Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center Outer Trail Loop

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Cape Girardeau County Park

Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center Outer Trail Loop is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cape Girardeau, Missouri that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

Length1.2 miElevation gain216 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestLakeViewsWildflowersWildlifeWashed outNo dogs
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A series of short interconnected trails located behind the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center in Cape County Park that make a 1 mile outer loop. There are a few steep hills with one that is washed out otherwise moderately easy with a few benches to rest at. Forest views with a chance to walk across creeks and a wildlife watering hole. This outer loop connects to the Cape Girardeau Bike Trail on one end and the Maple Hollow Trail on the other end. A small part of the trail is paved and wheel chair accessible.

Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is located at the beginning of the trail. This facility has educational exhibits including live animals and bathrooms/drinking fountains.

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Jon Breithaupt
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Hiking

Great facility. You can hike almost 3 miles without repeating much here.

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carolyn Curtis
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My Corner Online
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Hiking

It’s a great trail for a local hike but I wouldn’t drive long distances for it. 

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Matt Williams
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HikingGreat!

nice wooded hike with a lot of branching trails to choose from. a kid's story to read on the spur right off the nature center that our four year old very much enjoyed

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Tånya Reddin
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Hiking

Nice gravel path with lots of ups and downs.

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Whitney Payne
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Hiking

Great afternoon hike that's mostly shaded. There are some good hills to get your heart racing, but it is mostly an easy gravel/paved trail with lots of off shoot options. There were a few parts that seemed to be freshly graveled so make sure you have a good footing. Have fun!

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Steve James
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Walking

This track is from the parking area at Maple Hollow to the trails behind the conservation area. I did all the trails and connectors with a loop back over trails as necessary. Some good hills, all shaded. Very nice if a little shorter than I prefer.

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Jay Holiman
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Hiking

Great gravel trail close to town.

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Jessica Sladek
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Hiking

Clearly marked gravel trails within city limits. Fun place to explore with family. We have seen a lot of wildlife including deer, birds, and a corn snake. Some steep climbs but there are several intertwining trails to take so you can choose how difficult you want.

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Madeleine Van Leunen
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Jennifer Dunmyer
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Hiking

pretty steep climbs in parts but overall easy and pretty sites

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Ben Lipe
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Hiking

A lot to see and not enough time to get it all in. Great place to explore nature with the family.

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Ben Lipe
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Hiking

Multiple short loops of wooded trail in Cape Girardeau. Most of the trail is graveled with some areas like the Maple Loop trail asphalted. Duck pond and birdwatching areas. Wooden bridges over ravines and gorges. Well maintained and worth the visit.

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Jordyn Richmond
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A get away within the city limits. A short hike with a a few steep cardio hills thrown in. Good place to see wildlife at certain times and an array of plant life. You can make the hike longer by connecting to the Maple Hollow trail or the Cape Bike Trail.

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Robert Lowe
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Madison Jackson
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D Dowling
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Tim Dodd
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Mike Heffner
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Jeff Brune
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Jeff Brune
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Kevin McMeel
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Jeff Brune
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Courtney Tinnin
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Mary Flieg
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Joe Grojean
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Joe Grojean
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Joe Grojean
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Tamara Lynn
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Kristin Obermiller
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