Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Meramec 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.

This trail needs some maintenance. There are 20-25 fallen trees that are down on the trail. For someone day hiking this is not an issue but there are camping sites along it which requires more gear and larger packs.

2 months ago

This is a terrible trail. It is not marked at all so you end up walking on game trails half the time. The trail has not been cleared for years and has thorns everywhere and a ton of fallen trees blocking the trail.

3 months ago

Although short it is pretty taxing as you climb back up the hill from the river. The trailhead is in the park store/restuarant parking lot. Goes to an old rock gazebo overlooking the river. Drops down to the river where there is another old pavillion and then back up to the top of the hill. Quite a workout.

Trailhead is in the visitor center parking lot. If you go right at the fork you will start by following a small creek, climb which was full of birds and deer sign. Saw several small caves and small bluffs. Nice trail, easy hike.

wide diversity of flora + types of terrain. wouldn’t say it was a hard or difficult hike - perhaps moderate largely due a lot of vegetation or fallen trees coupled with narrow pathways at times. fairly quiet + unpeopled.

5 months ago

Very good short trail with a good mix of hills and winding paths.

6 months ago

We only did the Hamilton iron works trail which was only .2 miles. Nice short trail with cool structures but came out with hundreds of tiny ticks.

6 months ago

This forested loop trail is a stop on the Great Missouri Birding Trail. The trail initially runs along a small stream and eventually by three caves. The caves are closed due to White Nose Syndrome. The trail also passes by a small glade. Even though the caves were closed, it was nice to stand in front of the entrance to each cave and feel the cool air on a hot day.

6 months ago

The trailhead sign shows the trail as a 1.25 mile point to point trail but it will most likely be used as a 2.5 mile out and back trail. The trail ascends through forest until it reaches the highway where you turn around and descend back to the trailhead. There were several mushrooms along the trail that were beautiful. We did spook a white tail deer so the trail is aptly named.

6 months ago

Very overgrown with lots of trees across the trail. Only 1 tick despite the underbrush. Some truly beautiful areas. Came across only one other family.

trail running
7 months ago

Definitely run this trail in the winter up to early spring or be sure to wear pants. The majority of the trail is narrow and has foliage growing over the path. I wore my very short running shorts and a tank top and ended up with some pretty raw legs. I had 8 or more ticks from the hour and half it took to run it but that was to be expected. If give it a 5 star rating for hikers and 4 for runners.

Great trail, marked well for novice.
Good variation in terrain, several areas with natural wildflowers. Could vary depending on time of year. Took trail in May and areas that had undergrowth burned and new growth coming up were cool. Several runoff crossings, so pay attention to weather.

Very well groomed trail. I would rate this as a moderate trail. This trail would only considered Hard if you were trying to ride a scooter on it. I agree with the other commentary, go early spring to get some nice views of the Meramec River.

My husband and I completed this 10 mile trail in a day. Absolutely beautiful! Only ran into one other couple. Lots of fallen trees to climb over and ones to duck in the trail, but it was worth it.

10 months ago

Hiked here on the hottest day of the year in July 2016. It felt really good in the wilderness. It was 10 miles total. Tons of ticks! I had 5 on me within the 24 hours...1 held on for 3 days. only 1 place for water but I was not brave enough to drink it and test out my purification tablets. camped at campsite 7 and all night there were tons of some kind of very large nuts/seeds dropping on our tent and I got no sleep. Beautiful trail. I consider myself a beginner to intermediate hiker but this was my first overnight backpacking trip and it was amazing!

11 months ago

The trail is fine no spectacular views but quite and place to enjoy the woods. Has a few hills so gives you a little bit of a leg workout but all in all not difficult. Trail is well marked.

