Fort Bellefontaine Loop Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
242 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

historic site

trail running
18 days ago

Beautiful ruins of the old military fort make it worth the trip. The stairs down to the water are a must. However, the signage is poor here and the trail dips thru wooded area, paved road, gravel road, gates, and off shoots, so bring your patience and desire to explore. Like another user said, there is a noticeable smell during the trail too.

Near the "trail head", I recommend taking the green grassy path (first left) and not the gravel like the AllTrails path shows.

trail running
21 days ago

1 month ago

walking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

mountain biking
1 month ago

Not a bad trail. Not going to get the adrenaline pumping but it is a good ride. Seeing the old structures is worth the trip.

walking
1 month ago

1 month ago

1 month ago

This trail was a little tricky to find! I didn't see any confusion on the other reviews but we parked at what appeared to be the trailhead according to signage and the trail didn't lead to the river or the historic buildings. We checked back in with the gate guard and he let us know to drive further down near the DYS to finally find the Grand Staircase along the river. It was a really cool historic site. We didn't have time to actually walk along the river but it looked like a nice trail! Definitely want to come back soon to see everything in its entirety.

walking
2 months ago

This was a nice walk with some nice ruins to explore along the way. I didn't start recording until I was significantly in and veered slightly off course at one point. I was slightly surprised that I had to stop at a security gate on the way in - there is a K-9 training area as well as a juvenile detention center on the grounds - but, don't let that deter you. It was a quiet, peaceful trail. However, because of the extra roadways, the trail could really use some markers and maybe some maps posted throughout with different path options.

2 months ago

2 months ago

walking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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

3 months ago

walking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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.

9 months ago

It was a nice trail alot of need historical stuff.

hiking
Monday, May 23, 2016

Flat trail. Some creek and river views.

hiking
Tuesday, March 08, 2016

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.