Explore the most popular trails in Mines Of Spain Easement with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This was a fun short hike. Nice views, take the beaten path to get up along the Mississippi.

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bugs
muddy
over grown
20 days ago

The trail was beautiful!! There was lots to see, including large rock formations all along side of you once you get further into the trail!

Interesting history, nice little walk, some variety, view point of the monument

Nice short trail, good number of stairs, but not terrible., The little chapel was novel. Nice nature center. should do when at Mines of Spain.

Gets your heart beating but nothing too strenuous. Did it with my 7 years old son and my mother. Nice shade at times. Lots of poison ivy was my only complaint. Keep your eyes open and stay on trail! Took about 45 min.

Short but very scenic. Enjoyed the walk with the cedars between the bluffs and the views from above. Trail was well maintained. Lots of poison ivy off trail.

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blowdown
muddy
over grown
scramble
2 months ago

The trail was very nice and it was very enjoyable. The chapel was very cool and I think it was very homey and nice. The trails are not super clear and in the back there were afew blown down trees. It was muddy and had afew steep parts but I loved the whole of it and the nature was very beautiful. I would definitely do it again!

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rocky
3 months ago

Really easy and scenic! Loved it! Took the dog with me. Very dog friendly. The beginning is pretty steep but it’s pretty easy after that. Love this area!

Lots of stairs to go down and back up, but they are in good shape. Neat to see such an old chapel at the end.

A short but fun loop with good views of the Mississippi and fun off shoots to explore the base of the bluffs. Well maintained and unique area.

great loop trail. well maintained. stairs and some inclines but nothing very challenging. there are some more adventurous quick rock climbs to get on-top of the bluff which leads to some thrilling heights and some amazing views

Lovely day and finally warm enough for a hike. Definitely coming back in the spring – I turned around at one point because I wasn’t sure how icy it would be ahead and wanted to make sure I got back out.

9 months ago

Love the view. Going back there for sure. Pretty easy loop trail even toddlers can do it ;)

Heard gunshots in the distance even though it’s a conservation area. Be careful.. Nice and short- some abrupt steep hills.

Easy, simple hike.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

been here several times, always beautiful views and opportunities to see wildlife.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Great hike for the whole family! Saw lots of wildlife! Loved it!

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

The centerpiece of the Mines of Spain area, which altogether is a fantastic series of trails. They are all wide and easy to follow, alternating between forests and tallgrass prairies. The main bluff trail doesn't take you quite all the way to the top of the bluffs, but it takes you in between them and right along side for some great views of the rock faces. I recommend taking the loop counter-clockwise from the parking lot. You'll pass a small wetlands conservation areas before turning into the bluffs, then climbing up several tiers to reach the observation area. The walk to the parking lot is short after that.

Kids of 8 and 5 had no problem handling the trail. Great views and short enough for the kids to thoroughly enjoy.

Great short hike if you avoid this trail map. The trail on the map takes you west of the bluff. However it's possible to get on top and of the bluff itself. True top has well worn trails and amazing views of the river. If you start taking a right on the trail from the parking lot as you approach the bluff you will see a side trail to the right that will take you straight up. If you start to the left you will see a rock cropping just past the binoculars you can climb right up. Really cool.

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Saturday, March 04, 2017

Beautiful view, you feel like you are in Colorado. Be sure to do the horseshoe part, many people just don't know that it's there at the Mines of Spain and miss out on it.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Great view from north end. Great example of limestone cliffs. Look for owls,

Friday, August 05, 2016

good views of the Mississippi. It's a great little hike if you're looking to get outside for and hour or so.

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