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The natural beauty that characterizes Missouri is more than skin deep. Missouri, the Cave State, has more than 5,500 caves, and some of the state's most scenic natural wonders lie beneath the surface -- in caves. One Missouri cave stands out above the rest -- Onondaga Cave in Onondaga Cave State Park. Deep underground there is a world that nature has created using water to form deposits of tall stalagmites, dripping stalactites, active flowstones and many other colorful deposits. Onondaga Cave, a National Natural Landmark, and Cathedral Cave showcase these natural wonders, which can be viewed during cave tours. There is also plenty of natural beauty to enjoy above ground at the park. Vilander Bluff Natural Area provides visitors with a panoramic view of the Meramec River. Come and take a hike through the Meramec River valley, canoe or fish in the Meramec River or enjoy a picnic lunch. Learn about the park's natural resources above and below the earth's surface through exhibits inside the visitor center. The park's campground offers both basic and electric/water campsites, many of which are reservable.

hiking
1 day ago

Nice views along the river.

walking
6 days ago

Not really a hike as it's all paved, but a beautiful short walk. If you park at the beginning of the campground it works out to be a little over a mile round trip.

on Blue Heron Trail

walking
15 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Had a blast hiking this trail! Lookout over the river are worth every bit of the hike. Very well maintained.

Very nice hike for everyone. I would recommend starting by going right instead of left. Trails are very well maintained.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

Really an awesome trail. It's quite hilly, but also only 2.75 miles long. Beautiful views along the Meramec River. I love how the trail is narrow and not a huge ugly swath cut through the woods.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Loved the view of the river along the trail. It was such a beautiful color today! Not a great trail to start off on if out of shape, but wasn't too bad.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice hike - pretty river views - would definitely go to the right or counter clockwise when doing this trail - less climbing that direction - also can see Cathedral cave on this trail when it is open during the summer months.

7 months ago

Nice hike but very dense vegetation on some parts of the trail. Very pretty mossy ground cover in certain areas!

7 months ago

Short little point to point paved trail - very pretty lake next to it with lots of geese

Beautiful trail and river scenery.

hiking
9 months ago

Vilander Bluff Trail is named for Vilander Bluff, the highest bluff along the Meramec River. The natural surface trail provides trail access to Vilander Bluff Natural Area, a 206-acre natural area known for its ancient eastern red cedars. Some of these cedars, from 300 to 500 years old, grow out of the rocks along the bluff. The trail features an outstanding example of a dry cliff community that contains two very rare species of lichens. The trail also takes hikers through a dry chert woodland and chert savanna before returning to the parking lot.

The trail was built and is maintained by the Miramiguoa Chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalists from Franklin County. In an effort to protect the rare species and the area’s natural features, the trail is limited to hiking only and was constructed without major ground disturbance.

Yes, this is a canoe float, not a hiking trail.