This was my first stop after a 4 hour drive from Memphis. I did 3 hikes in 3 days and this may have been my least favorite of the 3. There were 2 moderately hikes of elevation but fairly short duration. I took in 2 overlooks of the Missouri River. The trail had a bit of traffic, but the weather was nice so people were out. While there are smooth trails in parts, it gets rocky for several steps and I would be hesitant to bring a dog in that area. I got slightly confused staying on the trail when crossing the dried up river bed as the marker on the rock pile has no mention of the Clark Trail only Lewis. However, if you head off to the left you will see a Clark marker about 50 feet or so. The area seemed nice and parking was not an issue but I wouldn't need to hike this trail again. It would have been nicer had the trail had a bar on it so I could have stopped to wet my whistle.

One of the best hikes close to St. Louis. Lots of river bluff views (would be amazing in the fall), good elevation gain, pretty stone creek beds. Did the Lewis loop. Well marked, with the exception of a couple confusing intersections. Seemed like 8+ miles. Good workout.
Negatives- Very busy trail. If you like people this is your jam...especially the first 2 miles.
I didn't see any trash cans or restrooms at the trailhead.... So the first 1/2 mile was full of litter and pee. Come on man... This is an extremely popular trail, install some trash cans at the parking lot and a porta-potty.

great hike,,, enjoyed it so much,,, get back to car and someone broke in and stole purse,,, they did it to at least 2 other lots.. DON'T BRING ANYTHING..
apparently this happens all the time here and no one has posted anything about it..

16 days ago

Many mountain bikes, just be prepared

We did the Lewis Trail today (a Saturday). Perfect weather and no need for bug spray today. Thanks to these reviews, we arrived early (just after sunrise) and are glad we did. By the time we completed the trail, the parking area was double- and triple-parked with cars waiting to find a spot. We agree with others who say the Lewis and Clark Trails are two of the most beautiful in the area. We will definitely be back.

Lewis trail is the better of the 2 here. Clark can get overgrown & seemed less trafficked. Nice elevation changes & mostly easy trail.

On weekends heavily trafficked but if you are looking for a longer walk with beautiful views of the Missouri River then this is the trail. The Lewis trail is 8 miles and the Clark trail is 5 miles. Needs better markings though.