Lewis and Clark Trail and Clark Trail Loop

MODERATE 164 reviews

Lewis and Clark Trail and Clark Trail Loop is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Toonerville, Missouri that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
564 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
23 days ago

This is one of my favorite trail systems in the area that I can get to quickly from my house. You can kind of get it all here, for Missouri anyway. Right off the bat you quickly hit a nice, scenic Missouri River view, and as you continue along the bluff there are multiple spots for stopping at lookouts. I usually take a 20-30 lb. pack and use this area for training, you get some steady, steep inclines out here that will knock the wind out of you and get your heart rate up. This highlighted Clark loop is usually busier than the extended Lewis loop trail.

A couple of things to note, at certain times of year the mosquitos can be absolutely abysmal. I've been here when it's really just impossible to stop moving, and you can see a literal cloud of them chasing you, like little buzzing, blood-lusting zombies. Coming prepared with deet spray and a mosquito net, long pants and sleeves is a requirement.

This trail does have potential to get muddy at times, so be prepared for that as well after it rains.

hiking
2 months ago

great hike with some awesome views of the river as well and the cliffs. Clark trail is a little over 5 miles

3 months ago

Love the Lewis and Clark trails. Understand, there are two. The Lewis Trail is 5 miles and the Clark trail is 8 miles. I have been running the Lewis trail over winter and have run it both CW and CCW; and I tell you that CCW is much easier than CW. On the CCW direction, you basically have two long, steep climbs that will kick your butt. There are several long gradual descents between them. Running the CW direction you have those multiple long, descents, which are now climbs. CW is easily 60/40 uphill; if not 70/30. But don’t let it scare you, either direction is awesome and will give you a great workout; CW just a little more so.

off road driving
3 months ago

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backpacking
3 months ago

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hiking
6 months ago

Trail markings could be better, but overall it was a nice easy hike.

hiking
6 months ago

This is a pretty nice hike and relatively easy, minus a few steep spots. My only complaint is that it's one of the most poorly marked trails I've ever seen. Screen shot a map!

8 months ago

Great trail with lots of variety and some good views. Actual distance is 5.3 miles.

hiking
9 months ago

This was my first stop after a 4 hour drive from Memphis. I did 3 hikes in 3 days and this may have been my least favorite of the 3. There were 2 moderately hikes of elevation but fairly short duration. I took in 2 overlooks of the Missouri River. The trail had a bit of traffic, but the weather was nice so people were out. While there are smooth trails in parts, it gets rocky for several steps and I would be hesitant to bring a dog in that area. I got slightly confused staying on the trail when crossing the dried up river bed as the marker on the rock pile has no mention of the Clark Trail only Lewis. However, if you head off to the left you will see a Clark marker about 50 feet or so. The area seemed nice and parking was not an issue but I wouldn't need to hike this trail again. It would have been nicer had the trail had a bar on it so I could have stopped to wet my whistle.

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail with awesome views.

10 months ago

Thankfully I knew Clark was a little tricky to find from these reviews. We passed a few small dry creeks and came upon a larger creek bed with mostly white/tan rock. Coming out of the creek I saw a "Lewis 3" sign and knew wed had gone the wrong way. We immediately turned around, headed back to the creek bed.. followed it easily to the sign clearly showing where Lewis and Clark part. Easily got on Clark and finished in 3 hours with a few rest stops! Agree with other reviews... head left out of the larger creek for Clark. Head right for Lewis.

11 months ago

I will add to the mosquito issue, don't go without bug spray! Otherwise a nice hike. will take the extended hike next time. Hopefully will have longer views of the river.

hiking
11 months ago

Tons of bugs but 100% shade and great views of the river.

hiking
11 months ago

Tons of bugs but 100% shade and great views of the river.

hiking
11 months ago

The scenery is just amazing. Definitely bring water and a camera. Many parts of the trail are pretty muddy, however, so be sure to dress appropriately (or bring extra towels for the dogs). Several amazing spots to stop and enjoy the scenery! Easily my favorite trail to hike with the dogs. If you bring dogs, just be aware that the past few times we've visited there has been NO trash can to dispose of poop bags, either in the parking lot or along any part of the path!! VERY VERY BUSY ON WEEKENDS, parking may be difficult!! If you're planning on going on the weekend, be sure to come early!

hiking
11 months ago

Bring bug spray. Mosquitoes follow you in literal hordes.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Saw a nice copperhead in the meadow! Be vigilant

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Beautiful!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Was hiking the trail this morning about 9 am and found what looks to be like a males wedding ring!! Had my boyfriend try it on so I know what size it is about and it has the kind of metal on the inside. If you lost a wedding ring please email me the size and type of metal so I can return it!! Toni.wellman10@gmail.com

hiking
Monday, May 15, 2017

Watch out for snakes :)

Friday, May 05, 2017

challenging and beautiful

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Love this hike it was a good day !

walking
Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Easy and awesome!

hiking
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Great hike, gives you the ozark mountains feel. Very fun

hiking
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Great trail! Well marked, and a terrific workout too!

hiking
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Best hike in the Midwest.

hiking
Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Great hike

hiking
12 days ago

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