The Missouri Department of Conservation encourages everyone to enjoy the outdoors this Saturday, National Trails Day.

Two basic types of trails are available for hiking in western Missouri: footpaths through forest, woodlands or grasslands and gravel or service roads normally closed to vehicle traffic.

Multiple trails are available in the Kansas City area including:

• Burr Oak Woods Nature Center and Conservation Area, 401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs, 816-228-3766. It has an extensive trail system through forest, woodlands and restored native grasses. Some trails are paved and accessible for those with mobility challenges. Some trails cut through scenic limestone rock outcrops.

• James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area, 12405 S.E. Ranson Road, Lee's Summit, 816-622-0900. This area offers forest, fields, restored grasslands, lakes and a marsh.

• George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence., 816-325-7115. This area offers forests, a lake and trails.

• Waterfall Park Loop, near Bass Pro Shops, 18001 Bass Pro Drive, Independence. This paved path is a 1.2-mile loop.

• Fleming Park trails in the area surrounding Lake Jacomo provide varied scenery and hiking adventures.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, remember to take a mask and hand sanitizer on your hike.

– Submitted to The Examiner