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hiking
4 days ago

When I have more time I plan to come back and explore the rocks below.

hiking
8 days ago

Rocky path that was muddy in places despite little recent rain. Would definitely recommend good hiking shoes, as I stubbed my toes and tripped a few times, and would have been hurting without my boots. Very difficult to read the signs, and without the downloaded map from this app, I would have gotten lost easily. Lots of mountain bikers at the parking lot, but didn’t run into many people on the trails. Came across several whitetail deer, though! The scenery was nice along the river, and I’m sure it will be prettier with foliage. The mapped route was about 6.2 miles and took about 1 hour 45 minutes at a good clip, though I did go down the wrong path and have to turn back several times.

The long trail is about 2.5 miles, including gravel paths, large stones, and pavement closer to the nature center. Nicely groomed, no trash on the trails. Canada geese, mallards, squirrels, and hawks were out. Not too stunning in the dead of winter, but good views of the river and some streams. Sure to be much prettier with more foliage. Lots of people out on a nice day, but not too crowded.

Hiked 12/18. Nice variety of surface for easy to moderate hike. But little elevation change. Good tree coverage for hotter weather. Or to block wind. A creek crossing in two places that is higher than shoes and boots. And beautiful water fall area. Nice spot to stop for a while.
More isolated access off gravel forest road. Views mostly of trees and the two creek areas with one opening to expansive view.
Dog friendly
met 3 parties on trail
No restrooms at parking area or water

Trail colors are not marked out very well easy to get direction turned around.

Trails are moderate to difficult in places.

The trail was an easy walk especially with small children. I didn’t find the trail overly scenic and there was a fair amount of garbage.

hiking
13 days ago

This is a beautiful trail with diverse scenery. We did this hike on a warm January day, and it was so refreshing! The moss-covered boulders and babbling stream were magical!

Awesome bike trail and walking trail!

I love this trail. It’s very trafficked, but it’s still a good trail, especially for kids or beginners. I almost always see multiple types of wildlife, including deer. There’s multiple different trails, so you can choose your difficulty.

hiking
19 days ago

Hiked in late December- with my 4yr old- the bridge at the beginning is missing so it is good to wear water proof shoes. There are 2 creek crossings and we all made it with dry feet but being December I was a bit nervous about shoes getting wet in cold. We look forward to going back when wild flowers are in bloom. My Apple Watch said the trail was 3.8 miles - its new so I don't know if the trail is really that long or if my watch is off.

hiking
20 days ago

Hiked in late December so the views were open to the other hill tops. We are going back in summer and take advantage of creeks!! A nice quick hike!

Beautiful! Can’t wait to go back when we can get an earlier start to cover more trails.

hiking
20 days ago

This trail map is completely different than the trail we walked, which was blazed red. The trail we walked was also about 4.25 miles instead of 2.9. This is why I gave it such a low rating. It was beautiful, but the trail map is completely wrong on the AllTrails site.

my first visit yesterday. I've been riding for 2 years and two rivers is my normal ride. did other blue and green trails. trail marking is poor. I had to check the map on my phone a couple of times. trails were damp with some mud. a lot of comments about roots and rocks. they are present but I didn't think they were bad. two rivers is smoother and white river is worse. very little elevation change. I went counterclockwise which seemed easier. lots of turns so it's not high speed. will hit it again

backpacking
30 days ago

Great trail. Easy to keep a good pace but can lack markings in places so be sure to have a good way to navigate. Great trail for an easy weekend backpacking trip.

Very pretty, right beside creek.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hiking spot!

on Sac River Trail

hiking
1 month ago

very fun and really good scenery

hiking
1 month ago

Well blazed trail with some scenic lake views, especially during the winter. A bald eagle flew from a branch overlooking the lake as we walked by. I would rate this trail as easy and not moderate.

hiking
1 month ago

great trail, but not a lot of markings so a map or GPS would be really helpful. beautiful scenery. it was raining when we hiked it so we were completely alone.

First time hiking the Mark Twain Forest. Trail head was actually for two different trails, in the same campground, Greer Rec Area north of Alton, Mo. Well kept campground, trail head was easy to find (see photos). Ample parking and restrooms too. The trail was well marked in the beginning but as time went on the markings were scarcer, some needed replacing. Trail was covered with leaves (its December) but able to be followed if you pay attention. Would have given this a 5 rating except the description was wrong, this trail is much longer than described. The distance "Out" is actually about 7.5 miles, one way, which would make a 15 mile out and back, not 8.8 miles. I stopped at 5.1 and made a cross country trek of about 1/4 mile and dropped down to the River Trail for my return and still ended up with 8.2 miles. So, the "loop" at the end of my "out" venture is not a trail as I had to trail blaze it down a small canyon. I hooked up with the River Trail and came back that way. All in all it was a nice hike, but next time I will stick to the "Upland trail" to the end and allow myself more time. A word of caution, the River Trail will be full of bugs and snakes come warm weather, so prepare accordingly. No worries on the upper "Upland Trail".

Unfortunately the campground is closed (locked gates), and I didn’t see any other place to park to access the trailhead. Hope to get back at some point in the future.

This trail was not marked very well. My daughter and I got lost and enjoyed a 10 mile hike instead. Thankfully a very gracious woman was able to redirect us to the end of this trail as she has hiked it several times.

Lovely hike. It took us about four hours with a couple of wrong turns. Be sure to have a good map and/or GPS so you don’t miss the turns.

Spectacular views. Perfect fall weather‼️

Spectacular views & perfect fall weather!

hiking
2 months ago

Spectacular hike. This is our go-to trail for local Hillsboro, and we have been here many times. The fall colors were amazing and we did this 2.8 mile hike in a brisk 45 minutes. We saw nobody on the trail during our hike. There were occasional horse droppings on the trail since people do ride their horses on the trail. We recommend going to the right and walking the loop counterclockwise, saving the open glades portion to the end.

Fun hike! Lots of going up and down hills but short enough not to kill you. The views with the fall leaves were beautiful. I did this trail in about an hour and 40 minutes but my very excited dog set the pace :) We only passed about 4 or 5 other people on a Saturday afternoon.

Absolutely beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

My friends and I started at Greer Rec Area with the intent to hike up to the bluff overlooking the river. (This would be hiking west towards McCormack Lake.) It was so overgrown we were unable to tell where the path was and unable to see trail markers so we had to turn back. That makes me sad. My family hiked from McCormack Lake to Greer every summer when our kids were young. And we still talk about the stinging nettle we encountered on one of those hikes!! :-P

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