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Spring Valley Trail

MODERATE 102 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.

2.8 miles
213 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


horseback riding

nature trips

trail running


bird watching



partially paved



wild flowers


over grown
1 month ago

A bit overgrown and neglected but it is still there. Took a while to find. It starts before the bridge, after the cave on the left. There’s a drain and that’s where the trail actually starts. Also most of it is not paved. Looks like an old trail.

mountain biking
5 months ago

Great for starters!

9 months ago

The trails you know and love are still here! You just have to get to them. Come hike them! At first I thought they ruined the trails. They didn’t. The people who said they ripped the trails out are mistaken. They did not rip them out. They are both still nestled in the woods where they were. The other reviewer that said this is not the place for natural trails is also mistaken. Take the lower trail head to just last the cave. On the left there is a drain, before the bridge, the trail starts there. You can also find it in a few other places along the paved path.

9 months ago

Please come home these trails again! We need to hike it before they over grow. I would recommend parking at the lower trail head. I made the mistake of parking at the upper. It’s a hot walk back up. Park at the lower trail head and stick to the path. Once you pass the cave and before you hit the bridge, you will see a drain to your left. There starts the path to the inner and outer trails. Wear bug spray!

11 months ago

Superb walkways, beautiful scenery... if you are looking for natural trails this is not the place.

11 months ago

nice place to go

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Used to be beautiful trails but they are ripping them out to pave them even though there was already 5 miles of paved trail. Took the adventure and beauty away. :(

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

This trail used to be good, but when you get inside Cliff Cave Park they totally ruined what made it beautiful to begin with. Paving the trail and taking it completely out of the woods is not cool (not to mention the fact that they're bulldozing down all the trees and the woods to accommodate people who want an "easy" nature experience that isn't even in nature anymore...what the hell??). I would suggest hiking on the wooded loop part of this trail and completely avoiding the Cliff Cave Park portion of it altogether. I'm really sad about how they ruined it...

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Beautiful Trail

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

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

Saturday, April 01, 2017

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

Saturday, February 11, 2017

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.

Monday, October 31, 2016

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

Monday, October 17, 2016

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.

Friday, September 09, 2016

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.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

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.

Monday, September 05, 2016

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

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

sucks and I can't give it 0 stars or I would

trail running
Sunday, July 17, 2016

Has beautiful sites. Spring is the best if lower trail isn't flooded. Get to see a lot of baby animals. And agree with other people moderate is a high rating.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The cave is really cool(literally and figuratively) and the trail was nice. However, I wouldn't rate it's difficulty at moderate. There was very little challenge involved, so I'd rate it as easy.

Friday, July 08, 2016

the woods loop at the top of the hill offers nice wildlife.

Monday, June 20, 2016

I enjoyed the trails up through the woods.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

love it

Sunday, May 22, 2016

i would definitely go back again. a beautiful and easy trail!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The park is beautiful but the majority of it should be considered "road" instead of "trails". Not bad if you're biking or running but a bit disappointing when you're expecting to spend a day in the woods.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Great trails nice views. The only disappointment was not being able to find the caves.

rock climbing
Tuesday, March 01, 2016

There is a small trail that you can take to climb up the bluff. Love the views from the top!

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

I've hiked the Spring Valley and Riverbluff. The entrances to both could be better marked. Spring valley has a creek that you have to cross and a incline after that. The Riverbluff (at least the way that I took) had a lot of climbing up the bluff at the entrance.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Nice flat five mile paved loop!

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