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There was a prescribed burn in progress, so we had to modify our planned route. Half the loop is flat, in the bottoms below the bluff. The other half is on the bluff, up and down from one beautiful overlook to another. Lots of dogs and people. Beautiful trail for so close in to the city.

Great hiking trails through hills and valleys, lowlands, and bluffs overlooking MO River. I have gone off trail into farmer’s field and hiked the woods between other fields to find more solitude and see more wildlife such as deer and a coyote.

13 days ago

Cute water fountain and a lot of cool dogs here in the afternoon

During good weather it can be rather congested with people, but great views.

We trekked this one today, the bottom running along the river was quite muddy and you found yourself doing the Fred Flintstone trying to maintain balance in several spots. Once you cross under the RR tracks and start your ascension on the staircase you find very spectacular views from the cliffs edge. Some of the trail crosses the lonewolf and white trails. Some areas rugged others moderate over all a nice trek. Only down fall was it was so busy you couldn’t find parking in some areas. You also literally had to give way to traffic in some areas on the trail due to hikers.

2nd time on this trail. We LOVE it. It will be a repeated trail going forward. This time we got to see elk and deer! Keep your eyes open as they blend in well and many of the elk were laying right next to the trail. Respect their environment and space.

Great hike. Well marked.

19 days ago

Well maintained path. Not too much foot traffic. Decent views. Scattered receptacles for trash dog waste

Excellent hike - a bit muddy in spots but well worth it - the river over looks were great

Awesome trail that starts with a steep climb and then levels off for a great view of the river. Doubles back after descending a huge set of stairs. Just took the hike during wet weather/snow and even the river bottoms were solid enough to walk without too much mud.

What a great hike, lots of great river views from the outcroppings on the bluffs. Will definitely do it again!

Lots of great scenic overlooks of the Meramec River as you gain elevation. Then it levels out for a very casual walk along the banks/woods along the river, the sound of the moving water is very relaxing. Downside (for me) is that it is fairly heavily trafficked by a lot of causal users that do a lot of loud talking.

1 month ago

I walk here a lot as it’s only a few minutes from home. Lots of asphalt and gravel, pretty level and easy walk. Downside is that it backs up to roads and residential areas. Also, heavily trafficked and loud.

Favorite trail with lots of big hill climbing and great views of the Missouri River. Crowded on weekends but if you go early you can enjoy some solitude.

The parks are what makes St. Louis a great place to live.

1 month ago

Tourists and residents alike I suggest getting a Forest Park Guide book or read on the history of the park/area before embarking on park exploration, this will make the experience more enriching.

Lots of WW2 ruins, good vistas. Surprised I have not repeated it. Will soon.

My favorite trail in STL. Great vistas and varied terrain. Biggest negative is the traffic sounds.

1 month ago

A nice, flat pavement for a run, walk, or bike ride as short or as long as you’d like! 60 degree weather in January made this perfect today.

Lewis Trail is 8.3 miles. Clark Trail is 5.3 miles. Both have great river views and some good hills. Always a great hike!

Great trail! Challenging, great views. The trail is marked well. Looking forward to hiking again this spring!!

Lewis has a lot less traffic on it than Clark. Very few icy spots. Trail was in good condition and easy to follow. There is one spot where a sign would be helpful - there is a cut to the Katy Trail that is easy to mistake for the trail. Distance is 8.2 miles.

Nice place to take young kids. Paved trail, steep in parts, can't bring dogs.

2 months ago

Nice trail along the river.

2 months ago

Beautiful views of the river. Impressive crinoid stems in the rocks on the bluff.

Saw elk, bison, deer, ducks and nice people. Can’t beat that.

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2 months ago

A must run! Long trail that’s paved and extremely well maintained throughout the year. Awesome views of Grant’s Farm and the Clydesdales. Bathrooms are closed in the winter. Multiple places where you have to wait for traffic to stop to cross the road. My go to when I need a long run.

LOVED this trail and will do time and again. It was a well balanced hike with the moderate climbs sprinkled throughout the three miles. We spotted at least ten deer as well as many tracks of deer and elk. The three miles were marked clearly every mile which was helpful and appreciated. FYI...no dogs allowed on this trail due to the animal activity in the park.

2 months ago

Saw elk on the hiking trail. Also drove thru the bison area and saw bison resting about 50 yds off the road.

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