Fort Bellefontaine Loop Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near St Louis, Missouri that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.
Loved this trail - it wasn't very long but all the stone structures to look at made this trail an excellent hike. My only complaint would be the need for more signage to explain what the structures were all originally used for. Well worth a couple hours to see this treasure
The historical stone buildings MADE the hike by taking you back in history to craftsmanship that stands the test of time! Climbing the 75+ stone steps built in the 1930s to the top brought a new view of the river at each tier and an added challenge. We even spotted a large owl roosting in a tree then taking to flight. Lost? - Follow the larger road to the right after descending the stone steps. It will take you up. Go left at the top to get back to pk lot.
It was a nice trail alot of need historical stuff.
Flat trail. Some creek and river views.
This is a wide trail like a dirt road mostly, but still great. There are so many old stone structures to check out & the grand staircase is huge. Definitely worth checking out.
Great atmosphere. Love that the water follows the trail. So much history there, don't forget to read some of the stands.
There is a 3 mile trail with relatively low inclines. You check in with the guard at entrance due to the fact there is a boys home is there as well.
The trail head parking is immediately to the left and starts with an open meadow with beautiful wild flowers. Then the trail goes in the woods following a creek until it meets the river. There seems to be a dump on the other side of the creek due to smells unfortunately. However, I have gone on several hikes and it isnt overwhemling. Interesting points of random stonework, walls, firepits ect sprinkle along the trail (which are in the above pics)until you meet the largest structure, the stairs which is 6 floors high per my fitbit.
You can cut the hike short by climbing the staircase and walk through the boys home parking lots or keep following near the river. However at that point there are no more structures except a small rock wall.
Very lovely place.