Looking for a great trail in Rockwoods Reservation Conservation Area, Missouri? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 4 moderate trails in Rockwoods Reservation Conservation Area ranging from 1.8 to 8.8 miles and from 485 to 843 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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muddy
over grown
11 days ago

I came out here on a cold day so the trail was largely frozen but I could tell from the frozen footprints and rough condition of of the trail that there had been quite a bit of mud and water prior to freezing temperatures. Overall, I would say that it was a very challenging trail in terms of the inclines. But it was also extremely well marked and had some lovely views along the ridge lines. I would highly recommend. Saw Whitetail deer and lots of different bird varieties.

hiking
rocky
15 days ago

nice and Rocky with a few good client

Gorgeous four seasons trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Well-marked trail with no muddy spots to avoid and moderate changes in elevation. Made a 5 mile hike of it by parking in Glencoe and taking the Hamilton Carr trail.

Take this trail counter clockwise for a real workout. I don't know how they rate these trails, but it is rated moderate, same as Schick Trail at Jefferson Barracks Park, which is a cakewalk in comparison. Schick is paved with moderate incline. Lime Kiln has over double the elevation, with steep inclines, extended switchbacks and rocky terrain. This is not for the feint of heart. Suggest you ramp up for this at Powder Valley if you are new to hiking or just getting back in to shape. Wear good shoes, preferably with ankle support, not runners or street walkers.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike today with Stl female trekkers.

I really like this trail. There was a clear path most of the way and multiple changes in elevation. It wasn’t really high but enough to keep it interesting. I passed several hikers along the way, but overall very quiet. The only thing that was missing is a beautiful lookout!

Beautiful

nice trail... took 1 hour 15 min.

Great trail, lots of shade. Good when you want to get in a quick hike.

If you go right at the start there's a nice .75 miles with a lot of elevation although not too steep - a couple gradual switcbacks. the rest is mostly flat and beautiful terrain. no bluffs, no streams, although a nice Creek at the end.

hiking
6 months ago

beautiful trail. Lots of covered trail and mostly paved. it's got maybe 2 or 3 hills but nothing difficult. it's really beautiful and not a lot of traffic. very peaceful

hiking
6 months ago

I did the CW hike of this trail on Thursday, July 26th. The first 10 minutes or so parallels the main park road. Between you and the road is a spring-fed creek. It will end at a point where you cross a little foot bridge and see water emerging out of the rocks.

As others have mentioned, going CW gets the hardest part of the trail climb out of the way near the start. Once you ascend to the ridgeline, there is a bench that you can use to take a break.

One of the nice things about the trail is that, on the ridgeline, most of the trail is packed earth with hardly any rocks (in my case it was quite dusty). It resembled a bridle path but without any horses.

Finally, you arrive at the bench marking the descent back down to the trail base. The descent of the trail sure seemed a lot shorter than the ascending portion towards the beginning of the hike.

Once you get back to level ground it's just a few minutes walk back to the trailhead.

Like I indicated, I did the trail on a weekday. The parking lot was fairly full so I can imagine that on a weekend parking might be at a premium.

I am sure almost all people do this hike without trekking poles. But if I were going to do it again CCW, they might come in handy for the descent.

I have read some reviews mentioning ticks. But the path is rather wide and so I never had to brush up against any tick bearing undergrowth.

The trailhead sign said the the trail is 3.25 miles in length. I am a leisurely walker and it took me 1.5 hours to complete the loop while stopping to take quite a few pictures.

Well defined trail, wooded with a nice lookout spot. Fun run!

Trail is well defined and wide. Nice quick hike in the woods. Not overly scenic but nice nonetheless.

trail running
7 months ago

A good trail to run. A bit rocky in a few areas .I'll definitely be back.

hiking
7 months ago

Anyone lose two dogs on the Lime Kiln trail. See Facebook lost and found page. Looks like two vizlas found and turned into St. Louis County Shelter on Baur

https://www.facebook.com/groups/STLMOlostfoundpaws/?multi_permalinks=1754907107940579&notif_id=1529863622393556&notif_t=group_activity

hiking
8 months ago

Nice trail. I enjoyed the elevation changes, was also able to run part of the trail.

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
9 months 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
11 months ago

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

hiking
11 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

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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.

Monday, January 29, 2018

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

Friday, January 26, 2018

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
Sunday, January 21, 2018

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
Tuesday, January 09, 2018

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
Tuesday, January 09, 2018

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
Saturday, December 23, 2017

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

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