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.

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 short trail with kids and/or dogs. Pretty view of the valley at the turn around point of the loop.

Nothing wrong with it...just not memorable from all the ones we have done. Hard to find trailhead from parking area.

Nice trail man.

4 months ago

Great hike!!!

5 months ago

Great for kids

Easy hike. Elevation gains were very short or very gradual. No rivers or bluffs. Nice trees. no flowers in July. Hike got confusing as it crossed many other paths. Having a map was very helpful.

Good beginner hikes. Some elevation change but not difficult. Light traffic for a Saturday morning. Clearly marked. Lots of shade on this wooded trail.

8 months ago

Easy. Pretty. Not many views. Quick trail.

I love these two trails. Both are loops and allow you to go straight from one to the next if you want to keep hiking. Dogwood is much more difficult than woodbine. I recommend good foot wear as the trails can be quite rough. Trails are almost entirely wooded.

Knocked these two out today along with the equestrian trail. Saw a lot of wildlife on the trails with deer, lizards, chipmunks, turtles, and a skunk that wouldn’t let me pass for some time. Take away the skunk and the three dozen or so webs I ran in to and the hikes were a great way to start my summer vacation from teaching.

Would rate this 3.5. Well marked. Not too wet even though it had rained for 2 days. My dog enjoyed the walk. Will come back in dogwood season.

11 months ago

Make sure to check out the spring

Definitely recommend you take a photo of the trail map as you enter the park. We had trouble finding where to find and start the trail even with this map, but we made it. It was a good hike, but it isn't one that we will definitely return to. We did both the green and blue loops.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

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

Monday, November 27, 2017

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

Thursday, September 07, 2017

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.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

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.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

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

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Nice short trail.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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

Saturday, August 05, 2017

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

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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

Sunday, May 21, 2017

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.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Very well marked. Good to do with kids.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

nice hike, well marked trails

Saturday, April 15, 2017

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

trail running
Monday, March 20, 2017

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!

Monday, February 13, 2017

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

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Nice short trail.

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