5 Best Missouri Hiking Spots for Jeep Drivers

There’s nothing in the world that says “the great outdoors” quite like venturing into the wilderness in your brand-new Jeep Wrangler. If you or one of your loved ones has a Jeep but hasn’t had the chance to go off on a fun hiking trip yet, then why not plan one soon? Here’s some recommendations for the best Missouri hiking spots.

Ozark Trail

When it’s finished, this trail will be over 500 miles long and stretch the length of the Ozark Mountains. Check out the 35-mile-long Taum Sauk section.

Natural Tunnel Trail

Head to this scenic trail in the Bennet Spring State Park to see the Bennet Spring Natural Tunnel, a 296-foot long passage. It also features diverse terrain.

Ha Ha Tonka state Park

Ha Ha Tonka State Park. Photo by Jason Runyon.

Lewis and Clark Trail

How could you pass up a trail named after the most famous adventurers of the pioneer era? View stunning limestone cliffs and the Missouri River.

Ha Ha Tonka State Park

14 trails await you in this state park, including the otherworldly Devil’s Kitchen, Turkey Pen Hollow, and Colloseum Trail.

Mark Twain National Forest

This nationally-recognized forest is too huge to be explored all in one day, but some highlights include the 12,000-acre Hercules Glade Wilderness, the Rutherford Bridge, and Cedar Creek Trail.

Mark Twain National Forest

Mark Twain National Forest. Photo by Bhanu Tadlnada.

Need a Jeep to help you get to these scenic Missouri hiking spots? Just stop by our dealership here at Gary Wood today.

Summer Maintenance Tips

summer maintenance tips

Winter may seem harsh on a vehicle, but summer takes its toll on our cars as well. Make sure your vehicle from Gary Wood stays in great condition throughout the season by following these summer maintenance tips.


Summer is the season of road trips. Before your hit the pavement, prepare your car’s tires for all of the miles you’ll be putting on it. Make sure that their air pressure remains at the recommended PSI consistently for safe handling and the best possible gas mileage, and see that your tires remain free of cracks or debris stuck in the tread.

Coolant System

Your car gets hot in the sun, too. Check under your hood and make sure you have enough coolant fluid and that the hoses and your coolant reservoir look to be in good condition. Watch for cracks and leaks, and squeeze the hose to see that its firm rather than squishy.

Air Filter

There’s enough pollen and pollutants in the air as it is. Make sure you’re car is getting the cleanest air possible by changing your air filter at the beginning of the summer. This task is usually simple to do by yourself, but when in doubt you can always bring your vehicle into Gary Wood and let us handle your summer maintenance for you.

Fun Missouri Road Trips

Missouri Road Trip Area

Taking a much-needed road trip to a premier destination is one of the great things about owning a reliable and capable vehicle. Whether you’re looking for a hot vacation spot or a relaxing getaway, odds are there’s a place that’s right for you here in Missouri. The following are just a few fun Missouri road trips you can take in your new Chrysler, Dodge, or Jeep, from us here at Gary Wood.

  • Hotel Frederick – Those looking for a short trip from home will find it just an hour and 40 minutes from Kansas City. Built in 1905, Hotel Frederick features elegant art from the 1900s, with maps and historic pieces as well. 25 rooms and suites make it a great place to spend a few nights away.
  • Lakeview Resort – Located in Sunrise Beach, the Lakeview Resort is just under three hours from Kansas City. A total of 80 guest cottages feature anywhere from one to six rooms. Visitors also have access to the Natural Pebble Swim Area and a number of activities, like volleyball.
  • Grand Avenue – Dating back to 1863, the Grand Avenue Bed and Breakfast offers a historic touch for modern visitors. A wrap-around front porch and a collection of antiques make it a lovely place to spend a weekend. Five guest rooms offer plenty of amenities that are sure to leave guests more than satisfied with their experience.

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