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Limestone Hill Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily 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

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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.

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muddy
rocky
2 days ago

Nice easy to moderate trail. Parts of it are close to the highway so you’ll hear a little noise in certain areas. Otherwise, a very clear, well marked path. A bit rocky and muddy in some places so be careful if you go after heavy rain!

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bugs
rocky
2 days ago

Would be an amazing trail at most times but in a time of social distance this path made it impossible because 50% is barely wide enough for 1 person! Beautiful trail but if you have a dog that’s dog aggressive. My dog loved it but it was a struggle to find off trail places to stand while other dogs passed. So Narrow with beautiful rock formations would best describe this trail

hiking
17 days ago

Generally I’d say a beautiful trail despite the noise from the road; some sections are quite rocky or rooty which made for some challenging footing. However, on a Saturday morning, in the time of corona virus, it was less than ideal. We spent a lot of time hopping off the trail for groups to pass, and the narrow path made social distancing impossible. I’d suggest going right at the start of the loop, it seems counterclockwise was the more popular direction.

hiking
17 days ago

Great family friendly trail bring water and a snack and enjoy. If you cross Seckman road you can go play in water in summer.

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rocky
18 days ago

Incline right off, very rocky path in most places. Wouldn’t want to wear thin soled shoes. Very uneven terrain in places and could be slick after a recent rain but, beautiful rock formations and wildflowers.

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muddy
rocky
26 days ago

1 month ago

Love this trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Traffic noise will accompany you about 1/3 of the way. Other than that, beautiful.

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rocky
2 months ago

nice day

hiking
2 months ago

I really don’t know how this has 4 stars. You can hear the highway the entire time. Not worth it

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rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

My favorite trail in the south county area. It does get over grown and tick-y in the warmer months. Turn right at the trail head (counter-clockwise) for a more gradual, but steady incline. I prefer to go left (clockwise), which is a steep incline at the beginning but then once you conquer that, the rest of the trail is downhill and more enjoyable (to me), but harder on the knees.

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muddy
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Well maintained, beautiful trail. One of my favorite trails in the area.

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rocky
3 months ago

Very well-traveled trail. In my one hour hike, I met 116 people. It’s a good work out with lots of ups and downs. But I really wish people would pick up after themselves. Several doggy bags laying along the trail along the way. That is not leaving it how they found it even if the bag is biodegradable.

3 months ago

almost perfect...great distance, great level of difficulty...only down side is the road noise, but that's tolerable.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail with a steep start for the first half mile. The second mile is largely beside a busy road. Shaded throughout during the summer. Trail is wide enough that there isn't much vegetation to rub against and get ticks.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail - good workout!

running
8 months ago

Runnable trail overall that is a little bit technical in spots. Mostly shaded. Not much of a view to speak of but maybe that is dependent upon what time of year you go. Great trail overall!

hiking
8 months ago

the "view" of seckman valley is the phone lines running through a field. I kept waiting to get to the top, then realized we were already there. super easy hike. missed the sunrise because the trees blocked it.

hiking
8 months ago

Overall very nice trail. Dirt rock and roots throughout. Shaded along the entire length except for two areas that cross electric line easements. Other than the proximity to the road on the lower part of the trail you forget that you are inside the city.

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rocky
8 months ago

rocky but not bad loved the hike was not happy the restrooms we're closed in my belief that's unacceptable but a great hike

hiking
8 months ago

One of my favorite local trails to get outside and move. Just enough to get your heart rate elevated.

hiking
9 months ago

This trail is a great workout. The elevation can be somewhat steep and rocky but entirely manageable, even for my 11 year old dog. It is heavily shaded for the majority of the trail so still a great option even mid-day in the summer!

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rocky
9 months ago

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rocky
9 months ago

rocky
10 months ago

95% shaded. Trail in great shape and great fun.

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