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Nice relatively easy hike, mild grade. Fabulous view at the bluff at the end. Definitely worth it.

Loved the views.

23 days ago

Great hike today with Stl female trekkers.

1 month ago

Nice easy trail

Just the right amount of trail for an after-work ride.

I really like this trail. There was a clear path most of the way and multiple changes in elevation. It wasn’t really high but enough to keep it interesting. I passed several hikers along the way, but overall very quiet. The only thing that was missing is a beautiful lookout!

Beautiful fall hike in rolling hills.


on River Scene Trail Loop

1 month ago

Nice overlooks. Crowed but nice trail. My boys loved the nearby train and the water

Would have given it a 5 star but poorly marked. Markers are only every mile. A simple blaze system would eliminate this. Started at the West end. The first half mile I was off trail and had to back track and then drove to Lone Elk lot to restart. Hiking rated difficult but only moderate at best. Completed the entire 13 miles plus. Will retry. Positives: very few on trail, peaceful, hills.

This trail has it all- hills in and out of the trees, a fantastic view at the top, off-paths for bicycles, and runs right by the river. It’s a local favorite.

trail running
2 months ago

Nice one for a cross country run but also nice to get away from the concrete of the city. It can seem like ur out in the country in some spots of the park. Too many deer in this park though and they look unhealthy

2 months ago

This is the best trail in the state. I have hundreds of miles here running, cycling, walking etc. plus they have restrooms near. Love Forest Park Forever!

This nature preserve had some pretty scenery, but even coated with bug spray head-to-toe and with multiple reapplications, I ended up with 48 mosquitos bites (but who’s counting?!). Seriously—it’s a very buggy, swampy hike. There was a constant buzzing / whirring sound in the distance—maybe farm equipment? We also heard numerous gunshots nearby. There were some trail markers, but without a phone/gps, we would have been pretty lost; even with it, we veered off course onto private property numerous times. Also note that Apple Maps directed us way off course and into the swamp (the AllTrails map to the trailhead is correct, however, so use that one!). This was probably my least favorite hike in the STL area.

Great views all the way through, I would recommend this hike. Prepare yourself for the armada of mosquitoes though haha!

2 months ago

My first time hiking and I thought it was not only easy enough but beautiful. I saw the bluffs with the river view and a creek bed. Lots of great photo opportunities

nature trips
2 months ago

Beautiful scenery & lots of wildlife (especially deer). Great walk & very well maintained.

nice trail... took 1 hour 15 min.

Gorgeous trail! A good mix of paved and gravel trail

I loved this trail!

Easy but fun hike.

2 months ago

This is my favorite trail!!! Always clean. Everyone is so friendly. Almost everyone has their dogs there! Beautiful scenery, great spots for pictures!!!

2 months ago

Quick hike; good hill factor and the views from the top are soooooo worth it!

It was a beautiful trail, but poorly and confusingly marked. Even using the map here on Alltrails, somehow I wound up only going 2.3 miles. I suspect I missed a turn somewhere. More flashes, like in the state parks, would be helpful--

I enjoyed the rocky terrain of the trail. I didn’t care for the busy road noise right next to the trail.

road biking
3 months ago

Very safe during the day. Family friendly. Love forest park!

Great trail, lots of shade. Good when you want to get in a quick hike.

3 months ago

Definitely would recommend, trail can get confusing. Easy to walk and even good if you wanted to run it!

I'll start with the positive...

Okay, now I'll share some of the disappointing aspects. This was a boring meander through an overgrown prairie. They call it Stemler Cave Woods, but there is no cave on the premises and no Stemlers. There was just woods...and for about half the trail, it wasn't even woods as much as large bushes. It felt like we were walking a random path someone mowed through the median of an interstate. Don't waste the time driving here if you aren't local. This is mislabeled at best.

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