Spring Valley Trail

MODERATE 91 reviews
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Spring Valley Trail is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near St Louis, Missouri that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
265 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

cave

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
16 days ago

Paved and very popular, no challenges walking it. Did see a lot of animals. Good path for big groups, beginners, pets, and kids.

hiking
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4 months ago

Unless I completely missed something - trail is closed for construction (April 2017). Still want to come back when it's open

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6 months ago

The Spring Valley Trail is only 2.3 miles long but that is just the outer loop - there is also an inner loop and some side trails - so it can be a good hike if you go on all trails - although they are not marked very well.

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

so much to see and do here. i feel like Dora the explorer!!

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hiking
9 months ago

Biking trail circles an old farm field and can flood from time to time. Actually are two "hiking" trails that take you through the woods, with nice views of Mississippi on the trail closest to train tracks.

mountain biking
10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

2 different trails, a paved trail for biking and hiking which is boring on foot and then a hiking trail into the woods that is a lot of fun.

hiking
11 months ago

The site needs to fix this location. There are 3 trails at Cliff Cave Park. The paved trail is the Mississippi Trail and that I have to admit is pretty boring. The Spring Valley Trail is the earthen treadway that goes by the cave and up on top of the cave within the woods. It's a really cool trail that I would say could be considered moderate until you get on top of the area above the cave. My biggest complaint with this trail is there are a lot of forks in this path and it can be kind of confusing on the path you are taking. For some reason this site has the Spring Valley Trail and Mississippi Trail as the same and I think that's why some people are upset because they're most likely only finding the paved portion which is a let down. In addition, the site doesn't even have the River Bluff Trail on here which is another good small trail with a great overlook of the river. We need to get these fixed because people are relying on this site and not getting the correct information. Right now if you go to Cliff Cave Park I recommend you go to the actual website which gives you a better idea of the 3 different trails. If you want to avoid the paved trail you need to park in the parking area that you first come to on your right before crossing the rail road tracks. The parking lot by the pavilion next to the river is not a good place to start if you want Spring Valley or River Bluff Trail. Both of those trails are accessible from Cliff Cave Road as you go down the hill before the train tracks. I hope this helps future visitors.

No shade along the trail and no river view after you leave the parking lot make for a hot, dusty, uneventful hike.