Interpretive Loop Trail

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Interpretive Loop Trail is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Thayer, Missouri that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
295 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

The Interpretive Loop trail offers four overlooks that show the sights of Grand Gulf sink hole and the remains of the collapsed cave system as well as the remaining cave located in the Grand Gulf sink. The trail's 119 steps allow visitors to view the bottom of the gulf and the wet-weather waterfall. A platform allows you to stop and take in the beautiful view of the gulf. While hiking down the steps look at the bluff next to the steps and check out the different layers of chert and dolomite. Numerous stopping areas are available for enjoying the view as well as resting while coming back out.

A nice trail for families. One of the trails goes down to the bottom of the canyon. You can 'jump' the railing and traverse along the canyon floor to the cave/natural tunnel/bridge.

hiking
15 days ago

Amazing place

21 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

4 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful short trail. There is a cave underneath that is possible to go to, but im not sure if youre supposed to

11 months ago

short but very nice

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016

Nice clear path.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

short but really nice scenery

Saturday, April 09, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Great view

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Nice little trail worth the stop if your traveling through. There is steps located near the restroom area that leads down to a small waterfall which is worth the trip. The trail that leads around the collapsed cave has some good scenery, but be cautious. There is some pretty big drop offs.

hiking
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

hiking
Sunday, November 01, 2015

Not a bad trail. Several scenic views. It is a short trail of .8 mile. The steps that go down to bottom of the canyon are really neat.

hiking
Monday, July 13, 2015

This is a very cool place with a couple of short trails that show off this geographic feature that is very unique to the area. The blue trail is a .8 mile trail that loops around the rim of the "gulf" with wooded views of the steep cliffs. The red loop is shorter but offer much better views of this small canyon system. There is even a series of steps that allow you to walk down into the bottom of the feature where there is a cave. At the time of our visit there was a good deal of water in the bottom and there was very cool water coming out of the cave into a small pool.

The depth of the canyon was very impressive by Missouri standards and this is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. We walked both loops and spent a little over an hour there.

hiking
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Short hike but is provides views of the collapsed cave not available other wise.

walking
Friday, July 18, 2014

Trail is well marked and is nice for the whole family.

Monday, April 07, 2014

if you live near and havent been here you should check it out.you can see it all in an hour so i wouldnt expect a hiking adventure.

hiking
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The collapsed cavern created an interesting landscape not found in Missouri elsewhere. I found it interesting but not spectacular. The trail seemed brushy, not picturesque. Did it in the spring before leaves came out, that probably made it less attractive.