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hiking
21 hours 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!

just right distance for hiking for seniors

hiking
10 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.

First good hike of the year and it was great. my 4 year old went and made it on her own most of the way!

hiking
15 days 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.

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

On a cold December weekend a couple of friends and I took a "dads getaway" overnight hike. We linked the Hawn trail system together to make a large loop. It was about 17 degrees overnight. It was wonderful. Few other people on the trail. This terrain has a few rugged sections to get you breathing, and lots of gentle variable terrain, and very pleasant walking. In the winter it was beautiful.

Lov it!

Short, very enjoyable hike. Views are beautiful!

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.

Very nice short hike. Giving it 4 stars instead of 5 because of lack of green blazes. As mentioned in another recent review, the creek crossing isn’t marked well and the last bit just before the return to the parking lot, map lines did not match visible trails. You must follow red blazes to Whispering Pines trailhead (parking lot).

Hawn State Park, MO. Fun hike. The Pickle Creek portion of the trail required concentration on your footing to navigate the rocks. The Whispering Pines portion of the loop was up on a ridge with a couple of nice views. We were able to make a couple of stops to do some wading in the cool, clear water. We saw fish, crawdads, and a snake. It was a good day.

Hughes Mountain offered some gorgeous views. We were worried about navigating the trail since so many people got lost, but the Missouri Dept of Conservation added a few trail markers of pine to help lead the way.

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

Mediocrity. Flat marshlands. The herons are nice to look at and the lake view is stunning but the trail itself is average at best.

Great trail for the whole family. Very easy bike ride

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.

Enjoyed the bluff view. There are a lot of mountain bikers. Lots of mosquitoes.

Very peaceful, I was the only one here. Pretty much all up hill on the way there, but the plus side to that is that it’s pretty much all down hill on the way back.

hiking
2 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
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

Hiked this with my three kids, 12,9 and 5. They aren’t ones for long hikes, but they enjoyed this 5 mile out and back with a great lookout at the turn. Close enough to civilization that you have cell service in the event you suddenly hear thunder and need to check radar, as we did. I highly recommend this trail for families in the STL area looking for a nearby hike.

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!

It was beautiful ☺️
Definitely come back again

mountain biking
2 months ago

Fun trail good for beginners like me

Really enjoyable trail! Interesting terrain, elk wandering about, decent elevation shifts (not extreme, but not trivial). The elk were cooling themselves in the lake on the unseasonably warm day we visited.

Two items to note: there were a lot of logs intersecting the trail.nothing insurmountable, but just a heads up. Also, the bathrooms don’t have soap.

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