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Best trails in Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park

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Explore the most popular trails in Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial 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.
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park
Park information
Acreage:
2441 acres
Park hours
Monday
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Contact
636-458-3813
Helpful links
Top trails (4)
#1 - Dogwood and Woodbine Trail
Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 25 m
Dogwood and Woodbine Trail is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Chesterfield, Missouri that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of aShow more
#2 - Dogwood Trail
Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 6 m
Dogwood Trail has several spurs and is located in the central portion of the park. From the trailhead, which it shares with Woodbine Trail, Dogwood Trail travels north and includes several steep incliShow more
#3 - Virginia Day Nature Trail
Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 43 m
Virginia Day Nature Trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chesterfield, Missouri that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primariShow more
#4 - Hawthorn Trail
Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 36 m
Hawthorn Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chesterfield, Missouri that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking,Show more