A massive stone gateway greets visitors to Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park, framing the broad avenue that leads up the hill to the large bronze statue of Dr. Edmund A. Babler, the park's namesake. Jacob L. Babler's love of nature and his desire to commemorate his brother, a prominent St. Louis surgeon, came together to create this unique gift to the people of Missouri. Here, memories are created -- afternoons of softball or volleyball or cooking on an open grill. Thirteen miles of hiking trails ensure a variety of rewarding outdoor experiences. A visitor center with exhibits illustrates the wonders of the park's natural communities; classrooms and an auditorium are available for special programs. The park also provides experiences for those with special needs at the Jacob L. Babler Outdoor Education Center, a barrier-free resident camp with swimming pool (exclusive to outdoor education center users), cabins and recreation and dining halls. You can have it both ways at Babler State Park -- spend a peaceful night camping under the stars, and still be only minutes from downtown St. Louis.

trail running
8 days ago

Dogwood Trail - My favorite hike in MO yet. Hilly winding trail that dips thru a beautiful green valley, and is heavily wooded most of the way. Lots of tree canopies. Very quiet and peaceful, only saw two people on the 2 mile loop. I'll be back once the trees and flowers are in full swing!

Ok hike through the woods. Nothing spectacular on the trail though

Nice short trail.

Only a couple miles long but a very nice trail

Lots of hills and great exercise on this trail. Birds, owls and foxes are jewels to look for. Great during spring and fall when you can admire the thick canopies and colors.

4 months ago

One of the prettiest and shortest trails in Babler. Includes Hickory, Oak, Paw Paw, glade and an overlook.

5 months ago

Maybe because it was muddy it wasn't as enjoyable but the company was good. The day was overcast. And I guess I like longer trails.

I go here twice a week, and love it! Doing both blue and green trails together is a good workout.

6 months ago

This was a very simple walk, took the dogs on a leash, saw some paw paw trees and persimmon trees fruiting, the paths were easy to follow, I would go again for a leisurely walk

This trail was very pretty and well-maintained. I did only one trail the day I went but I want to go back and explore the others. I went at dusk and going through the valleys and hills during that time of day was so beautiful!