Explore the most popular river trails in Bennett Spring State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful weather, nice trail, easy to find, easy to follow, sparsely populated and a nice "surprise" at the end.

hiking
2 days ago

A Blackpoll Warbler was a surprise along this river edge trail.

Very pleased with this hike. I went with my father and his dog and my two dogs, and everyone had a good time! The scenery was nice, the natural tunnel was neat, and the hike was a great length for a day hike for us. There are a few water crossings, but they weren't bad.

I have hiked this trail several times in recent years, but I have never seen so much water in so many of the creek beds as I saw today. I was surprised that the early spring rains created so much runoff. It gave me such a different experience--I loved seeing and hearing the rushing creeks and it was a fun challenge to cross some of them (thank goodness for waterproof hiking shoes!). The area just past the natural tunnel usually has plenty of room to sit; today, that area was under water! I spoke to another hiker who recalled a visit when the creeks were even higher than today and he couldn't navigate many of them. This has become one of my top 3 favorite Missouri State Parks. The caves, high bluffs, creek beds (with and without water), natural tunnel, and changes in elevation make for a solid workout and lots to look at along the way.

Good brisk stretch your legs walk !

Great winter hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Decent enough trail that's probably best traveled during the spring or fall when there is some more color to appreciate. There were a surprising amount of armadillos surrounding the trail!

Nice trail, there are a few caves on the way. The tunnel is pretty neat. I ate lunch on the back side of the tunnel.

Easy trail for most. Spotted a bald eagle flying low along creek bed as i was approaching it. Also spotted quite a variety of other birds along the trail.

If you want the best experience on this trail, hike it in the fall. Leave the trail and check out the bluffs and grottos along the way. The natural tunnel is wonderful, but there are many other features that are often missed.

The trail was well marked which was useful with all of the fallen leaves.

paddle sports
7 months ago

I completed 8 miles of this on a family float trip. It was beautiful with little to no people when we went. There was also a cute little duck that swam around the boat for awhile

walking
7 months ago

There wasn't really anything spectacular or noteworthy on this trail and I noticed about halfway through the hike that there were dozens of chiggers all over me. Maybe it was just the wrong time of year for enjoying this trail? It was Labor Day weekend.

I just went this past weekend and wish I would have waited until fall because it was very over grown. The cave was awesome because you can walk through it. I'd give this about a 3.5

This would have been a five star if the trail was better maintained. Even with spray, my dog and I returned with NUMEROUS ticks. The first part is very rocky and not for those who have unsure footing. The natural tunnel is very cool and an awesome feature, but doesn't completely ale up for the shoulder high foliage on the second part of the loop. I would give this a 2.5 rating. Likely it would be a great hike on the dead of winter when nothing growing.

Pretty decent trail, humidity was just awful. We went early in the morning trail was nice an empty, just the way I like it!

Trail was not marked well at all, ended up on the Natural Tunnel. Trail was not not taken care of, over grown, family got covered in ticks!

I hiked the east loop in 4 hours on Mother's Day weekend. It was an excellent hike and the only thing I didn't like was the dry creek bed at the beginning of the trail--about a mile of it hiking in and out. It is an ankle breaker for sure. The rest is beautiful.

A few ticks after the hike had to be removed but other than that the pests were few. I saw one snake. Wading the shin deep creek crossings was cool on a warm day. There were a couple benches on the way to rest.

The natural tunnel was amazing. Met few on the way out but returning there were many groups hiking after 3:00 pm.

Awesome hike. Very scenic!

hiking
Monday, March 13, 2017

This is an amazing area, the trail was easy to find and well marked. This is a great way to spend time with family ✌️

hiking
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

beautiful, moderately difficult at times, but quite public. would be great for family outings. overall A.

hiking
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Would love to review this trail thoroughly but I cant. After driving all day and being told through alltrails this trail had overnight camping I arrived to find it was a sun up to sun down trail. The only camping available was on a mass campground. Needless to say I packed up and went home.
Loud, extremely busy and difficult to find.

hiking
Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Tunnel was well worth The Hike....Ready to do it again!!!

hiking
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

2/11/17
This is the second time we hiked this trail, the tunnel is well worth it! the trail is marked very well although the distances were a bit goofy....We took the east trail there and the west trail back.

hiking
Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Nice little walk along the water. Great to observe the fish and fisherman. Also a great warm up for the natural tunnel trail also located at the park.

hiking
Monday, January 02, 2017

Very well maintained and marked trail. Map was not needed but I still stopped at the visitor center to get one. I did not find the trail to have much in elevation, nonetheless a great day outing. The natural tunnel is well worth the journey.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Nice area with trout fishing b4 you get to trail area. Trail us nice.

Fun trip out to the natural bridge. Instead of the out and back, we took the west trail and it was poorly marked. We ended up on a service road with no recollection of ever passing an option to turn or did not see any blue blazers. Trail wasn't worth the added mileage. Would just do the out and back if we do it again.

hiking
Monday, October 17, 2016

Sign said 1 mile long, but we only made it to the other sign that said .4 miles. Couldn't see anywhere where this trail was extended any farther. Pretty simple and flat.

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