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beautiful fall variations of color during this time of year.

Beautiful hike on a well maintained trail.

hiking
20 days ago

Flat trail, easy, used by bikes also.

Beautiful fall hike in rolling hills.

Beautiful 60 degree day, very sunny and windy. Trail was in excellent condition. Awesome hike with lots of elevation change and some cool creek/drainage crossings.

road biking
26 days ago

We tried to do the Al Foster trail starting with the directions at Castlewood Park. You have to take the river scene trail a ways to get there. This is definitely mountain biking - not road biking. Pretty trail but would not call this “easy” for kids to bike

great as always! lotta vegetation creeping up on the paths + fallen trees. also be on guard for bikers hauling butt thru some very thin trails at some points. No ticks at this time but plenty of pesky gnats + flies.

hiking
1 month ago

If you live close by, I can see that this trail is handy to get out and "stretch your legs." I knew it was quite busy on the weekends so I visited on a Wednesday in late September.

The section along the Meramec River from the Glencoe trailhead to Sherman Beach Park was the most busy section.

I only encountered 1 biker and 1 trail runner between Sherman Beach Park and the turn around point in Castlewood SP. And, there was only one car parked at the Sherman Beach Park lot.

The walk is easy but I just didn't feel like I was hiking as it felt too suburban at several points. But, if you live nearby, it certainly makes for a nice place to get out for some exercise.

BTW, the trail as shown on the map is not a loop but is instead an out-and-back trail.

2 months ago

Great for kids

Love this trail! Well marked, but I did get confused and ended up on the Hamburg Trail over half way through. I retraced my steps and took a right to follow the electrical lines and BAM! I was back on the trail. Over all, lots of bikers and switchbacks, but that kept me on my toes and interested. The perfect hike for my pup and I! Beautiful scenery, streams, and weather. Bring plenty of food and water for the both of you; you’ll be out there for awhile :)

mountain biking
2 months ago

Great trail. Where is the turn to get back to parking lot if you want to stay off hamburg trail?

Great mix of hilly and more level terrain. gets your heart rate up without being too steep.

The distance is best thing about this trail. Not much elevation change and a lot of abandoned roads. Watch out for bikers.

hiking
3 months ago

beautiful trail. Lots of covered trail and mostly paved. it's got maybe 2 or 3 hills but nothing difficult. it's really beautiful and not a lot of traffic. very peaceful

trail running
3 months ago

Great running trail. Light traffic consisted of a couple hikers and a couple bikers. If you haven't been before be sure to leave yourself plenty of daylight or bring lights. My run turned out to be just over 15 miles due to a few wrong turns... oops. I'll be going back again for sure.

hiking
3 months ago

Not a bad hike overall. Hiked it on 30 Jul, 2018 after a few days of light rain. Made the trail slick on the rocks and muddy in the dirt. Summer tree canopy made it not very scenic but it was a nice day in the woods. Since it's a smaller trail and conservation area, there was some road noise on the portions of the trail near the boundary lines but overall was a quiet place. Lots of wildlife and unfortunately, spider webs all over the trail. Probably could have shaved 20 minutes off the total time if I was not constantly reenacting Harry Potter spells with the stick I was using to clear the webs. The trail itself is nearly impossible to lose as it's basically an ATV trail. The true distance is less than the advertised 8.1 miles. Even with shooting down some of the side trails and loops, I hit 7 miles even right at the parking area. Good hills to get the heart rate up and legs feeling the fun but pretty mild over the rest of the trail.

Hiked this trail Sunday 7-29-18. I did not do the small Taconic Loop, only the main big loop. A couple of steep climbs, but otherwise easy. Trail is actually a well marked narrow 4x4 Jeep road. The hike is 100% in the woods and a few clearings, but no long views of any kind, which I was hoping for. Lots of nice creek beds and rocky drainages, and typical MO hardwood forest. Plenty of wildflowers. Took me about 2 1/2 hours to do about 5.5 miles at a leisurely pace. Very little use, in fact I did not see another person the whole time, but it did rain for a time, which I assume kept folks away. Nice feeling of solitude.

Easy hike. Elevation gains were very short or very gradual. No rivers or bluffs. Nice trees. no flowers in July. Hike got confusing as it crossed many other paths. Having a map was very helpful.

mountain biking
3 months ago

love this trail.

Very boring besides a couple waterways, you should really just bike it instead of hiking it. Lots of bugs. Better off going somewhere else.

Well defined trail, wooded with a nice lookout spot. Fun run!

Good beginner hikes. Some elevation change but not difficult. Light traffic for a Saturday morning. Clearly marked. Lots of shade on this wooded trail.

Great trail for the whole family. Very easy bike ride

5 months ago

Easy. Pretty. Not many views. Quick trail.

Great all around trail. A few pretty long hills that were a challenge to run up. I would definitely run this trail again.

As mentioned in other reviews, this trail is shared heavily with mountain bikers. Always have to be listening. Especially when on the steep single lane trail. Bikers do come flying down those often. Other than the bikers, this trail is beautiful and offers changes of scenery.

I love these two trails. Both are loops and allow you to go straight from one to the next if you want to keep hiking. Dogwood is much more difficult than woodbine. I recommend good foot wear as the trails can be quite rough. Trails are almost entirely wooded.

hiking
5 months ago

Actually measures around 3.5 miles but is a wonderful hike. Lots of hills and a very narrow path but a wonderful workout. Lots of ticks right now, pulled off 12 during the hike. We will definitely be back.

trail running
5 months ago

This was a fun trail for running. Yes, there were a lot of bikes, but it wasn’t too bad. Plenty of technical stuff with some gravel and dirt mixed in. Great times!

Knocked these two out today along with the equestrian trail. Saw a lot of wildlife on the trails with deer, lizards, chipmunks, turtles, and a skunk that wouldn’t let me pass for some time. Take away the skunk and the three dozen or so webs I ran in to and the hikes were a great way to start my summer vacation from teaching.

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