Limestone Hill Trail

MODERATE 118 reviews
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Limestone Hill Trail is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Imperial, Missouri that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
305 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Before Limestone Hill Trail splits off to the right from Spring Branch Trail, you will notice the Bollefer Springhouse on the left. Use caution when crossing Seckman Road; vehicles are often fast and frequent. Limestone Hill Trail is a steep and rugged hike with challenging slopes and rough terrain leading you along the base of a limestone bluff, up a hill through an oak hickory and cedar forest and across the hilltop with scenic views of Seckman Valley. There are several benches and overlooks along the trail. You will notice a variety of trees such as honey locust, sugar maple, dogwood, white oak, hackberry and cedars. Among the deep ravines and rough, protruding boulders, wildflowers such as columbine and wild hydrangea can be found growing in the midst of the woody vines and trumpet creepers. Small yellow and red funnel-shaped mushrooms may also be spotted poking through the dark green mosses on the limestone boulders.

hiking
24 days ago

Fun and challenging hike with a dachshund. Probably better saved for when I have a walking partner. I definitely felt like I'd got some exercise. During the week day it felt a little remote for a woman alone.

trail running
28 days ago

Good variety of terrain and hills I use often for trail race training.

hiking
1 month ago

gorgeous trail but right next to a road and houses so you don’t feel completely immersed in the woods. lots of traffic inc dogs on leashes. great non paved trail, good amount of elevation breeze and sunlight. would def come back!

walking
2 months ago

The lower elevation runs almost parallel with the road and is consumed by bush honeysuckle. Once the trail goes uphill, the invasive species decline substantially and the noise from the roads disappears. This is my favorite section of the trail. Beautiful rolling hills with plenty of gorgeous plants. Saw some beautiful moss covered rocks with a lot of Columbine peaking through the moss. This will be a gorgeous sight in early springtime.

hiking
3 months ago

The Limestone Hill Trail in Mastadon State Park is a nice, short outing of some rigor close to St. Louis County and Jefferson County residents. The scenery is ordinary. The dirt, root, limestone trail is easier on the feet than the granite mountains to the south. Please note, the park is closed during holidays, but you can park in nearby subdivisions.

hiking
5 months ago

Fun and love the cliffs

7 months ago

Perfect length and difficulty for my three boys and dog. Plus, they loved the limestone rock formations, birds, and other creatures they spotted along the trail. Can't wait to hike this one again in the Fall!

8 months ago

Not much to see, but a great workout!

hiking
8 months ago

Don't let this trail fool ya. Great workout. Can't wait to do it again.

8 months ago

Nice hike through the woods. A couple miles with some elevation change to keep it interesting. So many butterflies today. Part of the hike has the limestone Bluffs right next to the trail, unfortunately, the highway is also right next to the trail so the traffic noise detracts from the wilderness experience.

9 months ago

9 months ago

Gorgeous cliffs

hiking
9 months ago

Heavy traffic, narrow trails. It is quite the hike though, also very beautiful!

hiking
9 months ago

I hike this trail a few times each week and if you access the trail from the museum parking lot the distance is 2.1 miles, takes me 40+ minutes and burns about 200 calories.

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike, just wish there wasn't a busy road near the lower portion. The scenery made up for it though.

11 months ago

Beautiful local trail that is difficult enough for you to stretch your legs and get the heart pumping.

11 months ago

Great way to spend a couple hours!

hiking
11 months ago

Absolutely amazing. Im new to hiking, this is the second place I've been amd I loved it. Challenging in some areas but a great workout. My dog Taylor loved it just as much as I did. We will definitely be here often.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Nice hike. Easy to access. A good portion of the trail follows a well traveled road.

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