Fort Bellefontaine Loop Trail

MODERATE 38 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

hiking
3 days ago

5 days ago

The old fort ruins were neat. Trail was ok, easy enough for kids.

17 days ago

hiking
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hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Good, well kept trails. Some elevation changes. Some really good views. Stay left for good trails.

1 month ago

awesome!!! worth the trip

hiking
1 month ago

A great well-maintained trail. A few up and down sections but not strenuous. Much longer Trail than shown on this map IF you stay to the left. Park in the small lot on the first chat road to the left after entering the gate. To find the longest - and most scenic - route, keep to the left as you come to "crossroads" along the way, even if there are gates across the paths. Ignore the gates. The gates are for vehicular traffic. If you pass the canine training area, take the narrow asphalt path up the slight hill on the left just past the building to get back on the more scenic trail. If you end up at the small school, the trail continues behind the school. Construction materials hide the entrance to the trail. As you walk close to Cold Creek, watch for overgrown ruins in the woods. Also numerous ruins of WPA structures near Grand Staircase. Interesting and beautiful trail.

trail running
2 months 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
2 months ago

2 months ago

walking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

mountain biking
3 months 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
3 months ago

3 months ago