Explore the most popular trails in Forest 44 Conservation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
blowdown
off trail
7 days ago

I didn’t finished the long trail. I found a short trail by sign. I don’t recommend this trail. First, based on the map, the place we need to cross the creek is not access. It’s a high step and deep creek. I just keep going and cross the creek in the other intersection. Second, the trail which is for hiker and horse is really beautiful. However, there are too many ticks and mosquitoes when I enter the trail which is only used for hikers. And the trail is not obvious for track.

Definitely more an equestrian trail, a lot of ruts made it hard to walk the trail and it was quite muddy with a lot of bugs ; but if you hike in the woods you can’t help but have bugs! I had fun overall but if you don’t like any of the above things said ; this trail may not be enjoyable for you. Just watch out for horse poo & bring bug spray!

Been on this trail a couple of times. The terrain and scenery are good, but the ticks singlehandedly ruined both trips. Definitely not dog friendly because of it, and no amouht of bug spray or clothing keeps these off. Stick to a trail nearby.

hiking
bridge out
bugs
2 months ago

It’s a very nice trail with good scenery, but there are ticks. So many ticks. Our dog was covered. If you go, definitely wear the right clothing and use bug spray around your ankles.

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
2 months ago

Not a great trail right now. It’s very muddy and very buggy, especially with gnats, mosquitoes, and ticks. We will wait until after a killing frost to hike this one again.

hiking
bridge out
bugs
over grown
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
blowdown
muddy
3 months ago

Good hike, nice hills. You do have to watch for horse manure, though.

hiking
bridge out
muddy
washed out
3 months ago

Beautiful trail next to horse stables. Hikers do share the trail with horseback riders and I loved that! I brought my dog along too and he loved splashing in some of the creek crossings. The overlook towards the end (or beginning depending on which way you go) was gorgeous as well. Very muddy because of previous rain storms, however this trail is a lot of fun!

Was a fairly easy trail. Had a great time by the creek, kids took shoes off and played in the creek. Logs in the water made it easy to cross. Looking forward to hiking this when all the trees get leaves back.

I’ve enjoyed this hike in the past, but today it was a different hike. I understand horses use this trail but all the ruts they left made hiking difficult on the ankles! We hiked counter clockwise on the yellow path, then took the blue path for a nice descent.

What an excellent trail. When I go hiking, I want a quiet, solitary and rewarding experience and this is what I got. Trail is very nicely defined, kinda rough and muddy in spots from the horses that tend to be ridden there, but other than that it is an excellent trail. Easy to get to as well, just off the highway and tucked up between the hills. Lots of moss, ferns, frogs and birds. Lovely.

pretty easy trail. be sure to take a trail guide with you many shoot offs and loops.

There is no way to cross the streams so you pretty much can go about quarter mile before you have to turn around. We went to about 4 spots where it looked like there was a path on the other side but it was not possible to cross.

Well marked trails, watch for the manure

hiking
8 months ago

Trail was nice but it is currently muddy and there is a lot of horse manure

horseback riding
8 months ago

Would rate 0 if possible. This is not a good trail for hiking or pets. We only lasted several thousand feet, because it was full of horse manure, mud, leaves, and ruts. This is the worst of 15 hikes we have been on in 60 mile radius of St Louis.

A beautiful area and easy to connect to the other trails nearby if you’re wanting to go longer. Usually well manicured, but the trails in the conservation area nearby are multi-use and have a lot of horse poop on them

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