Explore the most popular horseback riding trails in Greensfelder County Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

just right distance for hiking for seniors

After reading several reviews, I decided to pick up the trail at the equestrian parking lot and hike CW. There is an access point located down a wide gravel road that starts between the restrooms and the pavilion. That road deadends fairly quickly and you can pickup the trail there where you see the vertical trail post with a blue eagle icon on it.

I utilized the St Louis County parks map which shows the trail to be 3.6 miles long which agrees with the trailhead signage over at the visitor center where I essentially completed the loop. (After the Visitors Center parking lot you just cross Scenic Loop Road next to Allenton Road and you are back at the equestrian parking lot). The entire hike took less than 1.5 hours.

I didn't notice any blazes marking the trail but any forks where this trail met other trails were clearly marked with a signpost and the appropriate icons and arrows.

The trail is pleasant. Going either CW or CCW means that you start at the top of a ridge and descend into a valley. CW seemed to me to be the easier direction in retrospect. The Eagle Valley Trail interconnects with other trails so you could make a longer day of it if you wish.

My hike was on Sunday, August 5th and I probably encountered three pairs of horse riders, two groups of mountain bikers, and three pairs of fellow hikers. The area was dry and I did not encounter any running or standing water anywhere.

I wish I could give it 3.5 stars as it is a decent trail but I'm not likely to do this one again unless I was camping in the area.

By the way, ticks did not seem to be a problem with the generally wide trail and little undergrowth to brush up against.

Nice trail overall. Not very well marked, except at intersecting trails. Rough terrain at some points. Nice and secluded. Mostly wooded. A one-way road runs along for a big part of it. Good trail to get away from the city for a few hours.

Great trail! Temps were low in the bottom section of the trail; good pick for a hot summer day. Only gripe I had was that the trail ended at the equestrian center and not the visitor center where I started the hike

hiking
3 months ago

Well kept trail. Easy to follow the red markers. Sign clearly states it is over 4 miles at the trailhead. Has a great scenic overlook in the first mile going clockwise. My toddler loved getting to run along the path. Great and easy trail.

3 months ago

fun ride!

6 months ago

The signage is poor and the distance of the trail is confusing. All trails says 1.9 miles bit the actual trail says it is 4+ miles.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail enjoyed doing it twice

The fall colors were stunning here yesterday!

hiking
11 months ago

We got misled by some of the signage. Still, it’s a nice walk through the forest.

hiking
11 months ago

Left from the trailhead at the Visitors Center and went clockwiser. Had a heck of a time picking up the trail when we hit the Equestrian Center. Wandered around the parking lot a few times, then finally located it. Very nice hike. Was surprised that we had a nice breeze even at the lower parts of the trail. Would like to see it when it is wet.

The distance was a little off I showed 3.1 miles. It was a good hike i would definitely mark it as moderate. Unfortunately all the creek beds were dry.

hiking
11 months ago

Enjoyed a gorgeous day on this trail. The trailhead is just behind the equestrian center and has two parking places adjacently located. The trail is pretty narrow - tough to walk and talk. There are a few confusing areas to locate where the trail picks back up around camping and other equestrian areas. No issues with insects today. Near the end, there were some areas that were pretty overgrown. Enjoyed the moderate elevation climbs but mostly an easy going trail.

11 months ago

The official Dogwood trail is actually 2.6 miles and is the northern section on the map. It's a decent challenge with a good amount of elevation change, but not too much. Just watch out for the horses***, which I mean literally.

Friday, July 28, 2017

moderate challenge with some nice technical areas. not for beginners. hope you like to uphill. there are plenty of ascents. great strength training.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

I love Greensfelder. My great-great grandfather Charles Evans once owned several hundred acres that is now part of Greensfelder. It's an excellent place to camp and to hunt for rocks in the creek.

hiking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Nice Park. Trails are generally well maintained. No blazes, but markers located at intersecting trails. Quite a few nice trails in the park to choose from.

hiking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

Not really well marked but a good trail with some cool sites.

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Saturday, July 01, 2017

Eagle Valley Trail, approx 3.5mi. Delightful changes in terrain, elevation, & plants.

Trailhead: When driving from i44, do NOT turn right onto a one-way road as soon as you see a "Welcome to Greensfelder" sign. Just stay on the two-lane & you'll get to the visitor's center & trailhead much faster!

Trail Traffic: Unlike the app's description ("heavily trafficked"), we only saw a handful of other people on a Saturday in July :)

Caution: Look carefully when the Eagle Valley (blue) & Deer Run (yellow) trails unite. We followed a dry downhill tributary and had to double back.

Special treat: wild raspberries! Yum!

Friday, May 05, 2017

got lost multiple times. trail is mixed old and new and the red map in AllTrails is incorrect.

hiking
Sunday, March 12, 2017

This trail is now 4.1 miles long - (see picture I posted) - it starts at the shelter and ends on the road that you can take to the overlook - I enjoyed the trail and found it to be well marked and moderate in difficulty

mountain biking
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

not too hard not too easy

hiking
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Did the Joseph Declue Trail today - nice fairly easy hike - had some hilly areas but not a lot - watch for horses on the trail and what they leave behind. Also had lots of bike riders on this trail. Signage could be improved especially where trails overlap. I would do this trail again

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Nice quiet trail even though there were several cars parked at the trailhead. If you're walking beware of horse manure. Watch your step. Otherwise very scenic and shady. You will need the bug spray if hiking in spring/summer. In some spots the trail is not very wide so be careful when bikers are passing. Wear good shoes as some parts are very rocky and can turn muddy.

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

My family enjoyed this trail. It was primitive yet well marked. We only met one other person while on the trail so we enjoyed the quiet hike in the woods. The final climb in elevation at the end of the trail was a nice challenge to end on.

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

It was hilly in some parts. Muddy because of rain and difficult to tell mud from horse poop. But overall a very beautiful and area and nice hike.

hiking
Saturday, February 20, 2016

70+ degree February day. We were surprised by the amount of leaves on the trail and how faded most of the blazes were..... until we popped back out on to the proper trail. At some point, maybe a mike in, we lost the trail but ended up on the old trail. :)
The trail is actually in great shape but the old trail was more of an adventure. Very nice area. We lived the hike!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Great trails. Easy to navigate. Can't get lost.

hiking
Sunday, November 08, 2015

This is a great park. Lots of different trails to go out on and plenty of things to do/see. I spent 2 days in the park and found multiple caves and various kinds of wildlife. There are also a few buckeye trees in the park so make sure to pick up a lucky buckeye for future trips (I was told they're lucky)

on Beulah Trail

hiking
Wednesday, September 16, 2015

I would rate this trail as a 4 but there were multiple trees down on the trail and it was poorly marked.

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