Loutre River Trail is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Montgomery City, MO that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Loutre River Trail at Graham Cave State Park is a 2.25 mile loop trail located near Montgomery City, Missouri. The trail is used for hiking. It parallels the Loutre river before ascending the hardwood forested hills before it passes by the campgrounds before ending back at the trail's origin. Following the Loutre River, the trail travels along the river road as it heads to the north camping area. Experience a high quality example of a bottomland forest in the flood plain of the Loutre River. Among the characteristic trees of this natural community are bur oaks, with huge acorns that have shaggy-fringed caps, and Kentucky coffee trees, with pods that contain seeds that pioneers used to make a coffee like drink. Below the tree canopy is an understory of pawpaws, Ohio buckeyes and spicebush. The trail parallels the Loutre River as you head from the boat ramp area to the north camping areas. There is also a rich variety of wildflowers that includes the showy blue-eyed Mary and rare false mermaid. Wildlife includes birds like northern parula warblers and butterflies such as the zebra swallowtail. Periodic flooding from the river makes the soil of this bottomland community very fertile and productive.
The trail was well marked but in some places it was very muddy due to the recent rainstorm. It wasn't crowded. It takes you up a hill that could be steep for some, but the trail along the river was flat and easy to walk.
Flat trail along the river with some nice views.
The trail is very ordinary but does you give you a chance to stretch your legs.
We enjoyed this one, despite the scarey thunderstorm that passed through over nite! Full review later!