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a mini favorite ..great for a quick brisk mostly shady walk when you have only a little time

just right distance for hiking for seniors

hiking
12 days ago

After reading several reviews, I decided to pick up the trail at the equestrian parking lot and hike CW. There is an access point located down a wide gravel road that starts between the restrooms and the pavilion. That road deadends fairly quickly and you can pickup the trail there where you see the vertical trail post with a blue eagle icon on it.

I utilized the St Louis County parks map which shows the trail to be 3.6 miles long which agrees with the trailhead signage over at the visitor center where I essentially completed the loop. (After the Visitors Center parking lot you just cross Scenic Loop Road next to Allenton Road and you are back at the equestrian parking lot). The entire hike took less than 1.5 hours.

I didn't notice any blazes marking the trail but any forks where this trail met other trails were clearly marked with a signpost and the appropriate icons and arrows.

The trail is pleasant. Going either CW or CCW means that you start at the top of a ridge and descend into a valley. CW seemed to me to be the easier direction in retrospect. The Eagle Valley Trail interconnects with other trails so you could make a longer day of it if you wish.

My hike was on Sunday, August 5th and I probably encountered three pairs of horse riders, two groups of mountain bikers, and three pairs of fellow hikers. The area was dry and I did not encounter any running or standing water anywhere.

I wish I could give it 3.5 stars as it is a decent trail but I'm not likely to do this one again unless I was camping in the area.

By the way, ticks did not seem to be a problem with the generally wide trail and little undergrowth to brush up against.

Nice trail overall. Not very well marked, except at intersecting trails. Rough terrain at some points. Nice and secluded. Mostly wooded. A one-way road runs along for a big part of it. Good trail to get away from the city for a few hours.

This park is great for easy bike riding ! Beautiful and interesting! There’s even soft drink vending and rest rooms

artsy :)

Great kids trail, not too long and super pretty surroundings. Can get a little steep but over all easy walk. Short. There is a center there that is WONDERFUL inside. Great nature center.

Great views and photo opportunities

Very easy, short walk. Would not consider this a “hike.” Plenty of places to sit or stop to take in the art. Currently only accessible from 270. Be sure to check out the abandoned swimming pool from the 1920s.

Easy trail for small children. Playgrounds and Restrooms are available. Good for kids and pets.

Good trails close to the city! Nice elevation change and even though the center was closed, restrooms were open. The road noise was a huge downer, but the scenery and location made up for it.

good hill climbs,can hear traffic but beautiful little treck!

Great trail! Temps were low in the bottom section of the trail; good pick for a hot summer day. Only gripe I had was that the trail ended at the equestrian center and not the visitor center where I started the hike

trail running
2 months ago

Fun trail to run. Slippery when wet but a fun challenge.

I like this loop for a number of reasons. First of all, it’s very close to home, less than 10 minutes away. By cutting out a lot of drive time, I can fit in a longer hike when the time block I have is minimal. Secondly, the loop is only about 2.5 miles if I’m REALLY short on time, but I can easily turn it into a 5-7.5 mile hike if I just repeat the loop. Third...and very important to me, it’s dog and kid friendly. I always hike with my dog, and sometimes my grandkids are with me, The grandkids do better on paved trails, and I can take a stroller for the 2 y/o who can’t keep up with the older ones. I prefer dirt trails, but sometimes there are advantages to a paved trail. And finally, it’s scenic with small wildlife. A quiet, calming, “away from the city” feel, in busy South County, close to highway access.

Nice trail, pretty easy walk but very narrow in some area's

walking
2 months ago

Easy and fun! Lots to look at and interact with. Has a nice paved trail but also more of a woodsy trail all with fun sculptures. Very cool.

walking
2 months ago

Easy walking path. Not much to look at when you’re not by the river. Would be a nice bike path.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty and lots of options. There are a lot of different side trails in various levels of difficulty. Some are paved and some aren’t. I like the variety. We saw a snake on the path once.

Easy. Basic walking trail. Nice and flat. Lots of goose poop.

hiking
2 months ago

My dog and I love this trail. It’s a challenge going up but short enough that it’s not too intimidating. And it’s almost entirely shaded which is GREAT!

It’s pretty overgrown right now and a tree fell on the path. Beware of ticks. We spent most of the time trying to dodge the overgrowth but my dog had a small tick on her when we got home.

hiking
2 months ago

The trails you know and love are still here! You just have to get to them. Come hike them! At first I thought they ruined the trails. They didn’t. The people who said they ripped the trails out are mistaken. They did not rip them out. They are both still nestled in the woods where they were. The other reviewer that said this is not the place for natural trails is also mistaken. Take the lower trail head to just last the cave. On the left there is a drain, before the bridge, the trail starts there. You can also find it in a few other places along the paved path.

hiking
2 months ago

Please come home these trails again! We need to hike it before they over grow. I would recommend parking at the lower trail head. I made the mistake of parking at the upper. It’s a hot walk back up. Park at the lower trail head and stick to the path. Once you pass the cave and before you hit the bridge, you will see a drain to your left. There starts the path to the inner and outer trails. Wear bug spray!

Lots of fun things to look at and discuss while walking/hiking.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked with my dog over the weekend. It’s a very pretty trail with wild flowers and limestone outcroppings. There were a lot of people there this weekend; all very friendly. You’ll get a work out on the way up. Make sure you wear suitable shoes as there is quite a bit of loose rock. I would definitely recommend it.

walking
3 months ago

Quick getaway and worth the trip

Superb walkways, beautiful scenery... if you are looking for natural trails this is not the place.

nice place to go

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