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Definitely bring bug spray!!! Trail head said 2.5 miles but is about 5. Trail is nice, shaded for hot day and is very quiet. Just doesn’t have scenery besides woods. Would be better in fall

trail running
6 days ago

Nice trail with good signage and beautiful scenery! There were lots of dogs and not all were on leashes. Well maintained facilities and the restrooms were very clean. Lots of creek crossings so that may be an issue after a good rain.

Great hiking area! Definitely will be back

hiking
18 days ago

We happened to hit this trail the day of a trail race. Everything was super well marked for the runners, and we had a cheering section when we finished!

Views of the Missouri along the bluffs were nice - bet they’d be even prettier in the spring or fall!

very shaded hike with a lot of butterflies and a few decent views. The trail is full of spider webs if you take the Lewis at the fork but still a nice hike

Can someone fix the website....The directions address is not right...it takes you to 94 Shaw Ct, which is a cul-de-sac off of Page Ave. The map itself is right, which is crazy, but the address is wrong on the directions link. :(

Follow trail signs for Bluff View

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

Really nice trail that is convenient to St. Louis (and close to the burbs). I went trail running today, in the midst of hot and humid Missouri summer. The trail was perfectly shady with off-shoots to view the river from the bluffs. I ran the 5.3ish Clark trail and only had to walk partly up one ascent so the hills were reasonable for an experienced runner and a nice work out. The trail narrows near the fork between the two trails but was easy to navigate. I found the signage acceptable knowing to keep an eye out for trail markers. The trail was not terribly busy mid-Saturday morning but the parking lot was full. Highly recommend!

great park to hike at, good scenery and probably the quietest parks i've ever been too. The biggest problem I had was not wearing any bug repellent and the park even has a sign at the trailhead saying to wear repellent. But I continued anyway and when I got home later that day the amount of larvae ticks or chiggers I had on me I would call an infestation!!! never had that my bugs on me at one time. Moral of the story is I'm investing in bug repellent...

There are several fallen trees you have to navigate around and the signage is not great. Otherwise, it’s a gorgeous and shaded hike with views of the river below.

Really enjoyed this trail. My friend and I decided late in the day to do a hike, and we wanted something not too easy, but a little elevation. This was perfect for our last minute hike. Not too long, not too hard...it was just right. Saw one mountain biker...this would be a fun trail for that.

Excellent mix of terrains. Ranges from easily runnable sections to difficult rocky inclines. Liked the fact that it was tree-covered and shaded. Great views of the river. Had a great run out there and will come back the next time I’m in town.

I did this trail a couple of years ago and loved it. We didn't stick to the path highlighted in Red here however. We took the dashed line (shown in map) off-shoot to the Missouri River and saw River Otters swimming around. At the left end of the island looking at it here (no dashed lines shown), we found a trail that took us to the fork and saw great blue heron and was a cool place to see. Don't get lost however :-). All of this made for a long hike which was around 10 miles I'd guess.

hiking
1 month 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.

This is my Happy Place..

A little bit of everything, terrain and scenery-wise. Very well maintained.

I hiked the Matson Hill Trail CCW on the afternoon of Monday, July 23rd. I didn't hike the entire trail but instead did a lollipop excluding its southwest quadrant.

My GPS shows that I traveled 2.98 miles in 1 hour and 26 minutes. This was a leisurely pace as I wanted to enjoy the woodland beauty of the trail and take some pictures.

The St Charles County Parks map that I was using shows that the Matson Hill Loop is 2.8 miles so that also must exclude the part I skipped.

There aren't any real scenic highlights on the trail. However, the woodland area that it covers is nice. The trail itself is well packed and fairly wide so I never had to brush up against undergrowth that might be carrying ticks.

I only ran into one other couple during my hike and they were going the opposite direction. It just so happened that it was right at the only unmarked fork. If I had stayed on the more traveled path (right) that would have completed the entire Loop.

However, by turning onto the less travelled path (left) that completed the top "circle" section of the lollipop and led back to the trailhead via the "stick" section of the trail. Thanks, guys, for pointing me in that direction.

I might add that I went downhill for the first 20 to 30 minutes so you must take in consideration that you'll need to regain all that elevation. But with all the switchbacks, that is not very difficult.

I definitely plan to do more of this group of trails again in the fall when it's a bit cooler. FYI, there is a porta potty at the trailhead.

Great trail to hike with lots to see. Horses also use the trial and there was a tremendous amount of manure on the trail today. More than I've ever seen on this trail

trail running
1 month ago

I love this trail. Some good variety in the terrain between dirt and some fairly technical rocky stuff. Lots of hills. CW leaves you with some pretty tough climbing at the end of the loop. Also, know that, if you’re the first person on the trail, you’re going to eat about a million spiders.

Loved it! My wife, myself, and our five kids had a blast.

hiking
2 months ago

Solid hiking trail, but this is a trail that appears to be more used for mountain biking. This isn’t bad, but you do need to keep any eye out for them.

Enjoyed the Lewis & Clark trail. Beautiful views of the Missouri River.

Good trail to run. Well maintained. A couple fallen trees to go around. I went on a Saturday morning. The trail was a little busy but is wide enough through most of the trail to accommodate the traffic.

Unmarked trail that doesn't go anywhere near the river. You basically meander through fields and clearings. I went off the path to make it more interesting but got ticks in the process. There is a tiny sand area to see the river, but for being an island it doesn't offer anything. You WILL need Bug Spray.

Fantastic hike. Completed the Lewis trail, which as other users have pointed out, is actually 8.1 miles. I did it backwards, which was an odd challenge, as signage was poor, but that’s my own fault. Recently downed trees block trail access in multiple points, making it necessary to go off trail to get around. Overall a great hike. Took me 3 hours.

hiking
3 months ago

fast pace trail very cool temps throughout the hike due to the woods

is the 9.7 mile easy to follow?

Solid hike. The views from the bluff were breathtaking. Only gripe/warning I have is if you chose to start the trail heading east. It isn’t marked well or very defined. We lost it completely at the creek crossing and decided to follow the creek bed until it intersected the trail again down closer to the river.

That was fun, but with all the lose and sharp rocks my feet let me know later how the felt about it. We will definitely do this trail again when we come back to visit family.

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