Lewis and Clark Trail and Lewis Trail Loop

MODERATE 426 reviews

Lewis and Clark Trail and Lewis Trail Loop is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Toonerville, Missouri that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
866 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Stunning views of the Missouri River Bluffs, Best hike in Metro Area This is the most scenic hike in the Metro St. Louis Area. Three sections of the trail pass by limestone cliffs and bluff escarpments where hikers enjoy a beautiful view of the Missouri River. These sections require you to take a short spur off of the main trail. The bluffs are usually about 25 yards from the main trail. These sections come up in the first 2 miles of the hike. Moderately strenuous for Missouri hiking. One possible, yet easy, creek crossing in wet weather. Be sure, at the creek crossing, to take the fork that heads NORTH or else you will be doing the full 8.2 mile loop (Lewis Trail).

hiking
10 days ago

Lewis Trail is 8.3 miles. Clark Trail is 5.3 miles. Both have great river views and some good hills. Always a great hike!

14 days ago

Great trail! Challenging, great views. The trail is marked well. Looking forward to hiking again this spring!!

hiking
14 days ago

Lewis has a lot less traffic on it than Clark. Very few icy spots. Trail was in good condition and easy to follow. There is one spot where a sign would be helpful - there is a cut to the Katy Trail that is easy to mistake for the trail. Distance is 8.2 miles.

hiking
1 month ago

good diverse trail with varied elevation. features fine dust + rocky pathways.

1 month ago

A favorite that’s close by!

trail running
3 months ago

my favorite trail around. a few beautiful overlooks which are easy to get to. a few steep climbs. i havent seen any snakes in the 3 years I have been going there. always well maintained. rocky trail so trail running shoes are beneficial. the 5 mile loop can be walked in about 2 hours. ran in 45 mins to 1 hour.

usually i will only see a couple people along the way. not busy at all.

6 stars

hiking
3 months ago

It was a very nice trail with great little stops and side adventures. The look out over the water is my favorite. Only thing I didn't like was the trash. No snake sightings, but we did run into a family of deer!

3 months ago

My favorite local trail. A tough series of switchbacks being you up and down the river bluffs. However the All Trail mileage is wrong, Lewis is 8.2 miles.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail. All Trails says no dogs allowed, but the sign in the parking lot says dogs must be on leash. I brought my dog and saw several others along the way.
I didn't see any snakes like some other reviewers.
I arrived about 8:15 a.m., and the parking lot was almost full by that time.
I did the full Lewis loop which I enjoyed. You could take the Clark cutoff and shorten the hike by 2-3 miles and still get the same great views of the Missouri River.

3 months ago

Have been hiking this trail weekly for years, my favorite in the area. TRAIL RUNNERS FYI: I've been seeing copperheads just posted up directly on trail lately so be cautious.

4 months ago

Good workout if you take the 8 mile Lewis trail. Great views if the river and lots of elevation. If the streams and rivers had not been dry I would have rated it 5

There were a few intersections that are not marked too well. Glad I had all trails to keep me on track!

trail running
4 months ago

Beautiful empty trail with a great view of the Missouri River. Took the Clark Trail cutoff, which made this 5.3 miles. According to the sign, the entire Lewis Trail Loop is 8.3 miles.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail. Took two hours twenty minutes
Clark trail 5,3 miles

4 months ago

A beautiful trail through Midwest wilderness that leads to a picturesque view of the Missouri River. Fun for the family to explore natures beauty.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a nice trail, with excellent bluffs overlook, plenty of distance to walk or run, well maintained; yet hilly, rocky, and rugged enough to give the user a sense of wilderness. The downsides are parking can be tricky, it fills up fast, and it does get heavy use; however it is long enough that you don't see a ton of people. The trails are clearly marked, except for one section that forked and takes you off to the Katie trail. Carry a map or use AllTrails.

hiking
4 months ago

The Lewis trail is about 3 miles longer than the Clark trail but it is well worth the extra effort. You'll leave the crowd behind and enjoy some solitude plus see some different terrain. Near the west end of where the trail joins the river bluff there is an overlook that would be perfect for you picnic or just a nice rest.

hiking
4 months ago

We did the Lewis trail which is 8.2 miles, although at one point the trail cut off and we ended up on the katy trail and had to cut across to get back on track, thankfully we had this map to rely on, but the trail could definitely be better marked. There are several paths that look like the legitimate trail and are not the legit trail, so be careful and record your path on here. There are some beautiful bluff views. Like someone else said previously they could use some trash cans and a compost toilet at least at the trailhead. The Clark part of the trail is moderately trafficked. We started the trail at 1:30 and still found parking but it was rather full. Despite getting lost we still had a great time!

trail running
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

One of the best hikes close to St. Louis. Lots of river bluff views (would be amazing in the fall), good elevation gain, pretty stone creek beds. Did the Lewis loop. Well marked, with the exception of a couple confusing intersections. Seemed like 8+ miles. Good workout.
Negatives- Very busy trail. If you like people this is your jam...especially the first 2 miles.
I didn't see any trash cans or restrooms at the trailhead.... So the first 1/2 mile was full of litter and pee. Come on man... This is an extremely popular trail, install some trash cans at the parking lot and a porta-potty.

5 months ago

great hike,,, enjoyed it so much,,, get back to car and someone broke in and stole purse,,, they did it to at least 2 other lots.. DON'T BRING ANYTHING..
apparently this happens all the time here and no one has posted anything about it..

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