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Great trail! Diverse terrain and well marked.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

trail is not marked at all. we took the wrong way. Don't go up the huge hill multiple splits in the trail. we ended up walking into a multi million dollar home out in the middle of nowhere. Ended up walking the road back and started over finally found the 1st cave which is across the creek. never made it to the end cause ran out of daylight

Monday, January 22, 2018

one of my favorite hikes.very remote part of the park. not a difficult hike but not for hikers who don't enjoy getting creative with their paths. no trailblazes and often very little trail. i would recommendnot going on the summer time due to overgrowth and ticks. finding your way through this bushwack is well worth the effort to arrive at the magnificent greens cave.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Completed the full trail in early December. The scenery was great, but the two issues I have with this area is the poor signage and the number of people who bring their dogs that aren't on leashes. Every time I bring my dog hiking, she's on a leash. During our most recent trip to this trail we encountered two groups of people who didn't have their dogs on a leash, one of which tried to attack my dog. If you're considering doing this trail, be prepared to deal with careless dog owners and minimal signage marking the trail.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

The distance of the full loop including the approach is 10 miles.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Not a highly trafficked trail. I did the full trail. First part of the trail which is also the short loop, is a little more traversed and not as overgrown. However the back part of the trail is overgrown and had a lot of fallen trees. I wore pants due to the other reviews mentioning ticks.I found two on me after the trail. Quite a bit of the trail follows a stream, so I would think in the spring after heavy rains some of the trail would be hard to pass as there would be a strong possibility of flash flooding in the area. So if hiking in the spring keep your eye on the weather. Saw quite a few hikers on the front half of the trail. I didn't run into anyone on the back half. It is only difficult because it is a wilderness trail. If you went off the trial it could be easy to get lost due to the overgrowth. I will say the over growth does actually make the trail a little more challenging and fun. However, it is still not overly challenging. Not many scenic views. There was a cave that is blocked off due to the endangered bats. Overall it was a good trail due to the seclusion and the forest being in its natural state.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

We went through shorter version of trail ( around 5 miles). At the beginning the trail was a little confusing . There are a lot of ticks there. It was not a scenic trail in comparison to other trails I went in Missouri.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A nice hike.. A little bit of everything as far as Missouri goes.

Monday, June 19, 2017

too many trees laying on the path but all in all a good trail

Thursday, June 08, 2017

25 y/o male, casual hiker. I hiked this route in about 1.5 hours, but could have probably made it in around 50 minutes if I didn't stop anywhere.

Fantastic microcosm of Missouri's hills! Great mix of loose and dense woods, tallgrass fields, rocky bluffs, river views, and even a gaping gave if you step a little off of the trail. There has clearly been some campfires along the trail, from the burnt logs and bleached rocks, but generally felt very isolated and peaceful, even so close to the roads.

There were a few, small steep sections I was very glad to have a walking stick for, so scavenge one up for yourself.

I hiked the trail between 7 and 8:30 pm, with sunset around 9, and the only downside of my trek was the sheer number of spider webs! I ended up holding my walking stick up as a web breaker for the last 1/4 mile, and even then I'm sure I brought one or two tiny arachnids home. A broad-brim hat would have been great.

There is one point which goes all the way down to the river's edge, and you could get into the water and swim if you care. Fishermen travel up and down in their speedboats, so be watchful of the sound of approaching motors.

trail running
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Great trail, didn't seem traveled too often. Lots of ducking under branches, climbing over or crawling under trees. Appreciated the natural challenges. If you are looking for a groomed trail, this may not be for you. Came across the really cool cave about mid way through the run.

Several creek crossings, so my dog could cool off and hydrate. I got caught in a severe thunderstorm at mile 6, so the end of my run was even more adventurous.

Friday, April 14, 2017

It's a beautiful hike with lots of twists and turns. You have to get creative in a few spots when passing over creeks. There one spot where the trail disappears and you have to walk the dry creek bed until it reappears. That was challenging. And be prepared for wet shoes during the rainy season. It can be hard to get across the different wet areas.

Also, the ticks! Holy cow! Brushed about 10 off me during the hike, picked off 11 when I go home.

But, the cave and its surrounding areas make it worth it. Beautiful!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Loved this hike! There are so many different environments in it and my dog loved jumping in the creek. We stumbled upon a section where hundreds and hundreds of bluebells were in bloom! We did come away with a few ticks already in early April. Depending on how overgrown it becomes later, I would be careful! The trail is very well marked and shows your location at all the campsites. The map is helpful too!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

very quick but gorgeous hike. my favorite in meremac state park

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