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Always a good walk. It’s really nice in the evening and the sunset over the lake is really pretty.

road biking
14 days ago

Very safe during the day. Family friendly. Love forest park!

hiking
1 month ago

This is one of the most scenic urban park that I've ever seen. The grand basin area in particular is amazing which overlook the art museum. The attractions in this park, the art museum and zoo are a must see destination if you're in St Louis. I find the history museum a bit of a bore though.

Poorly marked trails and my dog and I were both covered in seed ticks even with bug spray on. Not a fun day.

hiking
1 month ago

Lovely hike for a mid-summer hike! The trail was balanced with both hills and flat areas. The trail is gravel/dirt and narrow with overgrown brush in areas. Most of the trail is shaded. We saw countless elk, deer, and turkey along the trail. At times we had to take an alternate route to avoid disturbing the wildlife on the trail. We inspected ourselves after the hike and found we were covered in hundreds of seed ticks on us despite DEET insect repellent. We drove through the bison area but didn’t have any sightings. We will return again soon!

nice! lots of spider webs...watch your step. I will be wearing hiking boots and fully covered..blue jean trail.. I started yellow..ended dogwood..narrow hiking trails where hikers only are permitted.. and came to the broken bridge...had to pull myself up and out in a not easy way... Lol..
fix the bridge please...more hikers makes easy to follow trails.. need of love.. it is a lovely place! :)

Awesome trek. Deer, turkey, elk and mostly wooded.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy trail for a family hike. Approximately 2 miles with all shade. Not much of a view of the river in summer. Better views during fall and winter months.

Beautifully built trail along historic Forest Park. Give yourself plenty of time to explore. The Jewel Box is at the end of the park, and further along you hit the Zoo. Great trail, easy for children and pets. It gets congested early, and be warned there will be a LOT of people. Its not a wilderness hiking trail; it's the main path through Forest Park. However, it's terrific for jogging, biking, and running/walking. You can meander off the path and find little spots for peace and relaxation. All the museums are free, Art and History plus Science Center. This path will lead you to each however it does not lead to the Arch. You have to take a different trail to that but all the Museums can be accessed by this trail.

Good hike. I thought I would mention in this app to stay at least 100 ft from the elk. There were several on the trail. People have been gored by the elk, granted one group was trying to take a selfie with the elk so some are related to clueless hikers. Be extra careful during mating season which is mid-August through December when the elk are particularly aggressive.

Very nice walk through the Elk’s habitat. The trail is a nice gravel and dirt path, shaded, and well marked. We were able to observe many elk grazing and laying around along with many varieties of birds.
You are also able to see the bison but only from your car as they are in a different part of the park.

trail running
2 months ago

Great for a flat run. I live close by so I got this trail often. More than half the trail is paved and the rest is tightly packed, small gravel so nothing difficult about this one. it's usually busy but is wide enough to pass walkers with ease.

road biking
2 months ago

I absolutely love this trail to bicycle on. It can get crowded but everyone uses trail etiquette. the lake is beautiful to see at sunset.

2 months ago

I love this trail to run on. It’s quiet, not crazy busy and it’s pretty throughout most of the year!

Very heavily congested trail. The scenery is lovely and it's a peaceful hike around the lake, but you will constantly be dodging joggers, bikers, strollers, children, and pretty much everyone. I suggest going early morning or late evening, good times for quiet and to watch the sunrise/sunset.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy trail but definitely congested. I have caught some great sunsets here along pics of some wildlife; pls be respectful

walking
3 months ago

A great trail for walking, biking, etc. there are so many ways you can allow yourself to “get lost” wandering through the park. Or, choose to stay on the main path. Easy to follow. Water bottle refilling stations are along the trail. It is most congested along the north side of the park/trail.

I skipped Dogwood and did Yellow trail and an offshoot I came across. Beautiful area, but pretty muddy due to heavy equestrian traffic. I think I would have enjoyed it more as a trail ride instead of a hike.

Great view and easy to trails

This park is beautiful and the walkways can lead you in many directions. The park is very large and there are lots of books to explore. The area is well landscaped. At some points you almost forget you are even in St. Louis. Almost. Litter is pretty well under control. There are a lot of great buildings from the Worlds Fair. Great place to walk with kids because there are two playgrounds and a water feature if you want to take a break!

Good trail with a couple of good inclines. We drove through the whole park first and saw some Bison and Elk. Saw one doe on the trail though we went at Mid-Day.

walking
3 months ago

I really love the walking trails in this park. You can hit the pave trail or the gravel trail. I like that you can really get a nice work out (walking). There are a lot of hills through out the park that makes your work out a little different than just walking a flat trail. Depending on the time that you go (or if there is an event in the park) it can get a little congested. I like going early in the morning. But whenever you go, you will enjoy yourself.

walking
3 months ago

Great place to just take a walk or run. There are a lot of other people on the trail at the same time, but surprisingly it is still a very peaceful and quiet.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a very nice trail through Lone Elk Park. It offers a lot of hills and animal sightings. We go a couple times a year.

hiking
3 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.

it's one of my favorite places to walk in the city! I wouldn't exactly call it a hiking trail, though, as it's more ideal for walkers and runners.

hiking
3 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
3 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!

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