It's a nice hike. You're on the trail and then suddenly it just stops because there's not a bridge to go over the stream. It looks like there was a cement bridge there. We went back around and crossed a makeshift path that goes through the riverbed. There are not any signs to warn you about this. Depending on which way you start out, it's either at the very end (if you start at the dogwood trailhead) or very beginning.
I have seen reviews about the traffic noise. I personally didn't find it bothersome. You're safely next to the road for 0.05 miles basically. It's not all that big of a deal.
Was ok. Wanted to run the 2.5 mile blue trail but didn't find that trail head. Portion I ran was mostly flat and gravel. Definitely geared more towards horses. I may study the map and try to make my way up onto the ridge and other trails next time.
Joella O. on Dogwood Loop Trail
Meadow D. on Dogwood Loop Trail
This is one of my favorite hiking spots for a peaceful hike. The drone of the highway is louder if you take the ridge further into the area, especially in the winter, but in the warmer months the lush forest blocks a lot of the noise. For large portions of the hike I can't hear it at all. The wildflowers are beautiful here in the spring and summer, and half of the time I don't see another person there. The flat, Meadow-like areas aren't challenging but feel like I've been transported much further out of the city. Very tranquil and relaxing.
Many trails criss cross the area and are more or less well marked.
The area is multi use, however, horse riders either don't care or are unfamiliar with the concept of trail erosion. Most of these trails are impassable mucks with dry stretches in between.
Overall a pretty walk with road noise toward the north.
Nice trail located in the Fenton/Eureka area. Good hills and wide trails make for a challenged but peaceful hike. North side of the trail gets a lot of Interstate 44 noise, but rest of trail is peaceful. Since it is open to horseback riders there is horse manure on parts of the trail.
I enjoy this trail. I only do the hiking only portion and not the equestrian trail. The hiking trail is around 3 miles for the longer loop. The first portion is a along and open grass prairie and the second half is a nice hike through the woods. Be sure to check out the losing stream near the beginning.