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    John Heuvelman added old Santee Canal

    about 1 month ago

    John Heuvelman added Cuvier River SP

    4 months ago

    John Heuvelman completed Lost Valley Trail Loop

    4 months ago

    John Heuvelman reviewed Valley View Glades Trail

    11 months ago

    I did this trail for the first time yesterday. It was really enjoyable. I found it to be a nice blend of wooded valleys crossed by creeks, meadows and glades, and mixed woods. The recent dry weather has left the creeks and waterfalls almost dry. There are numerous ups and downs, but most are short in duration and not difficult even for someone who's out of shape like I am right now. There are areas where the path is rocky and has lots of exposed roots, and care should be taken there. Good walking/hiking shoes with firm soles are definitely recommended. Higher areas have more easy, packed-earth tracks. It's a single track throughout.
    Despite the mile, beautiful weather yesterday, I felt as though I had the trail almost to myself, only seeing five other people the whole way. That added to the feeling that I was much further away from civilization than I actually was.

    John Heuvelman completed Valley View Glades Trail

    11 months ago

    John Heuvelman completed Oconaluftee River Trail

    11 months ago

    John Heuvelman completed Bluffview Trail

    over 1 year ago

    John Heuvelman added Graham Cave S.P.

    over 1 year ago

    John Heuvelman completed Loutre River Trail

    over 1 year ago

    John Heuvelman added Rockwoods Reservation

    over 1 year ago

    John Heuvelman saved Al Foster Trail

    over 1 year ago

    John Heuvelman saved Al Foster Trail

    over 1 year ago

    John Heuvelman added Mathieson State Park

    over 1 year ago

    John Heuvelman reviewed Stinging Nettle Trail

    over 1 year ago

    The Stinging NettleTrail offers an easy, scenic walk along the bottomland of the Meramec River. If you wish to make a loop out of it instead of an out-and-back, I would suggest taking the Al Foster Trail from the Herman Park Trailhead, then come back along the river on the Stinging Nettle. It is a very easy, wide single-track walk most of the way, with a total elevation gain of only about 130 feet over the 5 mile route.
    Lots of solitude and nice foliage, At the eastern end where the trail turns around, there are signs that you are entering private property. However, it's Castlewood Park. I did not go further, but it appears that it connects with Castlewood's River Scene Trail.
    For some reason I prefer the section of the Al Foster that goes west from the Sherman trailhead to Glencoe, as it's a little more scenic in my book, but it depends on what you like.