This is a lovely trail! Some areas are paved, some not so smoothly though. There are some quite steep inclines, some rather rocky uneven bits, and a rather large flight of steps. I would rate it closer to moderate and would skip it if you have mobility issues. I took trekking poles and was glad. Some path revisions have been made and the trail was a bit over 2.5 miles, although perhaps just temporarily. It was a beautiful spring day after the rain and the woods were lush and green with lots of humidity! Gorgeous scenery, lots of chirpy birdies, and a good breeze at the top of the ridge.

hiking
1 month ago

I Loved this trail! However, I took the suggestion of a previous reviewer and Did Not Go Left on the trail starting out.
OMG, Do yourself a favor... Go Left, the incline is much gentler.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views! At first looked like it would be difficult but turned out great! Will visit this trail again.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail for the day after a good rain! Some parts weren't paved but for the most part it was, which was nice to not have the hike not be as muddy! Will definitely visit again.

on Lime Kiln Trail

4 months ago

I ran this trail twice, back-to-back; first clockwise(CW), then counterclockwise (CCW). The first mile of the CW loop was very rugged and rocky. This section of trail was a lot of “rock hopping”. I would say, depending on what your workout plan is, that the CW loop is a bit more anaerobic vs aerobic; i.e. your legs will few it! I prefer climbing this type of terrain as opposed to descending. The CCW loop has two climbs at the beginning. The first is rocky and rugged also, but not as bad as the CW loop; plus it is shorter. The second climb is not rocky or rugged but is much longer and steady. If you like rocky, rugged trails, then you will like Lime Kiln.

I love this trail. This was my favorite as a little kid and is still one of my favorites. Maybe it’s the memories.

It’s pretty, paved, and not too hard...but does get steep in some areas.

Strenuous, with many ups and downs, but worth the hike.

Great moderate hike, we went on a beautiful January day. Definitely more strenous if you go left first. Signage looks new, trails very distinguished. Lots of up and down.

hiking
4 months ago

The Trails at Rockwoods Reservation are some of the nicest trails this close to St. Louis. You can cob together the Rock Quarry with the Trail Among the Trees and the Lime kiln for longer hikes.

hiking
5 months ago

Disappointed to find the surface was paved. The trail runs right by some large boulders that have fractured off of the rock exposures. I used this trail to connect from Lime Kiln to Green Rock on the other side of Glencoe Road.

hiking
5 months ago

Steep, rocky, and slick after the rain. This trail was challenging yesterday as the surface was a mix of mud and ice. The deep valleys cut by several runoff basins connecting have created some incredible terrain and the limestone exposures are beautiful. Took the connector from Lime Kiln to Trail Among the Trees but I was disappointed to find that Trail Among the Trees is a paved surface. The trails are not marked at all and with so many different trails in this conservation area it is easy to get confused.

hiking
5 months ago

Good trail - rather steep at the beginning of the trail - can see the old caves but they are fenced off now so you can not go in them anymore like in the good old days

hiking
5 months ago

Easy trail - part if it is paved - one area has 48 steps you have to climb if you come from the office area starting location

hiking
5 months ago

Good trail - fairly steep in some areas - branches off to trail among the trees or you can do the entire loop without doing the branch trail

trail running
7 months ago

Not sure I 100% agree with “easy” rating. Granted it is short, but the elevation changes are no joke. Great trail! I got an unexpected butt-kicking!!!

A great hike with great views and rock formations. I go every year to view the fall colored trees. It's very beautiful!

great day for a hike!

hiking
8 months ago

I wouldn't label this trail as "easy," but maybe "moderate." Although most of it is paved, there are some good climbs, nice views, and interesting rock formations. Very well maintained. Not spectacular, but still a solid hour well spent!

Lovely forest for trail. Went with our three boys - 10yo, 8yo and 1yo in backpack. Was a good length and difficulty for them. We are trying to build up their ‘tolerance’ for bigger hikes and this was good for that. Nice shorter hike with the family, but nothing particularly notable or special about path or scenery.

hiking
8 months ago

A good trail to get the heart pumping. No spectacular views, just a nice walk through the woods. You will hear traffic from 109 on the part of the trail closest to that road, but otherwise it was enjoyable.

trail running
8 months ago

This is a less popular trail in the area. I ran on it today at 9am and didn't see a single other person. Leaves are starting to fall, making for some tricky footing. If you're prepping for a hilly course, this is a great training area with a long steep climb clockwise and two shorter climbs going counterclockwise. The backside of the trail is my favorite. There is a nice half mile cruising area with great footing.

trail running
8 months ago

This trail has some challenging climbs with tricky footing. I had to slow down on the descents going both directions, mainly due to footing and grade. Starting out, Clockwise gives you a little more of a flat stretch to warm up on. Whereas counter clockwise is balls to the wall almost from the word balls! I tend to use this trail as a connector to rock hollow.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice short hike with good elevation.

My 2 daughters, 2 dogs and I were here this past Tuesday. The trail was was pretty and challenging but there was so much rock that one of my daughters fell several times. And SEED TICKS!!! It is now Friday and I am still trying to get them off of my dogs. I would highly recommend leaving your dogs at home for this one!

on Turkey Ridge Trail

hiking
10 months ago

Trail is back open.

10 months ago

Challenging enough and quite beautiful not heavily trafficked is a plus

hiking
10 months ago

Definitely go counter clockwise if you want an easier path. When you go clockwise, it starts along the creek on flat ground with a bit or gravel, then you go uphill and downhill and up hill again where there is a lot of large rocks. Good cardio workout. Once you reach the top, there is a bench. Then you walk a little less than a mile on flat dirt and there is another bench, right before it goes back downhill, where there are a few large rocks, but not too bad at all. Beautiful view of the woods. Saw a few deer and my dog loved the path. There is also an off trail path next to the kiln, but I don't think it reaches anywhere. Expected a little more from the creek, as there wasn't a lot of water but it was very clear. All together, it was a good workout but a bit boring for me. Still scenic though, despite the seed ticks. Be careful for them because I got them after my hike here. They look like baby ticks.

hiking
11 months ago

Trail is closed due to construction.

Some nice challenging parts. A wee bit boring for the other parts.

11 months ago

Loved it. Dogs could take a dip in the creek for much of the hike.

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