Explore the most popular trails in Graham Cave 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.

Nestled in the hills above the Loutre River in Montgomery County, Graham Cave State Park features an unusual sandstone cave that contained evidence that rewrote history books. Once used for shelter, Graham Cave became historically significant when archaeologists discovered how long ago human occupancy had occurred. University of Missouri archaeologists uncovered artifacts revealing human use of the cave dating back to as early as 10,000 years ago. Clues to the lifestyle of the ancient Dalton and Archaic period Native Americans were uncovered. Today, visitors are allowed in the entrance of the cave, where interpretive signs point out interesting discoveries. Surrounding Graham Cave is 369 acres of naturally diverse land designated as Graham Cave State Park. Several trails wind throughout the park's forests and glades. A boat ramp on the Loutre River provides access for boating and fishing. An open picnic shelter, playground areas and picnic sites make the park an ideal place for a day of family fun. For those in need of a longer retreat, a wooded camping area offers basic and electric campsites, modern restrooms and hot showers. Come explore the history that unfolded at Graham Cave and enjoy nature at Graham Cave State Park.

I say 3.5 stars. Good view and entry to river

Would give 3.5 stars due to being too close to highway. But nice trail loop around the state park and good cave view. Well marked. Unfortunately I had to listen to loud digging the entire time.

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bugs
off trail
over grown
rocky
3 months ago

Lots of cobwebs/spiders. Confusing start & connections. Probably better in winter.

Started at Fern Ridge Trail, to Graham Cave Trail, to Indian Glade Trail, and completed the loop on the Loutre River Trail

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bugs
over grown
3 months ago

Cool place, although the trails aren’t very well marked.

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muddy
rocky
5 months ago

Loved this trail. Cave, alcoves where waterfalls used to run, small gains, foresty. Would recommend comfy hiking socks and shoes-very rocky and uneven terrain at times.

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muddy
over grown
rocky
5 months ago

Muddy and a bit overgrown with many webs, but loved the solitude of the trail. Very foresty and reminded me of woodland home life. Recommended for someone seeking a solitary nature hike.

Scavenger hunt

Wear good boots or shoes, very rocky,

Took our Cub Scout troop there and had a great time. There was a lot of animal tracks for the kids to identify along with plants and rocks for them to learn about. The staff was very helpful at the ranger station, camping appeared to be very clean and we are planning an overnight there soon.

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9 months ago

This trail was well taken care of and a joy for my whole family. The cave and small creek with waterfall were definitely highlights.

great family trail and day out.

Fun leisurely trails that are very well marked. Walked the exterior of the entire park in a couple hours. The only real disappointment is the sound of the interstate which is all over this park.

This was one of our favorites at MO state parks. MO State Parks hosted a guided hike to look for local flowers which the kids loved. We drove in from St. Louis and no one else showed but us so it ended up being a private guided tour. Our guide had great knowledge of flowers, lichen and the caves. This is a great, unique trail for all to enjoy.

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Tue Feb 27 2018

Cool trail running along the river in most spots. Enjoyed it very much. I do not understand how people can give it 3 stars just because it was muddy, its a river next to trail its not paved! What do you expect? Anyway, nice trail, connectors were easy for me to spot if you just know what and where to be looking!

Nice loop trail that connects to the other trails. You can easily do all 3 trails here looping back to the cave within a couple of hours. We took our 10 year old nephew out on them and he had no problem whatsoever. Very nice! One thing to note is when we got to the open field near the Loutre River section, the mosquitoes were horrendous! Make sure you do not skimp on the bug spray!

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Tue Feb 20 2018

I had only a short time to do this trail, so I hiked less than half of it. Hope to return and complete full trail. Pretty sunset over the small river. A little hard to spot the TH sign from the camping check-in and playground area, since I connected to it from the Indian Glade Trail.

First time at this park/on this trail. REALLY enjoyed the interesting features, esp the small waterfall. This is an out-and-back trail, and I connected to Loutre River Trail from the camping check-in area. That TH sign is a little hard to spot, it doesn't look like the other, larger TH signs. Spotted 3 deer.

Nice hiking trail - lots of beauty along this trail

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Tue Sep 05 2017

Nice hike near the river - you can get to the river in a couple areas but it's not easy - beautiful area along this trail!!

Sun Apr 30 2017

I gave this trail a 5 because the water was rolling after the 5 inch rain yesterday...but on top of that...all trails were well marked and in good shape despite the wet conditions...I did all the trails except for the Loutre rover trail ..it was pretty much under water

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