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Nice trail, well marked. Becoming popular. Be sure to talk softly if you want to catch wildlife in the area and to be considerate of other hikers.

Nice peaceful lake trail

Very flat, kinda boring. I wish there were more views of the lake. Also don’t go alone, I didn’t feel completely safe. Extremely muddy patches

good change in elevation. Well marked and maintained. Peaceful walk along some creaks.

Not typical hiking but okay trail with lots of interesting sculptures to see.

Perfect for my kids and I for a quick, level loop. Completed smaller loop in 30 min with 2 small kids and a teen. Fresh air was great; educational signs along the way were a bonus. Great walking trail!

Fantastic trail!

Nice trails. They definitely could be marked better though.

This was a fun trail run. It took me 55 minutes to complete the big loop (~2.6 mi). I jogged slow (it was a little muddy at the beginning) and stopped for a lot of pictures.

It was pretty educational along the way with the signs explaining karst and sinkholes. I was expecting a bigger entry into the cave to maybe explore a little bit, but it’s just small enough so only small animals can get in/out. so that was a little anticlimactic. Other than that, I can’t wait to visit again in the spring to see the awesome colors!

Awesome trail. My favorite place to go within an hour of Saint Louis. Very clean and scenic.

Did First Day Hike here with naturalist Eric from Missouri State Parks. He was so knowledgable and made this beautiful trail even more enjoyable. Second time we have been to to park. First time on this trail. Canyons and sandstone bridge are so pretty. We will come back.

22 days ago

Nice trail with good views of the sandstone bluffs.

Go to the left, clockwise to get to the canyon quicker. I have walked both down in the canyon and the path on the rim. Each are very pretty. when you make your way out of the canyon area there is a cutoff which will take you back to the trailhead in about 10 minutes. The rest of the main trail meanders thru the woods, over the ridge and through some smaller rock formations for at least another hr or so. Very pretty.

Nice trail but lacking maintenance

Beautiful hike. Will be back.

1 month ago

Definitely not a hike, but if you're into art and like the outdoors, walking around the sculpture park is such a pleasant way to spend the afternoon. It's one of my favorite places in St. Louis.

Great Missouri hike

It’s flat and basic, but that’s not necessarily bad. The corn has been harvested so I imagine the views are nicer now that you can see a little more skyline. It was a bit tricky to find the trailhead. Pull into the park and take the road to the left, go across the levy and park at shelter 3. The road is a loop where you park and you want to go to the opposite side of the parking where they’ve mowed a wide patch of path. Keep walking ~0.2 mi and you’ll see a sign marking the trail. There are two loops. The first loop (~1 mi, I didn’t actually check) you’ll end up where you parked, but shortly before that you’ll see the second loop head off to the right. Today the second loop was SO muddy 1/2 mi in and at one point the whole path was water. I was with my short legged dog who was already getting too messy so we had to turn around. It was still a nice day and an easy walk outside with decent views and a faint sighting of the downtown STL skyline.

2 months 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.

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.

Apparently there are time restrictions. 9am we showed up and a sign prevented us getting to path until 12:30. Not publicized anywhere.

2 months ago

Drove from O’Fallon and it was quick and easy to get there, and seeing STL from the mounds is really cool. The mounds are bigger in person.

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.

Nice I assume community effort in building this nice park. Well maintained.

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3 months ago

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

Nice park & a nice trail but due to the cockleburs on the ground, not the best place for pets.

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.

3 months ago

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

This park is a gem!

Easy but fun hike.

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