Dogwood Loop Trail is a 2.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near High Ridge, MO and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.
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.
The highway was very loud and there must be a shooting range near. Very pretty.
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.
i liked the trail much more than i was expecting...plenty of wildlife and it was not crowded. i am definitely going back. there was traffic noise but it wasn't very annoying.
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.
Great. The traffic noise on the ridge was loud but behind the ridge is was perfect.
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.
We love Forest 44. Very good for all levels of equistrian riders. There are some who need to freshen up on trail etiquette though. :) Love the park!!!
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.
Not a favorite. Limited trail access to the massive area that is Forest 44. Lots of equestrian activity so watching out for horse stool...