Hermann is a great place for outdoor adventures. Visitors can find activities ranging from a leisurely stroll around the historic district to an exhilarating zip through the forest. Several self-guided walking tours also give visitors a chance to learn about the community’s history.
Bikers can enjoy a family outing or challenge themselves with some of the 400 feet of vertical climb offered by Hermann’s famous hills. A protected eight-foot bike lane on the Missouri River Bridge provides safe access to the Katy Trail, the nation’s longest rails-to-trails project. The McKittrick trailhead is just a mile north of Hermann.
Nearby state parks and conservation areas offer hiking, hunting, and camping in Missouri’s forestlands. A nine-hole golf course and several Agritourism businesses, including our wineries, distilleries, and breweries, add to the selection of outdoor adventures in the Hermann area.
Here is a video preview of some of the outdoor adventures awaiting visitors to Hermann.
489 South Highway 19
New Florence, MO 63363
An outdoor activity for the entire family, Eco Adventures features over a mile of ziplines at heights of up to 250 feet for amazing nature views. The courses utilize living trees and the natural contours of the land to provide an eco-friendly zipline adventure. Minimal walking necessary. Reservations required.
217 Highway TT
Danville, MO 63361-5509
Graham Cave State Park provides opportunities for both recreation and education. Graham Cave and Graham Cave Trail are marked with interpretive exhibits detailing the cultural and natural significance of the site. The park also has a campground, and a boat ramp provides access to the Loutre River for boating and fishing.
Access the GuidiGO app, search for Hermann Missouri. This app gives visitors an interactive tour of many of the buildings in the historic downtown area.
Hermann Self-Guided Walking Trails
The Hermann walking tours are a great option for those looking to explore the rich history of this charming German town. Walking tours allow visitors to stroll at a leisurely pace through Hermann’s idyllic streets to learn about the early settlers and the hard work and perseverance that have made the town what it is today. A description of each tour is available in the PDF links below and at the Visitor Information Center.
This self-guided tour follows a straight path uphill from Hermannhof Winery to Highway H. Along with beautiful scenery, visitors will see glimpses of Hermann’s past.
An easy stroll around the park and surrounding neighborhood tells parts of Hermann’s story, from the unusual Rotunda Building to a memorial to Hermann’s benefactor, Charles Eitzen, who made a fortune in shipping and lumber.
This tour tells the stories of some of Hermann’s oldest homes in an easy one-block stroll that begins and ends at Deutschheim State Historic Site.
Explores the downtown historic district starting at Deutschheim State Historic Site, continuing with the sights along the riverfront, and returning to the Welcome Center via Schiller and Fourth streets.
526 East First Street
Hermann Farm engages the public in the story of Hermann’s historical significance through tours, classes, and cultural events. During tours, visitors learn about the history of Hermann, hear about the legacy of Charles Teubner, George Husmann, and Charles Manwaring, and get a taste of what it was like to live on a farm in Hermann during the mid-1800s. Tours make stops at the 1847 Teubner-Husmann home, the 12,000 square foot stone barn, and the 19th century Rasche homestead. Visitors are also treated to a visit with the farm’s Shire horses and a tasting at Black Shire Distillery.
Hermann riverfront Park Boat Ramp, Landing & Launch
Riverfront Park, access via Wharf Street
The boat ramp allows visitors to put in boats, kayaks, and canoes for adventures on the Missouri River.
The Katy Trail State Park is the longest developed rail-trail in the country. Accessible from Hermann via the Missouri River Bridge biking/hiking lane and the wide bike lane/shoulder of Highway 19. Parking adjacent to the trail is available at the McKittrick trailhead. Biking and hiking.
1100 Miller Street
New Haven, Missouri
Canoe and kayak rental for Missouri River. Guided Missouri River tours in 12-person canoe, including regular Hermann-New Haven route.
567 Gaugh Lane
Sage Mountain Recreation Area provides great outdoor adventures, from rock climbing to cave exploration, hiking and backcountry camping. Groups and couples can choose from a variety of guided and personalized adventures and retreat opportunities.
Tower Road, Warren County
This 3,520-acre area is rich in plants and animals, such as deer, turkey, squirrel, pileated woodpeckers, and forest birds. A hike through the area will lead visitors through deep valleys, woodlands, savannas, glades, and rugged wooded hills. The area has opportunities for camping, hunting, bird watching, fishing, and trails for biking, horseback riding, and hiking.
Bluffton Road (County Road 291)
Rhineland, Montgomery County
A two-mile trail at Grand Bluffs leads to a scenic overlook deck atop 300-foot-high dolomite bluffs, providing spectacular views of the Missouri River and the productive farmland in the floodplain below the bluffs.
Route B or Route EE
Pendleton, Warren County
Little Lost Creek is a partially spring-fed Ozark stream. The 2,899-acre area consists mostly of oak/hickory forests, woodlands, and glades. Some open fields provide native prairie grasses to ensure food and cover for numerous species of wildlife. The area provides opportunities for hunting, bird watching, camping, and trails for biking, horseback riding, and hiking.