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1 day ago

Really nice hike to do in between classes. Finished in 45 minutes and took my time. Really beautiful cliffs!

Great trail. Even has a cut through that reduces it by around two miles.

This trail has great water features and is not very crowded. Small walkable pathways next to cliff faces make you feel hidden within the forest.

7 days ago

Rocky path that was muddy in places despite little recent rain. Would definitely recommend good hiking shoes, as I stubbed my toes and tripped a few times, and would have been hurting without my boots. Very difficult to read the signs, and without the downloaded map from this app, I would have gotten lost easily. Lots of mountain bikers at the parking lot, but didn’t run into many people on the trails. Came across several whitetail deer, though! The scenery was nice along the river, and I’m sure it will be prettier with foliage. The mapped route was about 6.2 miles and took about 1 hour 45 minutes at a good clip, though I did go down the wrong path and have to turn back several times.

Hiking on a mountain bike trail offers a strange paradox. On one hand you have the subtleties of a climb that makes a hike more like a hearty stroll. You can gain the reward of an eminence or a view with minimal sweat equity and just some tennis shoes. On the other hand you have the mountain bikers-often brusque and moving fast.
But on this January day, the cyclists were friendly and the view was spectacular! It was a two hour round trip for me and I clocked exactly five miles from the lower parking area to the upper...wonderful walk in the woods!


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

Hiked 12/18. Nice variety of surface for easy to moderate hike. But little elevation change. Good tree coverage for hotter weather. Or to block wind. A creek crossing in two places that is higher than shoes and boots. And beautiful water fall area. Nice spot to stop for a while.
More isolated access off gravel forest road. Views mostly of trees and the two creek areas with one opening to expansive view.
Dog friendly
met 3 parties on trail
No restrooms at parking area or water

10 days ago

very nice moderate trail, marked well but don't get confused with the fire breaks that were made as the trail. Park will be doing a controlled burn in the area this winter.

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!

Trail colors are not marked out very well easy to get direction turned around.

Trails are moderate to difficult in places.

Nice paved trails. Has a few steep spots, but has plenty of benches for resting.

10 days ago

Starts out with close shrubbery, but opens up quite quickly to a beautiful forest. Moves on to some rocky outcroppings, to cedar forest, and back. So peaceful and quiet. Elevation change is pretty gradual. Some muddy and areas but nothing terrible.

Waterfalls were beautiful! Fun trail! Great day for a hike.

Had an unseasonably warm day in St Louis, so we took advantage. I found the bike riders to be friendly and appreciative when we stepped out of the way (share the trail, ppl.) Great view at the top!! Still beautiful even in January. Would love to go back in the spring.

on Trillium Trail

11 days ago

Great trail! Clearly marked if you pay attention to the signage. Great views and unbeatable rock formations. Probably my favorite trail I've walked in Southern Illinois/southeast Missouri.

Gorgeous four seasons trail!

Great mix of hills and level areas. Muddy, slick, and narrow in quite a few areas but a good hike overall.

Short trail leading to the bottom of a large rock face. During wet weather there is a nice water fall you can walk behind. Great trail for a beginner or someone that wants a 10 minute hike. Large parking lot

Good trail with nice views.

January 5 walked it with two of my sons! Beautiful sunny day, plenty of places to stop n rest lots of benches, bridges and birds

My wife, daughter, granddaughter, and I hiked this trail last Sunday. It was a great hike, but a little longer and tougher than we expected. The falls were beautiful! The trail after the falls was mostly inclined with lots of rocks just the right size to twist an ankle. Well marked trail.

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.

New Years Day Hike! What a nice paved trail to start the year off with! Did all 3 trails and was an excellent way to not sit on the couch!

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.

This was a great hike!! The trail markers are fantastic. Save your lunch break until you get to the small waterfall about 4 miles in. I will definitely do this Trail again.

Well blazed, but it was hard to see the path so we really had to focus on the blazes had to be careful near the rocky parts because it was raining.

17 days ago

Nice trail with good views of the sandstone bluffs.

Take this trail counter clockwise for a real workout. I don't know how they rate these trails, but it is rated moderate, same as Schick Trail at Jefferson Barracks Park, which is a cakewalk in comparison. Schick is paved with moderate incline. Lime Kiln has over double the elevation, with steep inclines, extended switchbacks and rocky terrain. This is not for the feint of heart. Suggest you ramp up for this at Powder Valley if you are new to hiking or just getting back in to shape. Wear good shoes, preferably with ankle support, not runners or street walkers.

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