Edward James Roberts once owned the land that is now Robertsville State Park. As one of the largest landowners in Franklin County at the time, the surrounding area became known as Robertsville. The Roberts family took advantage of the area's rich bottomland soils and its proximity to water to establish a very successful farm. In the early 1900s, many St. Louis residents were attracted to a resort near Robertsville known as Meramec Terrace. The Meramec River, which provided a wide variety of recreational opportunities, was the highlight of many weekend escapes from city life. The Great Depression and World War II contributed to the decline of the weekend resort community. Today, the land and the river attract visitors to Robertsville State Park. The 1,225-acre park features a variety of outdoor activities for visitors of all ages, including canoeing and fishing in the adjoining Meramec River. The shaded picnic area near the boat launch offers views of the Meramec and the surrounding scenic bluffs. Located near the entrance to the park, the large day-use area features two picnic shelters that are available for group reservation, several individual picnic sites and a playground. For those wishing to spend a night or more in the park, well-shaded basic and electric campsites are nestled among the wooded hills.

Very flat easy trail running through the flood plain. Lots of hickories, squirrels and even a woodpecker or two. I did the loop then turned around and went the other way in less than an hour.

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30 days ago

Picked a very warm September afternoon to hike. It’s a good trail that is well marked. There were a few downed trees across the trail that we had to go around.

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7 months ago

Very easy short flat trail - not a lot to see but very good for beginners

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7 months ago

This was a pretty nice hike - not a lot to see but since the woods are very thick I think I will visit in the fall when the leaves are colorful and I might like it better

I liked this trail quite a bit. No spectacular views, but enough hills to make it a hike rather than a walk. It was a bit muddy, so I'd recommend going when it's dry or frozen. My GPS clocked it at over 3 miles, and it took me a little over an hour with a dog that likes to stop and sniff!

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10 months ago

Lovely, well marked trail that we hiked/trail ran with our dogs on leash in 45 minutes. Loved the rolling hills and healthy forest!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

I would have to say I've hiked this more than any trail in the area, it's about ten minutes from my house. Is isint one for spectacular views, but there's a nice bit of hills for a good leg workout and I almost always see a few deer. If you start your going to the left it's a bit more intense than going right at the trailhead but both ways are fun. I like to walk across the street and add in the other trail for an even longer hike.

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Monday, September 04, 2017

No real good views but this one is secluded not many people on the trail.

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Thursday, December 01, 2016

This is my workout every morning with my faithful companion, Chester. Plenty of peaks and valleys to get your heart pumping - can easily be done in 45 minutes at a fairly steady pace. Lots of beautiful sites and wildlife scurrying around. The oxbow slough is my absolute favorite area of this trail - just beautiful. In the spring, the East side of the trail smells delightful thanks to a nice stand of Ohio Buckeyes. A well maintained trail - my husband and I volunteer our time to help maintain it. Tack on the Spice Bush Trail and you have a solid 5K hike/walk/run. This is Missouri, so fair warning, if you are running keep your eyes cast down for the rocky areas. :)

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Lost Hill Trail winds through the only uplands in the park. “Lost Hill” received its name from the upland hill that has been detached from other ridges or uplands by erosion. The woodlands along the trail contain a mix of plants adapted to the dry rocky soils as well as areas with more lush vegetation. Hiking the north side of the trail provides an excellent view of an old oxbow slough of Calvey Creek, and extend down into the bottomlands surrounded by pawpaw trees. The two trailheads provide a great connection between the campground and Spicebush Trail.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Spice Bush Trail travels through the Meramec River’s floodplain along slightly elevated terraces to the nearby level woodland floor where red-headed woodpeckers frequently feed and often nests. In late April, bluebells bloom in profusion along much of this hiking trail. Along the journey, three bridges cross a perennial stream but after a good rain, other small drainages can make it a wet and slippery hike. The trail passes through a rich bottomland area with a mixed herbaceous ground cover below tall sycamore, ash, pawpaw and black cherry trees. The dominant underbrush is spice bush, which gives the trail its name.

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