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Easy hike! There are a few trails but nothing terrible. There is a dog park so you can tap up the hike with your pup and the dog park. I enjoy it and go there often.

Ran this trail, challenging hills, decent straight aways, definitely do it again

Beautiful hike. Will be back.

Great Missouri hike

first mile loop was paved and great for kids with stroller

Watch for leaves, very easy to fall with lots of rocks underneath.

hiking
28 days ago

Great hike today with Stl female trekkers.

hiking
29 days ago

Fun trail with great scenery. Leaves made it difficult to see the trail in a few places, but it was well marked, so we didn't have much trouble.

A great hike with pretty views! It was pretty muddy though!

My favorite trail near me.

hiking
1 month ago

Start from the parking lot at the Meeting building and go up the Overlook Trail which looks over the river. At the top the trail starts and follows the bluff along the river. There is a fence to keep you from straying too close. It then meanders down the hill to the creek leaving you to walk back up the hill to the parking lot. Very pretty views.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike with plenty of fall color. Busted a 6 point buck and saw 5 does, one within 15 feet of me. Hilly enough to make it a good workout.

Nice hike but way too many people for me. When I arrived there were 50 cars in the lots. I saw 25 people and 6 dogs on the trail. Very pretty but I like it more secluded. Lots of sandstone cliffs and water. Beautiful colors.

This is a must! Did first two miles with my dog counterclockwise. A few nice spots in canyon right away after paved trail. Took the brown cut off trail due to time which was about 2 miles in and cutoff was pretty short. Wasn’t sure if people were talking about mainly hiking through the canyon most of the way to see more or what, but that what it looked like when you first reach it. . But will start clockwise next time. Would be pretty to see water. But perfect time for the colored trees.

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!

Nice view of the Missouri river with some good elevation change. Wide, even path and well-trafficked.

hiking
1 month ago

I enjoyed the peace and quiet. The only wildlife I saw was a caterpillar and a bunny, along with a few flying insects.

Beautiful

hiking
1 month ago

Quick hike for active hikers, a nice stroll for beginners with some decent altitude. We managed it in roughly 35-40mins with two dogs and a couple of short stops. As said already, there is a perimeter fence on the bluffs so the views are restricted. Overall a good trail for a quicky or a decent running workout.

walking
2 months ago

The blacktop path at Quail Ridge Park is a nice all-weather, meandering loop trail used mainly for walking or jogging. Even though I have walked this path dozens of times I have rarely seen bicycles on it.

I personally prefer to park at the lower, southwest corner of the park and walk counterclockwise. That gives one a flat start to warm up on before you head uphill. I always prefer to get the uphill done first and the downhill at the end.

However, one can park at 6 or more points around the park and pick up the path at any of those places. There are many pavilions and some modern vault toilets at some of those parking areas. There is also an 18-hole disc golf course and a building housing the National Horseshoe Pitchers Hall of Fame.

This path takes you around the wooded perimeter and a central prairie area which has a fenced-in dog park at the lower end. If you walk the trail as I do, near the highest point of the loop is a educational garden of Missouri prairie plants with signs designating their common names.

This park is one of my go-to spots to walk after rainy weather when hiking trails are muddy. In fact, I sometimes will even walk this in the rain (and I'm usually not the only one) assuming that there is no lightning.

Quail Ridge Park is part of the Saint Charles County Park system. It is not a place I'd recommend if you're coming from afar, but if you are within a 15 minutes drive, check it out.

There are several hidden gems along these trails. Pick your terrain: paved, crushed stone, sandy, or dirt. In the woods, next to a river, shaded trail that's kid friendly, wheelchair accessible, mountain biking, hiking, this system of trails cover them all.

Rock Hollow begins on Ridge Rd at the elementary school. It's paved with woods on either side of the trail. My niece is in a wheelchair. While it was a little challenging going up the incline in the last mile back to the car, it wasn't a deterrent from coming back a second time. For those who don't want a cultivated paved trail, endure it for a mile or so. You'll get to a few entrances into the woods for a more rugged hike or mountain biking. 10 miles worth I believe. I don't know where the one to the left goes. I hiked it for about an hour linear then turned back. The trail to the right of the Rock Hollow trail goes to Bluffview which overlooks The Meramec River. Rock Hollow, Al Foster, and another trail (I don't remember its name) all converge. It's all well marked.

Sherman Park has the Al Foster trail to the right. It's crushed stone and also wheelchair friendly. It's well shaded and runs along the Meramec River. If you go to the left at the trailhead, it's sandy beach type terrain only for 5 or ten minutes. Then it's into the woods for hiking.

If you want to go hiking or even just walking in seclusion, my advice is to hit it early on a weekday.

nice trail... took 1 hour 15 min.

Pretty hike! You have to go off the main trail if you really want to explore the canyons. We passed quite a few people and a few dogs.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this trail, however we did Jacks Loop and Cattle Ridge together which was a tad over 5 miles. Beautiful scenery, various terrain, but overall a pretty simple hike. Will definitely do it again!

hiking
2 months ago

great trail with lots of twists and turns. Dog friendly, beautiful bluff views and interesting geology

hiking
2 months ago

The Hogsback Trail is a 1.16 mile long loop trail that you can access from the Overlook Trail near the meeting center.
The trail is pretty rugged but an easy feat. It has fences along the edge to keep you from getting too close to the edge of the cliffs overlooking the Missouri River. Therefore, views during the summer months aren’t too great here unless you’re willing to risk the $1,000 fine and duck through the fence real quick. I took the trail looking for scenic views so not having any very clear shots, I turned back at the switchback down the hill. The Overlook Trail is where I recommend going in this park if you want to see some scenic views!

This park is a gem!

2 months ago

Great hike!!!

hiking
2 months ago

Picked a very warm September afternoon to hike. It’s a good trail that is well marked. There were a few downed trees across the trail that we had to go around.

Nice trail. Marked well. Went on a Friday morning, saw several other hikers/runners. Beautiful view overlooking the Missouri River. Good workout. Enjoyed it a lot.

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