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.

nice trail for me and my dog. not very challenging. well groomed.

Quick and easy. Well established trail and well marked too. Perfect for my aging dog and the younger one too.

Dogwood Trail is beautiful, my favorite of the two. We took the little path to the spring; will definitely return for hikes in the Fall, Winter, and Spring.

Nice collection of 3 or 4 different hikes here at Babler, each between 2 and 3 miles in length. Can string them together for longer hikes.

hiking
5 months ago

Great short trail...very well marked! Path was in really good condition.

5 months ago

Nice short trail.

trail was in good condition. the bugs were bad though. kids had a good time.

hiking
6 months ago

Quiet, low traffic, beautiful trees. We thoroughly enjoyed!

hiking
7 months ago

Trails are in great shape other than a few trees have been blown down across the trail, but you can climb over them.

Both trails are easily followed and easy to walk. You can take a break in between the separate trails. We followed the sign to a natural spring on the Dogwood trail. We saw families with toddlers and dogs.

Very well marked. Good to do with kids.

nice hike, well marked trails

An easy hour hike for the whole family. All wooded, well kept.

trail running
11 months 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!

hiking
Monday, February 13, 2017

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

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Nice short trail.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Only a couple miles long but a very nice trail

hiking
Wednesday, November 09, 2016

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.

hiking
Monday, November 07, 2016

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

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