Cave Springs

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Cave Springs is a 1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Melville, Missouri that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
85 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

historic site

walking
15 days ago

Good for kids- some play area. The name is misleading and underwhelming. The cave is tiny. There are neat chimneys along the one mile trail. Wear pants and close toed shoes- lots of poison ivy and sumac. Lots of shade, so lots of mud along the trail.

hiking
19 days ago

Great spot for us and the kids. Really cool place to visit and not too hard for young children or stroller.

1 month ago

Great little outing for the kids... easy trail and the kiddos loved the little waterfall and the cave.

hiking
2 months ago

Dog friendly easy little trail. Nice little play and picnic area. Great for quick hikes with little ones.

3 months ago

Loved it! Kid friendly. Relatively flat, so not too difficult for my littles and plenty to entertain everyone. We especially liked the playground area.

3 months ago

This is a fantastic park for kids! There are so many paths and little slopes and rocks to climb. There is even a little bitty waterfall. There is a kids play area to the right of the main entrance and directly above the cave.

6 months ago

fun trail with good views and some history

9 months ago

This was a great place to take my eight year old son to explore. We lingered on all of the dirt trails off of the asphalt trail and loved the ruins of the cabins.

9 months ago

A very easy trail.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Kind of weird you ending up in people's backyards, very small trail, but the chimneys are cool, a cool place to explore if you have kids. knocked it all out in less than 30 min

walking
Thursday, May 11, 2017

super easy I would say it's maybe a 30-45 min walk if you take your time. the chimneys are cool but as you go back into the woods you're pretty much in people's backyards which is kind of weird.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Trail is decently maintained. Could use some trash pickup but fairly secluded. Highlight would be the cascades

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Beautiful spots to relax in nature

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Interesting little spot. Great for walking with the dogs.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Nice, well used trails with a pond, bridges, and more. urban hiking with history. It's in KC, not Melville..?

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Creepy but kozy

hiking
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

It's a great park for families with kids or for taking a stroll, but it's not the place to for for a day of hiking as you are surrounded by residential homes.

hiking
Friday, February 17, 2017

This is a nice spot for a lunch break hike. It gives you a chance to stay in the city and not feel like you are in the city. This spot has a surprisingly rich history. A fun little walk but watch your step. It is not in top shape. Many branches and rock to maneuver around.

hiking
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Neat place but some of it is poorly marked and you can end up in someone's backyard

walking
Friday, October 21, 2016

It is a nice short stroll in the woods, in the city. One positive I find is having such a wooded spot essentially in the middle of Kansas City but unfortunately it's just not that large of an area.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

To say there is a waterfall is a bit of a stretch but the area has a lot of neat things to see, is dense with forest, and had plenty of trail options. You don't feel like you're in a city at all.

walking
Sunday, September 18, 2016

Nice trails and easy to get through. Not much of a cave, but enjoyed the afternoon walking around.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

it was alright, the tree was pretty impressive. overall it was short, and I would hardly consider it a cave

hiking
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Cave Spring park is the only privately run and owned park in the KC area that offers hiking trails, scout programs and picnic areas 365 days a year. The park is open from dawn till dusk. If the gate is not open please check the website for updates or call them. The park just added a 1 mile outer loop hiking-jogging trail. There are 4.2 miles of continuous hiking trails counting cutbacks. It will take the average hike about an hour to hike the main trails but add another 45 mins if you do side trails and cutbacks. As for trash and trail conditions. The park is maintained by volunteers. 100%. Boy Scouts, Church Groups and the like. The only full time person is an 83 year old man who has made the park his life and spends nearly every day up there working and cleaning. The park is always looking for more help and programs. www.cavespring.org. The Parks difficulty level of hiking is low. It is a great place for kids and pets with leashes.

hiking
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Pretty easy

hiking
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Beautiful trail. Quick and easy!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Not kept up very well, trash every where. There were some interesting things to see that were man made but nature wise it was less than spectacular. The map is hand drawn with scribble hand writing. There are signs up everywhere though.

hiking
Thursday, July 14, 2016

This a fun trail to take my 5 year old on. I jave taken my dogs. but there are some narrow points on the trail that make it moderatly difficult for passing hikers.

Overall, this trail is a lot of fun with alternate routes branching off the main trail all over the place.

hiking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Great park hidden away off Gregory road. Wooded and quiet. Small but easy to get lost.

hiking
Monday, May 23, 2016

This is a quick hike, but has a few fun spots for kids to enjoy. Like a little creek, and a "cave", and a really old tree.

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