Engine House Ruins Trail

EASY 89 reviews

Engine House Ruins Trail is a 1.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Middlebrook, 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
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
98 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Built in 2005, the east entrance starts on a level, gravel 450-feet-long trail bed and leads to the ruins of an old engine house. The engine house was originally built to repair train engines and cards from the Iron Mountain and Southern Railroad in the 1890s and service Sheehan Quarry operations in what is now the state park. By 1902, 16 granite cars were being operated regularly, shipping Missouri red granite throughout the country. At the engine house or at the west entrance to the trail, is a largely dirt wide path that leads the visitor around the back side of the old quarry and over natural terrain.

23 days ago

Very easy hike. Great place to take kids with all the rocks and crevices to play his and seek in. The pinnacle of the hike is amazing! Very unusual monolithic boulders.

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2 months ago

It was my first trail, it was pretty easy, didn't do the entire thing as I had an infant with my crew I was with, but a fun trail none-the-less.

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4 months ago

Very busy in the summer, but best park for unique views. Just do not expect to be without crowds. Great place for kids.

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4 months ago

Awesome easy trail great views and interesting history.

4 months ago

fun for the whole family

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5 months ago

Very pretty area and definitely worth seeing, but lightly trafficked is not really true. If it were not so pretty here, this would be an area to avoid. I went during the week and it was super busy and have been told it is always busy during warm months. Still Go. fascinating geology and history.

5 months ago