hiking
11 days ago

hiking
5 months ago

Not a bad hike overall. Hiked it on 30 Jul, 2018 after a few days of light rain. Made the trail slick on the rocks and muddy in the dirt. Summer tree canopy made it not very scenic but it was a nice day in the woods. Since it's a smaller trail and conservation area, there was some road noise on the portions of the trail near the boundary lines but overall was a quiet place. Lots of wildlife and unfortunately, spider webs all over the trail. Probably could have shaved 20 minutes off the total time if I was not constantly reenacting Harry Potter spells with the stick I was using to clear the webs. The trail itself is nearly impossible to lose as it's basically an ATV trail. The true distance is less than the advertised 8.1 miles. Even with shooting down some of the side trails and loops, I hit 7 miles even right at the parking area. Good hills to get the heart rate up and legs feeling the fun but pretty mild over the rest of the trail.

Hiked this trail Sunday 7-29-18. I did not do the small Taconic Loop, only the main big loop. A couple of steep climbs, but otherwise easy. Trail is actually a well marked narrow 4x4 Jeep road. The hike is 100% in the woods and a few clearings, but no long views of any kind, which I was hoping for. Lots of nice creek beds and rocky drainages, and typical MO hardwood forest. Plenty of wildflowers. Took me about 2 1/2 hours to do about 5.5 miles at a leisurely pace. Very little use, in fact I did not see another person the whole time, but it did rain for a time, which I assume kept folks away. Nice feeling of solitude.

backpacking
8 months ago

Beautiful scenery, nice laid out paths.

Can’t say I would ever want to hike where hunters are shooting !

Very pretty hike. Meadows, pineforest, creeks, remnants of old abandoned cabins, small ponds. Good stuff.

hiking
11 months ago

A fun, good on the feet trail. The surface varies from grass to dirt to rock to pine needles to leaves, with two crossings of creeks (one was dry). It was a bit muddy in places when we hiked (mid January) with standing water in places. I liked the variety of forested areas and seeing the LaBarque Creek. Hunting is allowed and all the hunters I have seen there seem to know exactly what they are doing.

hiking
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Best part is it's usually empty. The long loop has some nice woodland hiking, but no real vistas or interesting views. Good to except use the legs, but not much more.

on Taconic Loop Trail

walking
Saturday, September 02, 2017

Really pretty, but people do hunt here very close to the trail, or they were this morning (sept 2). this surprised us as firearms are prohibited for deer here and it isn't turkey season yet but yeah, guns going off in this park. The trail is overgrown and narrow at points with poor visibility, so just be aware of that... prob not a super safe place to bring kids if they are the type to run ahead or want play off trail at all

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Quiet and peaceful hike through the woods and across dry creek beds. The path shown on the map is a combination of the LaBarque Hills Trail and the Taconic Loop Trail according to the Dept of Conservation information provided at the trail head. Distance of 8 miles is overstated. The trails are well maintained and signage is good.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Great trail! Goes from beautiful oak hickory forest to bedrock glades with solid bedrock streams.

hiking
Sunday, March 05, 2017

The trail was fairly easy , great on the feet. Nice wide path, loved crossing the stream numerous times, the best part is not hearing traffic !!

hiking
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Not sure what trail we took, but was a beautiful hike. Great day and beautiful scenery. They sure did thin out woods. Will be back!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

This trail is part of the Young Conservation area. This was a trail where part of it was very easy to follow but in other parts it was hard to actually find the trail. Signage was poor.

hiking
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Did this trail with big extended family. Doable for everyone from age 7 up to 60. Pretty views and lovely pines.

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