More »
  • Why I Mushroom Hunt: A Scientist’s Perspective on Foraging

    Why I Mushroom Hunt: A Scientist’s Perspective on Foraging

    Fungi are amazing. Not only are they an incredibly diverse kingdom of organisms, but many are also very delicious. And you don't have to cultivate them in your garden to enjoy these scrumtuous morsels -- you simply have to get outside and have keen eyes. You can even find edible …Read More »
  • Amazing Health Benefits of Eating Wild Mushrooms

    Amazing Health Benefits of Eating Wild Mushrooms

    Many people love mushrooms. Others don't. Regardless of where you fall on the spectrum, there are compelling reasons to add wild mushrooms to your diet because of their unique nutritional and medicinal benefits. In this post, we will introduce you to the health benefits of eating wild mushrooms.Read More »
  • Sustainable Mushroom Foraging, and Why it’s so Important

    Sustainable Mushroom Foraging, and Why it’s so Important

    When confronted with a patch of edible mushrooms in the woods, especially rare and delicious ones, we are often overcome with excitement. As foragers, we often pick each and every delicious mushroom in sight, not out of greed, but out of glee. However, these tendencies are detrimental not only to …Read More »
  • White’s Creek Trail: An Incredible Hub of Biodiversity

    White’s Creek Trail: An Incredible Hub of Biodiversity

    A couple of weekends ago, Eric and I, accompanied by friends John and Sammy, drove four hours southeast to explore the Irish Wilderness, Missouri's largest wilderness area. We hiked White's Creek Trail, starting from the Camp Five Pond Trailhead, over two days. Although the loop is listed at 17.4 miles, …Read More »
  • Big Spring, Blue Spring, and Falling Spring

    Big Spring, Blue Spring, and Falling Spring

    While Eric was hiking on Memorial Day Weekend, I was spending some more relaxed time outdoors with my family. Although we have owned property near Ellington, MO for almost a year now, we have been so busy spending time on the property that this was one of our first forays …Read More »
  • Bell Mountain Loop Trail: Missouri’s Best Sunrise

    Bell Mountain Loop Trail: Missouri’s Best Sunrise

    For Eric's birthday, we decided to check out the 11.6-mile Bell Mountain Loop Trail, which had been on our list to check out for a while. Eric was off work on Friday (state holidays are great) but was moving slowly that morning; so, after the three-hour drive and an extremely …Read More »
  • Ozark Trail Current River Section: A Surprisingly Dry Excursion

    Ozark Trail Current River Section: A Surprisingly Dry Excursion

    Over Memorial Day Weekend, my cousins, John, Alex, and Phillip, and I decided we wanted to hike the Current River Section of the Ozark Trail: an ambitious, 30-mile excursion through true Ozark wilderness. This noteworthy section of the trail provides several opportunities for adventure and recreation along the way. Although …Read More »
  • Three Creeks Conservation Area: A Columbia Favorite

    Three Creeks Conservation Area: A Columbia Favorite

    Located just south of Columbia, Three Creeks Conservation Area offers a nice escape from the city without a long drive. Three Creeks is comparable to the nearby Rock Bridge State Park, but with the benefit of significantly fewer visitors. If you visit Three Creeks on a Monday after the weekend …Read More »